Archive for July, 2008

Magnus Carlsen (Norway) vs. Lenier Dominguez (Cuba) Photo © http://www.bielchessfestival.ch/ Cuban GM Lenier Dominguez recently eclipsed the 2700-barrier and is now on the verge of winning the Biel GM tournament. His 9th round game with Magnus Carlsen was a contribution to theory as the two gladiators faced off in a “Fire on Board” game. The […]

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The up-and-coming Brianna Conley is appearing once again as the Ohio representative at the Susan Polgar Invitational. The Polgar tournament is the counterpart to the Denker Invitational featuring all the state champions from around the country… including Alaska and Hawaii. This year the tournament is taking place at Texas Tech, the university where GM Polgar […]

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Grand Prix in Buffalo!

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GM-elect Amon Simutowe is playing in the Dutch Open which has only five GMs including top-seeds Vyacheslav Ikonnikov of Russia and Sandipan Chanda of India. Simutowe has returned to the country of his final GM norm and hopes to put in a solid performance. More details coming. Main Page: http://www.schaakbond.nl/nieuws/dieren2008/

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There is a very nice photo-report of the Asian Youth Championships held in Tehran, Iran. FM Arash Akbarinia is a frequent contributor to ChessBase and has filed a brief report with some very nice pictures. Focusing heavily on European events, these reports are always a welcome sight. It is the only way the universality of […]

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Chicago native and Morehouse-bound Kayin Barclay is currently competing in the 13th North American Chess Association FIDE Invitational. This is his first closed norm tournament and he is looking to make a good showing. Barclay, a two-time Denker representative, is also attempting to get the requisite score to reach the 2200 USCF rating. The tournament […]

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Battle in St. Nicholas Park. IM Alex Lenderman (center) giving “Clayton” blitz odds. Photo by Michael Williams. Chess Drum contributor Michael Williams sent this report about a trip to the famous St. Nicholas Park in Harlem New York. For those of you who don’t know, this park is famous in Black circles for being the […]

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NM Glenn Bady analyzing Adu-Kaufman with IM Oladapo Adu. FM Norman ‘Pete’ Rogers chats with Adu. Photo by Michael Williams. The Chess Drum presents another gamecast lecture with Nigeria’s IM Oladapo Adu giving commentary on his game with FM Raymond Kaufman. Some of you know that Ray is the son of IM Larry Kaufman, America’s […]

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IM Watu Kobese at 2008 South Africa Open Photo by Gauteng North Chess Union. The “African Lion” IM Watu Kobese won the South African Open with a staggering 9.5/11 (+8). At one stage he had eight wins in a row and was only cooled by a draw to IM Thomas Rendle. IM Kenny Solomon came […]

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International Arbiter Kefilwe Miti has sent an announcement of the CACDEC seminar for coaches and trainers. The venue is Gabarone, Botswana and the announcement follows with a link to the documents. CACDEC stands for “Committee for Assistance to Chess Developing Countries.” Their statutes are listed at the FIDE site here. Botswana Chess Federation and the […]

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Interesting set up puzzles this time. They are at various stages and different types of positions (closed and open). This tells us that it is always important to stay alert. The usual suspects (IM Emory Tate and GM Pontus Carlsson) are featured, but Uganda’s NM Grace Nsubuga and South Africa’s IM Watu Kobese made contributions. […]

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The RZA of the Wu Tang Clan has issued a “Rap Challenge” to rappers worldwide to produce a 30-second rap on chess. He also makes a quick pitch for wuchess.com which launched on June 2nd. The Wu Tang Clan has just ended a successful concert tour and will no doubt be playing on the networking […]

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Tactics Laboratory #12

I was looking through my game database and found a casual game I played long ago. The game took place in Chicago’s Hyde Park at an outdoor meeting spot called “Harper Square.” Chess players were later banned. My opponent had just played 27. Ne3-g4. Chicago’s Hyde Park, 1989 (Hyde Park player-Shabazz) Black to move and […]

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Following is a selection of World Open resources. For games, you can go to monroi.com or use the PGN file below. If you have any other sources that may be useful, please post here. Next year’s World Open will return to the Sheraton. Be there! The Chess Drum (Daaim Shabazz) 2008 World Open (Philadelphia, USA) […]

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The Jamaican Nationals are underway and perhaps the most interesting observation is that none of the top players are playing. The field is missing FM Warren Elliott, Shane Matthews, Duane Rowe, Jomo Pitterson and Russel Porter, all past Olympians and national team members. The field has a mixture of players with several junior players looking […]

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Orrin Hudson at the 2008 World Open. Photo by Daaim Shabazz. Besomeone founder Orrin Hudson will appear at the Internet Chess Club’s Chess.FM on July 24th at 9pm. Hudson will be discussing his program on the show and his efforts to teach chess and build the self esteem of underprivileged kids. Hudson has a somewhat […]

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Nigeria’s IM Oladapo Adu is featured on gamecast video analyzing his game with India WGM Aarthie Ramaswamy. The game comes out of a classic battle in the Sicilian where black is able to play instructively on the dark squares. Watch gamecast!

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The Nigerian Chess Federation has announced a series of qualifying tournaments to select the 2008 Olympiad team. After a lengthy transcontinental discussion, officials within the Nigerian Disapora have figured out a way to select the strongest possible team. There will be separate competitions to select eight male players… two from Europe, two from the U.S. […]

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GM Parimarjan Negi battling GM Alexander Ivanov. Photo by Daaim Shabazz. Fifteen-year old Parimarjan Negi of India has been watched that last couple of years since he broke the national record by becoming the nation’s youngest Grandmaster ever. He is also the second youngest in history trailiing only Sergey Karjakin (12 years, 7 months). I […]

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Rene’ Phillips (left) blitzing with Sulaiman Smith in Atlanta. Photo by Frank Johnson (shootfilm.net). There are many controversies in chess. Lately the chess world has had to address a number of cheating allegations of players who have tried to take advantage of the system. These players are often barred, suspended or expelled. However, another question […]

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If you are a fan following professional sports, you know that choosing national teams is a difficult process. There is always a question of who qualifies as it relates to nationality, skill level, experience, etc. Chess Olympiad teams are no different. The U.S. team was coming off of a disastrous 2002 Olympiad where they came […]

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“Drum Major” is associated with a leader of a band. Their job is to keep the pace and to serve as a model for the band unit. In The Chess Drum community, Drum Major means something different. Certainly the term still connotes those who serve as models, but more precisely it is a label for […]

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Over the years, the World Open has been a reunion of sorts and it serves as the best social networking chess event in the land. At the tournament, one may notice all types of chess paraphanelia including monogrammed boards from various tournaments, engraved chess clocks and of course the ubiquitous t-shirt. This is basic attire […]

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The 2008 World Open will go down in history as one of the most hotly-contested and brutal American tournaments. With a field of more than 30 GMs and a strong international contingent, games were bitterly fought and there were many upsets from the beginning. There were many side conversations about the young players and the […]

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