Archive for May, 2008

Washington Square Park in the “Village” area of New York is a historic place in chess lore. It is the place where many famous chess players have roamed and many stories have been borne. “Searching for Bobby Fischer” featured scenes in the famous park and featured these players as did movies like “Fresh” and books […]

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The moment is here! RZA is conjunction with chesspark.com with launched the highly-anticipated wuchess.com site. It is a social networking site where players can play and vibe about chess, hip-hop, martial arts and other social subjects. There will be a instant messaging and live chat feature allowing spontaneity and a “live” feel. Wu Tang Clan’s […]

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Update on Jamaica Chess!

Jamaican Chess Federation Vice President Peter Myers reports on summer activities in Jamaica including the 2008 Wheeler Open, 2008 Western Open and the Olympiad qualifier. The latter two are still in progress with Sahir Abbas (3/3) and Shane Matthews (4/5) leading respectively. Below is his report on the Wheeler tournament. * * * Seven-time National […]

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At chess tournaments you meet some interesting people from all walks of life. One of the most intriguing segments of the international chess community is the scholastic players. I enjoy interacting with up-and-coming players and seeing potential developing over time. I suppose that explains my role as a professor. 🙂 One young man whose progress […]

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The Chess Drum got an interview with GM Hikaru Nakamura at the Chicago Open in which he revealed (among other things) that he will be moving to Vancouver, Canada. This is a change of scenery for the 20-year old star and he hopes the move will do him well. After the interview, we discussed even […]

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I was at the Touch Move Chess Center when one of the attendees grabbed me and challenged me to this problem. See if you can solve it! White to play and mate in three!

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IM Angelo Young is one of the strong Filipino Masters who have made an impact on the chess landscape of America. Many may know of Young’s prowess in blitz, but others now know Young as a successful proprietor of the Touch Move Chess Center located on North Ashland in Chicago. It is a relatively small […]

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Fernwood Jones making presentation to RenĂ© Phillips. This was an event held by chess players in Philadelphia to help RenĂ© recover from his losses during Hurricane Katrina. Photo by Glenn Bady. Chess photojournalist Frank Johnson has launched a new blog at chess-coach.net and posted an encouraging message on chess coach and Katrina Hurricane survivor RenĂ© […]

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2008 Chicago Open

The Chicago Open is kicking off on May 23rd during the Memorial Day weekend. The tournament is a 7-round Swiss format with ten sections and a modest $100,000 prize fund. This will mark the first of the major summertime tournaments on the U.S. circuit. However, many of the top U.S. players will be competing in […]

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CONTACT INFORMATION Janice Davis Be Someone, Inc. Lithonia, Georgia info@besomeone.org www.BeSomeone.org FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 12, 2008 TROUBLED YOUTH RISES FROM DESPERATION TO ACCOLADES (ATLANTA) – Robert Curry, a student at Georgia Perimeter College and participant in Orrin Hudson’s Be Someone program, will be featured on The Early Show on CBS Friday, May 16, 2008, […]

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The MTel Masters had kicked off! The double round-robin is an attraction for six of the world’s top players. Over the years it has been a venue for Veselin Topalov’s amazing performances. The players participating are: Topalov (Bulgaria), Ivan Cheparinov (Bulgaria), Vassily Ivanchuk (Ukraine), Bu Xiangzhi (China), Levon Aronian (Armenia), Teimour Radjabov (Azerbaijan). Official website […]

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Just posted an oldie, but goodie. The game is actually one-sided attack, but shows how to conduct an attack against the king. Chicago native National Master Marvin Dandridge is one of the most gifted tacticians I have ever seen. I had the opportunity to train with him and was on the wrong side of his […]

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If you haven’t been paying attention to coverage here at The Chess Drum, you may have missed these gems. OK… two of the solutions are from the usual suspects, IM Emory Tate and GM Pontus Carlsson. However, two of them are from two teenage girls who showed some creativity at the chess board, Jasmine Fermin […]

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Anand wins Chess Oscar!

Viswanathan Anand has won his fifth Oscar for the 2007 year after scoring a double crown of the World Champion and the world’s #1-rated player. The personable India Grandmaster will face rival Vladimir Kramnik in the qualifying match for the world title. Gata Kamsky will face Veselin Topalov in the other qualifier. Any combination will […]

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Kenyan team to Dresden Olympiad selected By Lt. Edwin Korir After 3 gruelling phases to select the Kenyan chess Olympiad team, it was finally chosen last weekend. Peter Gilruth, Ken Omollo, Martin Gateri and Ben Magana make up the team with Ben Nguku as first reserve. The qualifiers started last December during the national championships […]

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