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Robert Gwaze
Number of games in database: 39
Years covered: 2000 to 2012
Last FIDE rating: 2422 (2459 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2454

Overall record: +17 -17 =5 (50.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (10) 
    B90 B30 B78 B70 B43
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (5) 
    B43 B42 B40
 Sicilian Kan (4) 
    B43 B42
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NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   British Championship (2004)
   Bled Olympiad (2002)
   Chess Olympiad (2012)

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   M Haddouche vs R Gwaze (Sep-07-12) 1-0
   W Elliott vs R Gwaze (Sep-06-12) 0-1
   R Gwaze vs B Gundavaa (Sep-04-12) 0-1
   A Rodriguez Vila vs R Gwaze (Sep-03-12) 1/2-1/2
   R Gwaze vs E Elbaba (Sep-01-12) 1-0

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(born 1982) Zimbabwe

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Born in Harare, Gwaze is an IM with two GM norms* and is Zimbabwe's top player. He won the African Junior in 1998, and was Zimbabwean junior and senior national champion at 15. In 2002, he won the individual gold medal at the Bled Olympiad for board one, winning all 9 games (****) he played. In 2007, he won the African Championship which qualified him to play at the World Cup (2009) where he lost in round one to Alexey Shirov. He won the Gaborone Open (Botswana) 2010 and the strong "Taça CUCA SA" tournament in Angola, 13-19 May 2010.** He also won the African Zonal 4.3 qualifying him to play in the World Cup (2011); there he faced and bowed out to Ukrainian super-GM and former FIDE Champion Ruslan Ponomariov in the first round.

References: * **, *** Wikipedia article: Robert Gwaze, **** Wikipedia article: World records in chess

 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 39  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. R Gwaze vs M Marin  ½-½49200034th OlympiadB07 Pirc
2. A Simutowe vs R Gwaze 1-0242001ch-AfricaE45 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Bronstein (Byrne) Variation
3. K Ben Nasser vs R Gwaze  0-1352001ch-AfricaA46 Queen's Pawn Game
4. R Gwaze vs H Hamdouchi  0-1382001ch-AfricaB61 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, Larsen Variation, 7.Qd2
5. R Gwaze vs Y Aronov  0-1522001ch-AfricaA07 King's Indian Attack
6. K Bhowany vs R Gwaze  0-1162001ch-AfricaA16 English
7. R Gwaze vs C Domingos  0-1882001ch-AfricaB30 Sicilian
8. O Molale vs R Gwaze  0-1372001ch-AfricaB07 Pirc
9. R Gwaze vs M Henni  1-0582001ch-AfricaB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
10. R Gwaze vs S Belouadah 0-1662001ch-AfricaB05 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
11. R Gwaze vs T Nyback  1-0292002Bled OlympiadB07 Pirc
12. A Obodchuk vs R Gwaze  0-1902002Bled OlympiadA29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto
13. S Williams vs R Gwaze  ½-½792003Portsmouth opE13 Queen's Indian, 4.Nc3, Main line
14. S Williams vs R Gwaze  0-1262004Hastings Challengers 0304E11 Bogo-Indian Defense
15. R Gwaze vs C Briscoe  1-0792004British ChampionshipC55 Two Knights Defense
16. Hebden vs R Gwaze  ½-½902004British ChampionshipD02 Queen's Pawn Game
17. R Gwaze vs P K Wells  0-1392004British ChampionshipC95 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer
18. F Rayner vs R Gwaze  0-1422004British ChampionshipE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
19. R Gwaze vs A Greet  0-1632004British ChampionshipC02 French, Advance
20. J Rudd vs R Gwaze  1-0392004British ChampionshipC95 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer
21. R Gwaze vs M Lyell 1-0402004British ChampionshipC55 Two Knights Defense
22. A Bigg vs R Gwaze  0-1302004British ChampionshipB06 Robatsch
23. R Gwaze vs I Snape  1-0362004British ChampionshipB70 Sicilian, Dragon Variation
24. J Houska vs R Gwaze 0-1432004British ChampionshipC96 Ruy Lopez, Closed
25. R Gwaze vs P Littlewood  1-0382005Intl TtB78 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 10.castle long
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  GrahamClayton: <Kaspy2>Robert Gwaze is the guy who scored 100% at the olympiad Bled 2002. No other managed to do the same. the african FISCHER

Gwaze's perfect score of 9/9 equalled the record set by Alexander Alekhine at the 1930 Hamburg Olympiad. They are the only 2 players to have recorded a 100% score while playing at least 9 games at an Olympiad.

Jul-28-09  VLADMNIK: Gwaze is reigning african individual champion but he also did not participate in this year's edition due to visa problems
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  whiteshark: "Finally Zimbabwean top board Robert Gwaze made history - <thanks mainly to the low place his team occupied throughout the competition> - as he turned in a perfect score of 9/9!"

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  Tabanus: FIDE page:

Winner of Gaborone Open (Botswana) 2010:, congratulations!

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  Tabanus: Winner today of the "Taça CUCA SA" tournament in Angola, 13-19 May 2010:, congratulations!

