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Watu Kobese
W Kobese 
Photo courtesy of Eric Schiller.  
Number of games in database: 183
Years covered: 1990 to 2018
Last FIDE rating: 2324 (2340 rapid, 2296 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2403

Overall record: +74 -63 =45 (53.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 1 exhibition game, blitz/rapid, odds game, etc. is excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (42) 
    B87 B32 B90 B89 B46
 Ruy Lopez (13) 
    C78 C80 C99 C92 C73
 Caro-Kann (9) 
    B10 B13 B12 B14
 French Defense (8) 
    C11 C00 C18 C10
 Sicilian Taimanov (7) 
    B46 B45 B47
 French (6) 
    C11 C00 C10
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (14) 
    C99 C69 C86 C97 C85
 Sicilian (12) 
    B32 B90 B22 B30 B42
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (10) 
    C99 C86 C97 C84 C91
 Queen's Pawn Game (9) 
    D02 E00 D05 A45 A46
 King's Indian (6) 
    E92 E69 E73 E81 E67
 Slav (6) 
    D10 D15 D17 D18
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   W Kobese vs Leko, 2001 1-0
   W Kobese vs S Mikheev, 2008 1-0
   S C Willenberg vs W Kobese, 2011 0-1
   W Kobese vs C Mulder, 2011 1-0
   W Kobese vs G Nsubuga, 2001 1-0

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: [what is this?]
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (1999)
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament 2001/02 (2001)

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Hastings 2005/06 (2006)
   Commonwealth and South African Open (2011)
   Gibraltar Masters (2006)
   Turin Olympiad (2006)
   Gibraltar Masters (2005)
   Khanty-Mansiysk Olympiad (2010)
   Dresden Olympiad (2008)
   Calvia Olympiad (2004)
   Baku Olympiad (2016)
   Batumi Olympiad (2018)
   Tromso Olympiad (2014)

   🏆 Batumi Olympiad
   W Kobese vs A H Abdulgalil Saleh (Oct-05-18) 0-1
   W Kobese vs C Barros Rivadeneira (Oct-03-18) 1/2-1/2
   B Saeheng vs W Kobese (Oct-02-18) 0-1
   E Can vs W Kobese (Oct-01-18) 1-0
   W Kobese vs J Al-Huwar (Sep-30-18) 0-1

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(born Jun-27-1973, 48 years old) South Africa

[what is this?]
This IM was 2nd in the strong "Taça CUCA SA", Angola, 13-19 May 2010 He is also a FIDE Trainer.

Wikipedia article: Watu Kobese

 page 1 of 8; games 1-25 of 188  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. W Kobese vs B Schneider  1-0341990Badenweiler opB42 Sicilian, Kan
2. Blatny vs W Kobese 1-01211991Bad WoerishofenD02 Queen's Pawn Game
3. W Kobese vs Korneev  0-1411991Krumbach openC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
4. W Kobese vs E Dragomarezkij 1-0451991Krumbach opB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
5. T Luther vs W Kobese  ½-½421993AltensteigC86 Ruy Lopez, Worrall Attack
6. W Kobese vs Benjamin  0-1471994Moscow OlympiadB46 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
7. Hracek vs W Kobese  1-0331994Moscow OlympiadC91 Ruy Lopez, Closed
8. D Hergott vs W Kobese  ½-½901994Moscow OlympiadE92 King's Indian
9. W Kobese vs D Sermek  1-0401994Moscow OlympiadB33 Sicilian
10. J Isaev vs W Kobese  ½-½491994Moscow OlympiadC77 Ruy Lopez
11. Alterman vs W Kobese  1-0581996Yerevan OlympiadA80 Dutch
12. B Zueger vs W Kobese  ½-½451996Yerevan OlympiadA10 English
13. E Grivas vs W Kobese  ½-½911996Yerevan OlympiadA80 Dutch
14. E Cekro vs W Kobese  0-1391996Yerevan OlympiadA10 English
15. S J Solomon vs W Kobese  1-0521996Yerevan OlympiadC42 Petrov Defense
16. A Sokolov vs W Kobese  1-0341997Groningen CandidatesC82 Ruy Lopez, Open
17. W Kobese vs A Sokolov  ½-½411997Groningen CandidatesB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
18. Degraeve vs W Kobese  1-0451998Ubeda op 3rdC55 Two Knights Defense
19. Timoshenko vs W Kobese  1-0421998Linares Anibal op 5thA88 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with c6
20. Fedorowicz vs W Kobese 0-1531998San Francisco MechanicsC47 Four Knights
21. W Kobese vs E Schiller  1-0441998Saitek US MastersC41 Philidor Defense
22. Filippov vs W Kobese  1-0481998Elista OlympiadA88 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with c6
23. W Kobese vs Hernandez Guerrero  0-1341998Elista OlympiadB47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
24. Vescovi vs W Kobese  1-0681998Cap d'Agde-AA10 English
25. Lautier vs W Kobese  1-0331999FIDE World Championship Knockout TournamentE92 King's Indian
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Kibitzer's Corner
Oct-12-05  aw1988: This is, if I recall, Africa's strongest player.
Oct-12-05  gadfly: <aw1988>Are you talikng about South Africa (the country) or the African continent as a whole. If it is the continent, I definitely disagree. An example of s higher rated player is Hichem Handouchi from Morocco, with a current ELO of 2574. As a matter of fact, Kobese is currently not even South Africa's highest rated player. George Michelakis has 25 points more than Kobese. If you are talking about peak rating of players, Kobese's best is 2415 which is 10 points lower than Michelakis's current rating. Did not bother to check Michelakis's best rating. I would guess that currently Handouchi is Africa's best player, but I am not completely sure, I must admit.
Oct-12-05  aw1988: Sorry, I did mean South America.
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  WannaBe: Since I am lazy, and have done my 'duty' of writing a bio. Here is a wonderful link on IM Watu!!

If anyone care to research and write a bio. click on the search google link and you'll get more info!

Oct-29-05  offramp: Is he massively overweight?
Oct-29-05  aw1988: Africa too, not America.
Apr-28-08  MadBishop: Well currently, he IS the highest rated player in South Africa. Bt I won't let that deter me as I take him on in a simul in July! Watch out Mr Kobese! ;-)
Aug-04-08  myschkin: . . .
The “African Lion” <IM Watu Kobese> won the South African Open 2008 with a staggering 9.5/11 (+8).

At one stage he had eight wins in a row and was only cooled by a draw to IM Thomas Rendle. IM Kenny Solomon came in second on 9/11 with losses to Kobese and Rendle.

Dec-11-08  gambitfan: Kobese Tu Hoang 1996

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2nd today in "Taça CUCA SA", Angola, 13-19 May 2010:, congratulations!

May-19-10  Raisin Death Ray: Wow! I didn't know George Foreman played chess!
Jun-27-10  wordfunph: Raisin Death Ray: Wow! I didn't know George Foreman played chess!>

lol! happy birthday IM Watu "Foreman" Kobese!

Jun-27-10  Winter: He's more than fit for chessboxing!
Jul-14-12  TaongWalangAlam: Mga kabayan, exercise is also an important part of chess and any other sport. If Kobe Bryant stops exercising, kabayan, he will become like this player Kobese. Oks ba mga kabayan?

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