Watu Kobese

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Watu Kobese
Kobese Watu.jpg
CountryFlag of South Africa.svg  South Africa
Born (1973-06-27) 27 June 1973 (age 45)
Title International Master (1995)
Peak rating 2419 (January 2005)

Watu Kobese (born 27 June 1973) is a South African chess International Master and FIDE Trainer (2005).

Chess Strategy board game

Chess is a two-player strategy board game played on a checkered board with 64 squares arranged in an 8×8 grid. The game is played by millions of people worldwide. Chess is believed to be derived from the Indian game chaturanga some time before the 7th century. Chaturanga is also the likely ancestor of the Eastern strategy games xiangqi, janggi, and shogi. Chess reached Europe by the 9th century, due to the Umayyad conquest of Hispania. The pieces assumed their current powers in Spain in the late 15th century; the modern rules were standardized in the 19th century.

FIDE international organization that connects the various national chess federations around the world

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He has won the South African Closed Championship three times, in 1998, 2003 and 2011, and the South African Open twice, in 2004 and 2008. Kobese was awarded by FIDE the title of International Master (IM) in 1995. He played for South Africa in the Chess Olympiads of 1992, 1994, 1996, 1998, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016 and 2018 [1]

The South African Chess Championship was first organised in 1892 by the Cape Town Chess Club. It is now organised by Chess South Africa (CHESSA), the governing body of chess in South Africa. The tournament is normally held every two years. It is restricted to chess players resident in South Africa and participation is by invitation only.

The South African Open is a chess tournament played in South Africa. It was first held in 1962.

Chess Olympiad biennial chess tournament

The Chess Olympiad is a biennial chess tournament in which teams from all over the world compete. FIDE organises the tournament and selects the host nation.

Kobese is the author of Masidlale Uthimba, the first Xhosa chess book, published in July 2015 and translated from a version he wrote in Zulu nine years before. [2] [3]

Xhosa language language

Xhosa is an Nguni Bantu language with click consonants and is one of the official languages of South Africa. It is also an official language of Zimbabwe. "Xhosa is spoken as a first language by 8.2 million people and by 11 million as a second language in South Africa, mostly in Eastern Cape Province. Total number of users in all countries is 19.2 million (Ethnologue)". Like most other Bantu languages, Xhosa is a tonal language; the same sequence of consonants and vowels can have different meanings, depending on intonation. Xhosa has two tones: high and low.

Zulu language language of the Zulu people

Zulu or isiZulu is the language of the Zulu people, with about 10 million speakers, the vast majority of whom live in South Africa. Zulu is the most widely spoken home language in South Africa, and it is understood by over 50% of its population. It became one of South Africa's 11 official languages in 1994.

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  1. "Men's Chess Olympiads: Watu Kobese". OlimpBase. Retrieved 28 July 2012.
  2. Mariska Morris (10 July 2015). "First Xhosa chess book launched". GroundUp. Retrieved 10 July 2015.
  3. Sandiso Phaliso (8 July 2015). "First isiXhosa chess book to build kings, queens". Independent Online. Retrieved 10 July 2015.
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