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Biography of Amon SIMUTOWE

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Born on 06/01/1982 (format : day/month/year)

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Amon Simutowe (b.January 6, 1982),  is a Zambian International Master of the Fédération Internationale des Échecs (FIDE) or World Chess Federation.

Born in Zambia, a country of resplendent beauty, the lad had originally set his dreams on being a striker for the Zambian national football team, after starring at the youth level. However, his life was changed forever when his brother Solomon introduced him to chess at the age of ten. Today Amon Simutowe is the first sub-Saharan African to complete his GM norms
Born January 6, 1982 in Ndola, Zambia, Amon has burst on the chess blazing a trail of tournament successes unprecedented for a player from the African continent. Already an IM, he took up the royal sport from his brother at the age of 10, won his first tournament at 12, and won the Zambian championship at age 14. He won the African Junior Championship both in 1999 and 2000 (both GM norms). Upon his rise came a string of successes including an equal 2nd at the 2000 world Junior Championships where he scored 8½-4½.

The young IM has enjoyed success in tournaments throughout the world and has played in approximately 30 countries. Simutowe won a silver medal on board one for the Zambian national team at the 2000 Olympiad (Istanbul, Turkey) and has qualified for and competed in the FIDE World Championship on three occasions. Simtuowe left his native Africa to pursue higher education in the United States at University of Texas at Dallas (UTD)

While being a resident in dallas, he competed for the collegiate team and held UTD win two collegiate championships. He was well-liked and well-respected member of the Dallas chess community and participated in many events. After earning a degree in Finance and Economics with high honors from the Univertsity of Texas at Dallas, he embarked on a path to earn his final norm. After embarking on a tour tournaments in the Us, he traveled to the Netherlands to compete in the Euwe Stimulus tournaments. Simutowe scored a stunning victory and earned his final GM norm scoring an undefeated 7½-1½.He becomes the 6th Grandmaster in the history of Africa, the first from the sub-Saharan region.

Last update : 05/30/2009

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