TODAY'S CHESS PIC OF THE DAY: The 'LEGENDARY' IM!!! South Africa's very own legendary player, International Master Watu Kobese!!! The 1973 born veteran player was taught the game of chess by his father at just age four!!! He played his first tournament when he was just 8 and it was clear from the onset that chess was in his blood!!! Watu Kobese's influence and legacy is not just confined in his home country; he is a respected and adored player in the whole of Africa and Europe!!! This can be attributed to the vast experience that he has on both the local and international chess scene!!! But one cannot run from the fact that his fan base will always be large in his own country due to the immense role that he has played in the histroy of South African chess!!! Watu is 3 times South African closed champion and two times South African open champion; just these achievements are an inspiration given how competitive the same tournaments are!!! Besides, he has represented his country at the Olympiads for more than seven times, the first one being in 1992!!! The FIDE trainer stunned the International chess community when he beat renowned super GM Peter Leko in the 2001 FIDE world championships!!! His influence on the new generation of South African players cannot be overemphasized, and South Africa's first GM Kenny Solomon actually praised Watu and confessed how indebted he was to the legendary player!!! Despite him being a known player all over the World, Watu showed patriotism when he decided to set up the Kobese school of chess just in the heart of Cape Town, South Africa!!! He recently showed his multitalentness when he published Masidlale Uthimba, the first Xhosa chess book!!!
By Chess Zealot