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The delighted GM-elect receiving his first prize in Arnem [Photo Ben Schulte]

Amon Simutowe of Zambia who recently acquired a Bachelors degree from the University of Texas in Dallas – USA is the world’s newest Grand Master for the game of Chess. The event was being held in the Dutch four-star NH Rijnhotel, on the banks of the river Rhine in the town of Arnhem, which is famous for the John Frost Bridge, the site of inspiration for the book and film ‘A Bridge Too Far’ and the 1944 “Battle of Arnhem”.

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In the lobby of the Rijnhotel there is a big exhibition of Dutch Chess Art

Perhaps the brightest star to rise on the African horizon in a long time Amon who was born on January 6, 1982 in Ndola, Zambia, has burst on the chess blazing a trail of tournament successes unprecedented for a player from the African continent. Having won his first tournament at 12, he went on to win the Zambian championship at age 14.

Final standings

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Ziska,H (2392) – Simutowe,A (2421) [B15]
Euwe Stimulans Arnhem NED (8), 25.08.2007
1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.f3 g6 4.Nc3 Bg7 5.Be3 Qb6 6.Qd2 Qxb2 7.Rb1 Qa3 8.exd5 Nf6 9.dxc6 bxc6 10.Bc4 0-0 11.Nge2 Ba6 12.Rb3 Qa5 13.Bxa6 Qxa6 14.0-0 Rd8 15.Ne4 Nbd7 16.N2c3 Qc4 17.Qe2 Nb6 18.Nd2 Qxe2 19.Nxe2 Nfd5 20.Bf2 Nc7 21.Ne4 Ne6 22.Rd3 Nd5 23.Rfd1 Nb4 24.Rc3 Rac8 25.a3 Nd5 26.Rcd3 Rb8 27.Rb3 Ndf4 28.Nxf4 Nxf4 29.Nc5 Rxb3 30.Nxb3 e5 31.Na5 exd4 32.Nxc6 Rd7 33.Kf1 Ne6 34.c3 d3 35.Nb4 d2 36.c4

According to news reports from Arnhem, the 25 year old Amon actually completed his final GM norm with a round to spare, after a dramatic eigth-round encounter with IM Helgi Dam Ziska of the Faroe Islands. Simutowe had 6.5/7 needed just a draw to fulfil the norm, having won all his games but one in the previous rounds.

We at the Zambian Chronicle would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Amon for his great accomplishments and much for making the Zambian Enterprise proud … thanks a trillion.

Brainwave R Mumba, Sr.

CEO & President – Zambian Chronicle

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