|Full name||Watu Kobese|
|Peak rating||2419 (January 2005)|
Watu Kobese (born 27 June 1973) is a South African chess International Master and FIDE Trainer (2005).
He has won the South African Closed three times, in 1998, 2003 and 2011 and the South African Open twice, in 2004 and 2008, and became an International Master in 2005. He played for South Africa in the Chess Olympiads of 1992, 1994, 1996, 1998, 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2010.
Kobese is the author of Masidlale Uthimba, the first Xhosa chess book, published in July 2015 and translated from a version he wrote in Zulu nine years before.