Makoto wins the final chess grand prix

International Master Rodwell Makoto is the winner of the last Grand Prix which was hosted by Harare at Causeway Post Office from the 30th of November to 1 December. He won 6 games and drew his 6th game against Spencer Masango.

Rodwell Makoto
Rodwell Makoto

He however escaped from the jaws of defeat against Farai Masanganise who lost in a blitz ending of a pulsating game. He pocketed a cool $400 dollars for winning the tourney. Makoto is now the overall winner of the Grand Prixes with 57 points , he is going to pocket a $1000 for winning the overall first prize in these Grand Prixes.

The United Kingdom based Hope Mkhumba made a surprise come back to Zimbabwe chess when he claimed second position with 6 points out of 7 games. He won one of the most interesting games against CM Dion Moyo in the final round. He made some very good sacrifices which were followed by the correct continuations resulting in the demise of Dion Moyo.

Bismarck Bhobhojani was another culprit who lost to Mkhumba. His only loss was to Lloyd Moyo on the first day of the tourney and after that he never looked back. Farai Janyure, Lloyd Moyo and Spencer Masango were all tied on the second position with 6 points out of 7 games of play.

Anyway Zhuwawu,and Hamilton Mandeya had 5,5 points out of 7 games. There were ten players tied on 8th position with 5 points. Elisha Thabo,Dion Moyo, Bismarck Bhobhojani, Elisha Chimbamu, Heath Darare, Gibson Malije, Lewis Kahoba, Laston Maveza, Gift Sithole and Clive Mpambela.

Meanwhile Zhemba Zhemusse was the best scholar with 4,5 points . Lawrence Tavagwisa of Prince Edward School was the second best scholar.

Colleta Wakuruwarehwa was the best lady while kudzai Nyamurowa was the second best lady. Collins Mabodongwa was the best under 14 player followed by Mpumelelo Moyo was the second best under 14 player.

The tournament was run by Elton Mhangarayi of the Zimbabwe Chess Federation and there was a record turnout of 166 players who attended the tourney.

Meanwhile the dates for the most prestigious Zimbabwe Open have been announced. The tourney starts on the 28th of December at Causeway Post Office. The tourney usually takes 5 days. For more information get in touch with Elton Mhangarayi.

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