Musatwe Simutowe of Zambia won the Lesotho Open in style. Musatwe went through the tournament without losing a single game.
He drew two games to end the tournament with a convincing victory. Elder brother to Grandmaster Amon Simutowe, Musatwe showed that chess is a big part of the family. Prior to the tournament he was the top seed by way of ranking and certainly did not disappoint. The soft-spoken Musatwe plies his trade in Johannesburg and had made his way to the mountainous kingdom together with many other chess aficionados for the tournament.
The very first FIDE rated tournament in Lesotho took place this past weekend over two days running from Saturday to Sunday at the BMI Hotel. Simutowe won the tournament with 6 points out of a possible 7. Has was 0.5 points ahead of Themba Nene and Lekalakalae Malusi who were tied on second place with 5.5 points.
The tournament was played at the BMI Hotel in Teyateyaneng who were also an exceptional host to date as well as the Department of Sport in Lesotho who have provided a free bus to shuttle players between Maseru and the hotel on a daily basis. This left the players will very few things to worry about, apart from actually playing the game.
The BMI Lesotho Open was made possible by the generous funding of the Kasparov Chess Foundation Africa who also provided the chess clocks for the tournament and were involved in the organising of the tournament. Lesotho can now boast of hosting a FIDE rated tournament. Let’s hope this is a sign of greater things to come in future.
Below are the results from the FIDE section of the tournament and more pictures from the event.