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That's old, old info Martin Stahl .... from May 25,2010:
Rob Gwaze made his norm... 1st ever GM from Zimbabwe... 2nd ever African GM from Southern and Sub-Saharan Africa... 2 years after Zambian Amon Simutowe got his norm.
While that article does say that he is a GM the FIDE site still lists him as a IM; not saying that he didn't get that last norm and and the fees weren't paid, just that he isn't listed as such. Also, his rating hasn't been over 2500 so I don't think he did qualify, even if he has 3 norms.
So, at the time I posted that (2 years ago), it doesn't look like the information was incorrect. Of course, it is entirely plausible I missed something and I still don't know how to find out how many norms a player has so the part about the 3 norms may be correct.
Perhaps this will shed light on this discussion. Thechessdrum.net site by Daaim Shabazz is dedicated to just this issue. For those who aren't familiar with Shabazz, he's one of the foremost experts on the subject of pigmentation monitoring of chess players & he clearly has dedicated himself to this seemingly important area of study. His hard work & dedication in the area of pigmentation monitoring should be a beacon of encouragement to all pigmentation monitors everywhere. Given his expertise & long time commitment to the practice of obsessing over the skin color of chess players (pigmentation monitoring) it seems sensible that his research should have significant credibility. Based on his research here is a current list of the worlds top black chess players as of 23 Aug 2013. The OP mentioned that he was having trouble finding any over 2500, there aren't any at the moment & if the 2 inactive players are removed from this list (Gwaze & Simutowe) then there are only 2 active in the world over 2400 & 4 active over 2300. This is the top 5 & their world rank (if there are any missing please post player & rating):
Active players Including inactive players
1 Pontus Carlsson 2499 # 790 1 Pontus Carlsson 2499 # 942
2 Maurice Ashley 2446 # 1,348 2 Amon Simutowe 2449 # 1,651
3 Kenny Solomon 2372 # 2,757 3 Maurice Ashley 2446 #1,693
4 Watu Kobese 2356 # 3,168 4 Robert Gwaze 2428 # 2,083
5 Willie Morrison 2299 # 5,077 5 Farai Mandizha 2411 # 2,612
I hope this helps in the research
More fun facts: top children to pass 2500
1. Sergey Karjakin 12 yrs, 3 mths
2. Judit Polgar 12 yrs, 4 mths
3. Magnus Carlsen 13 yrs, 3 mths
4. Wesley So 13 yrs, 5 mths
5. Yi Wei 13 yrs, 6 mths
Is Justus William included here ? He is a great player with a title,IM if i not mistaken.He also plays regularly with Carlsen in friendly matches.
Justus Williams has no title yet. He has to pass 2300 first (fide rating, the only one that matters internationally) to even be a FM & his fide rating is 2251. He is however ranked # 115 in the world for his age group (under 16, he's 15 years old) & # 12 in the U.S. for under 16 year olds. Here's the website
Currently, Kayden Troff is the only IM in the U.S. under 16. On this site you can filter your searches various ways. Under category you can select age ranges. By country, by title, etc. Also, you have to leave the title section blank (it'll show - ) in order to search by age category because if it's set to show GM's, IM's, & FM's it will limit the ranking list to only titled players. Leaving it blank it will show all players based on just the rating.
Omg you guys r African players l am african which part of Africa do you come from
is this not a pseudo racist blog?
I am disappointed
Because it's only pseudo racist?
I was wondering if you had died.
Yes, for a time.
Andy is immortal. I like to think of him as Abe Lincoln 2.0
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