Rodwell Makoto is a Zimbabwean chess player. He was national champion in 2007, 2011, 2012, 2015 and 2016. He won South African open ahead of top players in 2012. He was awarded the Sports Man of the Year award in 2012 and was part of the Zimbabwe Chess Olympiad team in 2012, 2014 and 2016.

Rodwell Makoto
International Master
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Personal information
National team Zimbabwe
Born August 2, 1987


Childhood and Education

Rodwell Makoto is an only child. He grew up in Mabvuku attended Batanai Primary School for primary school, and Msengezi High school, in Chegutu and Prince Edward school, Harare, Zimbabwe for secondary school. He also studied Computer Science at the University of South Africa.[1]

Chess Career


4th in African Chess Championships.


Won South African Open

3rd at 2012 Capablanca Open Chess Festival Prestige A


Gained his IM Norm


4th in TACA CUCA BGI 2015 OPEN - Angola

Winner at 2015 Capablanca Chess Tournament (IM Norm Section) - South Africa

Other interests

He has coached chess in schools round Randburg area and Boskop primary school in Honeydew.[2]

In 2017 he conducted a number of high intensity chess clinics for selected trainees in Kenya.[3]


  1. Inspiring, The Inspiring Journey of an African Chess IM , Published: 22 May 2018 , Retrieved: 21 June 2018
  2. [1], Kotov Rodwell Makoto-Zimbabwe national chess champ Interview , Retrieved: 21 June 2018
  3. [2], IM Rodwell Makoto of Zimbabwe visits Kenya , Published: 16 April 2017 , Retrieved: 22 June 2018