Archive for February, 2008

Nigerian IM Odion Aikhoje has launched a very interesting blog which features everything from chess to recipes! He also has a nice collection of photos at several major events including the All Africa Games and the Olympiad. Aikhoje told me that he is in London, England studying in a Sports Management MSC program. He then […]

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(clockwise L-R) IM Emory Tate, GM-elect Amon Simutowe, GM Pontus Carlsson, GM-elect Amon Simutowe, IM Emory Tate, GM Pontus Carlsson The Málaga Open kicked off in Spain and three players certain to add excitement to the event are IM Emory Tate (USA), GM Pontus Carlsson (Sweden) and GM-elect Amon Simutowe (Zambia). The three will join […]

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Back in 2001 there were rumours circulating that Bobby Fischer was playing games at the Internet Chess Club. GM Nigel Short was one of the first to make the claim that an extremely strong player used several anonymous accounts to play top players. Short had apparently heard it from a player in Greece (where he […]

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For Immediate Release: PR Contact: Meko Gaborski, (323) 335-4497 gaborski@shinkenpublicrelations.com Hip-Hop Chess Federation Teams with Top Rappersto Celebrate Black History Month HHCF Brings San Quinn & Balance to Speak to Youth About Overcoming Life’s Challenges February 25, 2008 San Jose, CA – Hip-Hop Chess Federation (HHCF) founder Adisa Banjoko will team up with rappers San […]

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Agony of Defeat!

Following the 2008 Linares tournament, I watched the Ivanchuk-Aronian video with a bit of pity. Ivanchuk is one of the world’s top players and needs no pity, but when one blunders in a chess game, it is a crushing blow and you can’t help but to empathize. I remember reading somewhere that “one bad move […]

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Drum Classics #4

Who are those “Drum Majors” with Maurice Ashley?(Hint: All have FIDE titles.)

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GM Maurice Ashley, first African American to earn an International Grandmaster Chess title, visited Barbados during February 2008. On 19th February, 2008 at 7 PM he delivered an inspiring oration at LV Harcourt Lewis Training Centre, Barbados Public Workers’ Co-operative Credit Union Ltd., Belmont Road, St. Michael. ** Be Inspired! The Road to the “Grandmastership”! […]

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Ignacio Pérez at 2008 Washington State Championship.Photo by Hanniegn Pitre. Ignacio “Nacho” Pérez went into the 2008 Washington State Championship as the defending champion. Last year, the Cuban native dominated the field and scored an impressive 7-2. This year the field was strengthened by the addition of GM Gregori Serper (2576 USCF) who met Pérez […]

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The title is not some catchy phrase, but it does describe the names of three top tournaments in progress in Mexico, Moscow and France. Lots of heated chess action! Viswanathan Anand enroute to defeating Magnus Carlsen Moreilia, Mexico (Linares SuperGM XXV) Linares SuperGM XXV (Morelia, Mexico & Linares, Spain) The top venue would be Morelia, […]

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IM Emory Tate told me an e-mail that he is scheduled to play in Spain. What is interesting is that GM Pontus Carlsson will be playing at the same tournament in Spain soon. I got this comment from Tate: “You know this guy? lol. This will be the first tournament we play together, unless he […]

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Kasparov in Newsweek

Former World Champion Garry Kasparov (pictured left) is in the latest issue of Newsweek magazine talking about the political environment in Russia. Currently, he is leading an opposition movement to unseat President Vladimir Putin. Kasparov has been an outspoken critic of the Putin government and states that Russia has deteriorated into a police state. He […]

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John Evans (pictured right) was a member of the Panamanian national team back in the 60s and later settled in New York. He visited the Wilbert Paige Memorial in 2001 and added to the importance of the event. Here is a game he played against none other than Robert James Fischer. The game was part […]

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Exhibit at U.S. Chess Hall of Fame on the ancient Egyptian game, Senet. Copyright © 2001, Daaim Shabazz. Dr. Joseph Bailey, II has recently penned an article titled, “Chess Originated in Africa.” We have all heard this before, but let us be specific! For example, Bailey states in his essay, But Western literature admits that […]

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Gregory Kearse may be know for two previous articles to Chess Life readers… a July 1998 article on Black Masters and an April 2007 article on Daaim Shabazz. His latest article appears in the latest U.S. Chess Life magazine titled, “Black Chess in America.” In reading the article, I’m not certain on the specific focus, […]

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Is U.S. Chess Bankrupt??

I found this story from the New York Times columnist Dylan McClain. This was a report released by Bill Goichberg, the U.S.C.F. President. He is best known for running the World Open, America’s largest and most lucrative international tournament. The report is not rosy. There are mentions of short falls in revenue particularly in terms […]

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Drum Classics #3

Photo 1 Who is this 8-time National Champion? I just found an exciting game involving Emory Tate (who else?) and Sheldon Wong from the 1991 World Open. Wong is a Jamaican national of Chinese descent and is considered a legendary figure in the annals of Jamaican history. According to Ian Wilkinson, In 1976 sixteen year-old […]

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It all started with the page on the right. A crude banner, a few news stories, ugly diagrams, BUT a lot of good intentions. Seven years later, The Chess Drum has grown… and grown… and grown. Now at 6000 pages, the site has become a recognizable member of the chess community and provides an example […]

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In commemoration of Black History Month and the 7th anniversary of The Chess Drum, I present to you “Drum Classics,” a presentation of images of chess events that may have been long forgotten. Over the years chess has become more accessible to people far and wide, but the manner in which chess touches millions are […]

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Drum Classics #2

Photo 1 Blitz Battle in New York!A blitz match and several “Drum Majors” (Black Masters) watching attentively.Four are IMs. Do you know them? Photo by Daaim Shabazz. Photo 2 Who got next? Another blitz session with a nice crowd. The player on the right is Steven Kawuma of Uganda. Ignatius Njobvu of Botswana has the […]

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Stephanie Ballom in “Sweet 16” magazine back in 2005. The above article is not from NEW IN CHESS, but Guideposts Sweet 16 magazine. More on the NEW IN CHESS later. This article was titled, “Queen of the Board” and written by Lisa Freeman. It was about Stephanie Ballom who (at the time) had just won […]

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Dr. Kwame Nkrumah (Ghana) February is “Black History Month” and although we should celebrate history all year around February is the month that we pay special tribute to Black pioneers in the U.S. Over the years, my standing issue is that we are often presented with histories only of U.S. figures to the exclusion of […]

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Olympiad tournaments are quite interesting. Of course traveling to foreign countries can be fulfilling, but the Olympiad tournament has a mystique like no other tournament. Being able to see flags hoisted during the opening ceremonies is an interesting spectacle along with the renewing of friendships and the development of others. I have found Olympiad tournament […]

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Drum Classics #1

Can you name five people in this classic picture? (Hint: All but two have at one time achieved Master level. One is a Grandmaster and two are IMs. )Photo by Jerry Bibuld.

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Hikaru Nakamura at 2008 Gibtel Masters.Photo by ChessBase. I guess naysayers will be quieted somewhat after another victory by American Grandmaster, Hikaru Nakamara. Nakamura (FIDE 2670) has been playing very well lately and will soar toward 2700 after winning the Gibtel Masters tournament in Gibraltar, Spain. There is still some doubt that Nakamura is as […]

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Coming in April! Hip-Hop Chess Federation All-Queens Invitational San Francisco, California, USA http://www.hiphopchessfederation.org

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