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Robert Gwaze (b. 1982) is a Zimbabwean chess player born in Harare, Zimbabwe. He is a former student at Prince Edward School, in Harare. At age 15 he was a Zimbabwe National Chess Champion at both junior and senior levels.[1]

Robert Gwaze
Country Zimbabwe
TitleInternational Master
FIDE rating2422 (July 2019) 2422
Olympic medal record
Men's Chess
Representing  Zimbabwe
All-Africa Games
Gold medal – first place 2011 Maputo Singles

Gwaze won the African Junior Championships in Kenya in 1998, and got the International Master (IM) norm. Probably his greatest success was at the 2002 Chess Olympiad tournament in Bled, Slovenia when he achieved a rare perfect score, winning all nine of his games on first board for Zimbabwe.[2][3][4]

In 2007, he won the African Individual Chess Championship in Windhoek, Namibia, earning a spot in the 2007 Chess World Cup.[5] In this qualification tournament for the 2010 Chess World Championship Gwaze was eliminated in the first round by fifth-seed Alexei Shirov.[6] In 2010 he came first in the Cuca Trophy international tournament in Luanda, Angola.[7] He took part in the Chess World Cup 2011, but was eliminated in the first round by former FIDE World Champion Ruslan Ponomariov.[8]


  1. ^ Shabazz, Daaim (January 2003), The Talking Drum featuring IM Robert Gwaze, retrieved 2010-06-16
  2. ^ 35th Chess Olympiad: Bled 2002, the encyclopedia of team chess, retrieved 2010-06-16
  3. ^ Shabazz, Daaim (November 2002), IM Robert Gwaze creates buzz with Golden Performance!, retrieved 2010-06-16
  4. ^ Gwaze, Robert, the encyclopedia of team chess, retrieved 2010-06-16
  5. ^ Crowther, Mark (2007-09-17). "TWIC 671: African Championships". London Chess Center. Archived from the original on 4 March 2012. Retrieved 17 June 2010.
  6. ^ Crowther, Mark (2007-11-26). "TWIC 681: World Chess Cup". London Chess Center. Retrieved 17 June 2010.
  7. ^ "Zimbabwean wins Angolan chess tournament". Afrique en ligne. 2010-05-20. Retrieved 17 June 2010.[permanent dead link]
  8. ^ Crowther, Mark (2011-09-21). "The Week in Chess: FIDE World Cup Khanty-Mansiysk 2011". London Chess Center. Retrieved 14 November 2011.

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