Archive for June, 2008

Viswanathan Anand is a chess player par excellence and a befitting World Champion. His humility is in direct contrast with his aggressive style of play, but one thing that Anand understands very clearly is that chess was his calling and not cricket. 🙂 Anand is a pitchman for AMD processors and really does well in […]

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EAGLE Chess Academy will host the Touch of Elegance Chess Tournament on Saturday, July 5, 2008. This royal event will take place at the Upper Marlboro Library, 14730 Main St., Upper Marlboro, MD 20772 from 10:00am-5:00pm. It is a tournament for females only. EAGLE Chess Academy is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, established to promote and teach […]

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GM Pontus Carlsson has told The Chess Drum that he has been named as a member of the Swedish 2008 Olympiad squad. This marks the second time he will represent the country in the world’s marquee team event. The Olympiad tournament will be held in November in Dresden, Germany. Carlsson is relaxing after winning 26th […]

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Get your authentic Chess Drum t-shirt and support a noble cause. 🙂 I will carry to the World Open a limited amount… perhaps about 20-25 black and several whites. Your support will help further chess not only for the benefit of the African Disapora, but for the advancement of chess worldwide. Let me know your […]

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Photos from the 2008 event in downtown Philly. Photos by Daaim Shabazz. The 36th World Open will kick off on June 30th and host nine rounds of chess through July 6th in Philadelphia. Having carved out a niche as America’s premier tournament, the $400,000 tournament draws some of the world’s top players. This year, the […]

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Who is this player? For those who have visited this site, you can no doubt name the player in the photo above. It’s very interesting to surf the net and to see the reactions of players when they see pictures of this player. Of course her unique style is seen in chess circles as a […]

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Here is message sent last week from Elizabeth Vicary who coaches in the Chess-in-Schools program out of New York. Several girls have followed up their strong showing in the National Scholastics with local victories. Angelica Berrios and Jasmine Fermin are pictured below. Photos courtesy of Ms. Vicary. Dear Daaim,

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On the African beat, Kenneth Boikhutswane penned a recent article in his usual excellent style announcing the top four Olympiad team members. It represents nearly a complete turnover of the team from 2006. Only Tebogo Pitlagano have played for the Botswana side. He will be joined by “new blood” Barileng Gaealafshwe, Bojosi Sabure and Moakofi […]

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There are other books on this marriage including one written by Garry Kasparov titled, “How Life Imitates Chess: Making the Right Moves, from the Board to the Boardroom.” There is a book written by Mark McNeilly titled, “Sun Tzu and the Art of Business.” I believe this is one better suited for understanding business from […]

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GM-elect Essam El-Gindy Essam El-Gindy had long been one of Egypt’s top players. He joins Ahmed Adly and Bassem Amin as member of elite Grandmaster status. El-Gindy has already surpassed the requisite 2500 rating so he will be conferred his title later this year. He becomes the 7th African player to have earned Grandmaster-level status. […]

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Dear JCF Members and Supporters: Please be advised that the 40th Annual General Meeting of the Jamaica Chess Federation, will be held at 1.00 p.m. this Saturday, June 14th, 2008 at the Alhambra Inn, 1 Tucker Avenue, Kingston 6 (off Mountain View Avenue – across from the traffic lights by the National Stadium where Arthur […]

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Hangin’ out in Harvard Square

I’m in Boston for a seminar at Harvard University and decided to venture into Harvard Square. I had heard there was chess there. While looking for a restaurant, I turned around and what did I see… Immediately I was drawn to the sign that stated “Play the Chess Master.” It had a subtitle which amounted […]

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Armenia takes on Russia with Levon Aronian, Vladimir Akopian, Karen Asrian and Gabriel Sargissian. Vladimir Kramnik of Russia gets set for a battle. Alexander Morozevich is at the far end. Asrian, 28, died yesterday. Photo by Daaim Shabazz. Today I heard of the death of Armenian Grandmaster Karen Asrian who died at the age of […]

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Marte Gardner (Washington, DC) Interesting article in the Washington Post about a young teenager who is trying to figure out his life by utilizing chess strategies. We have been hearing this a lot in the past 7-8 years with many different initiatives such as Adisa Banjoko’s Hip-Hop Chess Federation (HHCF) and Orrin Hudson’s BeSomeone. Neither […]

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The 2008 National Open/Las Vegas Chess Festival starts tonight and is perhaps the most entertaining tournament in the land. World Championship contender Gata Kamsky will be present to compete and to give exhibitions. He will play Veselin Topalov in the fall for the right to play the winner of the Anand-Kramnik match. The match will […]

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As the founder and driving force behind the Atlanta-based nonprofit Be Someone (www.besomeone.org), Orrin Hudson works with at-risk kids, helping them to build productive, fulfilling futures. Since founding Be Someone in 2001, Hudson has taught more than 20,000 kids the meaning of making every move count and the program continues to expand. “My goal is […]

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Edison Raphael hopes to put together another successful event with the 2008 Caribbean Chess Carnival. Last year’s event was a rousing success and this year promises to be bigger and better! The 2007 version was won by Cuban IM Humberto Pecorelli who edged out Zambia’s Amon Simutowe on tiebreaks. Simutowe earned his 3rd GM norm […]

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Hello, I am emailing to inform you about the upcoming quick chess tournament this weekend at Chicago State University. We will have 2 tournaments in the next two months. The 1st one is on June 14th and the 2nd is on July 12, 2008. The Entry fee is $15 and the prize fund is $350 […]

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