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2012-05-05 : Capablanca Open a Huge Success with New Format                                            
The experimental format of the 2012 Capablanca Open proved to be a resounding success and is likely to serve as a model for many new tournaments in the future.

The tournament ultimately boasted no less than 5 FIDE rated round robin events and resulted in fighting chess from the opening round until the very last game of the tournament.

Capablanca Open It took a marathon 112 move marathon between IM Johannes Mabusela from South Africa and CM Providence Oatlohotse from Botswana to finally decide the closely contested IM norm section.

This flagship event was made possible by sponsorships from KCF Africa and CHESSA and was ultimately won by IM Watu Kobese with a total of 6/9. This score itself bears tribute to the fighting nature of the games played during the course of the event.
The top rating performance (2547) was recorded by IM Robert Gwaze who comfortably won the B-section with an impressive total of 8.5/9. He continues to inch closer to the required 2500 rating mark and is looking ever more likely to soon secure his final GM norm in the near future.

We were extremely fortunate to have a player of this class in the field and his participation helped a number of B-section players record notable performances.

Congratulations are also due to Justin Wilken (Prestige C), Zwakala Ntando (Prestige D), Rudolph Willemse (Prestige E), Cornelius Mulder (Open A), Hedrik du Toit (Open B), Ewald Schoeman (Open C) and Ruan Schutte (Development) who all won their respective sections. Special thanks is also due to the Eduplex school in Queenswood which provided an exceptional venue for the tournament.

Results are available here
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