Jun-27-10  dakgootje: Note his rating performance was only 2313 due to weak opposition [won against a couple of unrated players].
Feb-26-11  64rutor: Will Gwaze be next African GM?
Article written by Daaim Shabazz:
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  wordfunph: just curious to visit this page coz IM Gwaze amassed $200 bookie bet to win over Pono in the World Cup.
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  Albertan: "Katowa stuns Gwaze in chess finalz" :
Nov-10-12  akinov: Gwaze is indeed a great talent !! looking forward to him crowning it with the Grand master title !!
Feb-20-14  AnMN7: Gwaze deserves more <respect>
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  perfidious: Why?

Respect is not handed out as though it were candy-one must earn it.

Jan-09-15  Severin: Is he the reason why they started giving out board prizes based on performance rating? Because getting first board prize with a rating of 2313 is an embarrassment...
Oct-26-15  zanzibar: ChessDB has a nice series of pictures of him:

Just click on the image to cycle through them.

(I wish <CG> had a similar feature, for those players whose career spans decades, etc.).

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  alexmagnus: Gwaze' opponents in that 9/9 score were not all weak... Actually, due to that score he has a Carlsen number of 2 (Gwaze beat Nybäck who beat Carlsen in 2008).
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  alexmagnus: Here are those opponents (Gwaze himself was 2280):

Nybäck 2445 (29 moves)
Roedgaard 2345 (105 moves)
Obodchuk 2423 (90 moves)
Hassan 2296 (64 moves)
Gluckman 2384 (44 moves)
Wong 2297 (42 moves)
Gajadin 2192 (18 moves)
Borigas unrated (33 moves)
Almannai unrated (27 moves)

I wonder how some here calculated his performance at 2300. Did they take the unrated players as 0 or what? Even then it should be more. And Borigas was probably more like 2000 level (he has 1885 today and is quite old, born 1958)

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  alexmagnus: In other words, even if we take unrated players as 0, here is the lower bound for his performance in that event after each round

1 2635
2 2733
3 2821
4 2848
5 2890
6 2910
7 2913
8 2644
9 2438

That is, if we take the last two players as rated <zero>. Putting them both at 2000 brings that number to 2882.

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  offramp: It's annoying that he has so few games in the database. Only a dozen games from the last 10 years! Is he on an educational hiatus, such as Reshevsky had? I suppose he is 22 now, so if he has been at Uni then he might soon be released again into the chess world.
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  alexmagnus: Yea, even that 9-game-streak is not here (only two of the nine - against Nybäck and Obodchuk). The other seven are to be found on the olimpbase site.
Jul-01-16  SimplicityRichard: This thread has quite a number of issues in discussion.

1. Chess Rating
2. African Chess
3. Africa in General.

I have often thought that African players may be seriously underrated due to the fact that they play less tournaments with few or no elite players at that. This means that the rating of good African players cannot rise because they are generally playing and winning against lower rated players. I began to feel this way after GM Ahmed Adly won the 2007 Youth World Championship by crushing very strong GMs in his wake. Ahmed was only rated around 2300 at the time. The following year Ahmed beat Carlsen in their individual game.

It is now evident to me that chess rating though indicative of chess strength, is affected by the region of chess activity and is thus an unreliable predictor of real chess strength between players from different parts of the world. There is an article by one of our Kibitzer's on this subject. I believe it might be <visayanbraindoctor>.

On the issue of Gwaze's Visa problems, it is rather unfortunate but true that holding an African passport and attempting to travel outside of the continent is incredibly difficult. Most African travellers attempting obtain Visas to travel to the West are generally thought of as economic migrants and thus denied Visas; I have to add that many are indeed economic migrants but not all. In fact, contrary to what one might view in the media, there is a reverse phenomenon taking place at the minute, with many migrants of African origin (diasphora) voluntarily migrating back to the continent as there are those trying to get ashore into Europe. The fact is, for most Africans, the ideal situation at present is to make money in the West, but retire in Africa where the standard of living will be higher owing the differences of currency exchange and buying power, than settling the West.

And therefore Gwaze will always have Visa problems by virtue of his continent of birth and residence. Nevertheless, he is indeed a very fine player whose full potential is somewhat obstructed by his circumstances.#

Jul-01-16  SimplicityRichard: Correction: ....the year before, Ahmed had beaten Carlsen in their individual game though Ahmed lost to the current World Champion, Carlsen, in 2008.#
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  alexmagnus: Adly beat Carlsen in 2006. But Carlsen was not yet the Carlsen we know today, he was "only" 2625 back then. Adly himself was 2473, a 150 point difference is well within what an outsider could manage in a single game. Actually, even in a short (up to 4 games) match.

Also, the history of African players at the World Cups speaks against them being underrated. While they landed occasional single-game upsets, I can't remember an African ever advancing to the second round. Chess is just not as popular in Africa, so there is no room for superstrong players to emerge.

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  alexmagnus: <I can't remember an African ever advancing to the second round.>

Just checked if my memory served me well. Almost: there was exactly one such case. Bassem Amin beat Saric in the first round of the 2015 World Cup (2:0), before losing on rapids to Jakovenko in the second round.

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  alexmagnus: But even that was not an upset to support the "Africans are underrated" theory. Amin and Saric were about equally rated (2640 vs. 2661).
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  MissScarlett: < Chess is just not as popular in Africa, so there is no room for superstrong players to emerge.>

There could be another reason.

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