Makoto one of Zimbabwe’s best players

INTERNATIONAL MASTER RODWELL MAKOTO ha s come a long way. Born in 1987 and raised in the dusty streets of Mabvuku where like every kid used to play the plastic ball and would visit and play the game of chess at a tender age of 12 when he was in grade 6 at Batanai Primary School before going to a secondary school at Mabvuku, Msengezi and finally Prince Edward school.

While he was in form one he broke into the senior team at Mabvuku high school together with his pals Lloyd Moyo and Elisha Chimbamu. The two players Makoto and Chimbamu were to leave Llloyd Moyo at Mabvuku High school till he finished his O and A Level. He won the national junior chess championships as well as making it in South Africa when they went as a school while at Msengezi becoming the first school in Southern Africa to win a gold medal.
The cabinet of the young man is full of trophies of both local and international accolades. When he went down South his game was upped. He is doing some coaching as well as studying Computer Engineering. He won the senior men’s National championships from 2007,2011,2012, 2015 and 2016. He won the National championships for a record five times. His attacking prowess has brought a lot of positive results. In 2006 Makoto came third at the Africa Junior chess Championships.
His major achievement at International level was winning the South Africa Open in 2012 ahead of GM Ahmed Adly though they were tied on the same points 9/11, but he won it on tie-break rules. In 2013 he came the second best Zimbabwe Sports person of the year after Dejong the golfer who was the eventual winner. He took part in 3 Olympiads namely: Instabul, Turkey, Trompso, Norway and Baku, Azebejan. This made him play against the world’s best like the current second rated player in the world Mamedyarov as well as the former world champion Kassimdzhanov. He lost against Mamedyarov but he was better on the position i think it was an element of experience that ensured that the champion prevailed over Makoto. He also drew against Nigel Short sometime last year at the South Africa Open. This was an achievement and he says it was one of his best games against the Grand Mastser.
Another one was against Grover of India. The writer thinks that if the man is given an opportunity to showcase his talent to the world through competitive play in many rated tournaments of repute he can become Zimbabwe’s first Grand Master.Recently he won an online tournament hosted by Africa chess net. Well done the sky is the limit stay focused and never look back you came a long way.

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