Archive for July, 2008

Magnus Carlsen (Norway) vs. Lenier Dominguez (Cuba) Photo © https://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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In chess, an ambition may be to learn a particular opening, to beat a friend in five-minute chess, to win a club title, or another lofty goal. These goals may change over time depending on the progress of preceding goals. In chess, a handful of players decide on the ultimate aim of becoming a Grandmaster […]

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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: https://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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