Zambia: A Zambian becomes a Grand Master in chess

Kenya Chess Blog on the amazing journey of the “Zambezi Shark”: “Amon simutowe has become the first man from sub-saharn Africa to achive GM status. The zambezi shark achived this noble feat at the Euwe Stimulans.:


  • ron

    How does one acheive GM status?

  • As I understand it, you need to have a ranking of over 2500 – even if you don’t maintain it for a long period of time – and you need two successful tournaments playing against other Grandmasters. It’s quite an achievement.

  • isaac mwale

    thanks be to God

    man indeed you have made zambia prioud. it’s heart breaking to see us zambians fail to achieve. i give my thanks towards your hard work. my god contiue to bless you.

  • Abba Munansangu

    I was at the world chess federation web site today, 2/10/2007 and Amon is still rated as an Internationa Master. Can someone clear this misinformation!

  • michael mutale

    Okay the way i understand this is that although he has his norms he has to get his rating above 2500 and then he will in every way be considered a grandmaster but then again i have seen quite a few grandmasters of less than 2500 strength or rating but this could have been because it has come down.

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