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South Africa scores first chess grandmaster

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South Africa scores first chess grandmasterJanuary 9, 2015 — South Africa now has its first ever chess grandmaster. He is 33-year-old Kenny Solomon from Cape Town.

South Africa’s Kenny Solomon who started playing chess at the age of 13, is the second grandmaster in sub-Saharan Africa after Amon Simutowe of Zambia and the eighth African.

The chess grandmaster title – awarded by the world chess organization FIDE – is the highest one that a chess player can attain and is held for life.

Solomon, who is married to an Italian chess player, received the title after winning the 2014 Africa Chess Championship which ended a few days ago in Namibia.


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