Archive for August, 2008

Hurricane Gustav battering Dominican Republic enroute to the Gulf Coast. Just got off the phone with New Orleans native Rene Phillips who has fled his beloved city. Phillips experienced the wrath of Hurricane Katrina back in 2005 and recently moved back to New Orleans after temporary stints in Philadelphia and Atlanta. He spoke of the […]

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Oliver Kayende became a USCF Master back in April by scoring five points in the DC Chess League. That makes the 3rd African-American Master this year ahead of Kassa Korley and Kayin Barclay. Kayende had long shown he had talent in the DC scholastic circuit placing well in high school competitions. Recently Kayende played in […]

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2008 Harlem Blitz Championship Photos by Derrick Bryant. Harlem, a place of historic prominence in the arts, continues to add to its resume with the 2nd Annual Blitz Championship. The city was host to the historic Wilbert Paige Memorial in 2001 and was immortalized when Maurice Ashley coached Harlem teams to prominence. Adia Onyango sent […]

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In a novel attempt to field the strongest possible team from the Nigerian Diaspora, the Nigerian federation is holding qualifiers on three continents. The North American Zone will be held in Houston, Texas beginning this weekend. Nigerians from around the continental U.S. will be competing. Below is the announcement. THE WORLD CHESS OLYMPIAD SELECTION TRIALS […]

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Last month Kassa Korley played in the St. John’s Masters tournament in New York. At the World Open he had mentioned a time when he was close to the title of National Master (2185) and then losing a boatload of points. He actually lost rating points in nine consecutive tournaments before making a turnaround and […]

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Cuban-born Dionisio Aldama has joined the “Arizona Scorpions” expansion team in the U.S. Chess League. Aldama moved to the U.S. in 2006 after living in Mexico a number of years. The International Master has been playing in local tournaments and was spotted at the 2007 North American Open in Las Vegas, Nevada. The league was […]

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David Howell (England) battling Abhijeet Gupta (India) for the title. Arik Braun (Germany) battles Parimarjan Negi (India) on board #2. Gupta would beat Howell to claim the title and Negi would place second after drawing with Braun. Photo courtesy of wjcc2008.tsf.org.tr In perhaps the most exciting World Junior is recent memory, GM Abhijeet Gupta won […]

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Craig Preston highlighted in the E. St. Louis Senior Chess Club photo. There is a lot of hidden history in chess. Many stories often go untold because no one sees the importance of documenting obscure events. Recently, I was surfing the web looking for information on NM Howard Daniels and came across a webpage with […]

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Chicago’s Kayin Barclay has been chasing the U.S. National Master’s title for the past couple of years. During the 13th FIDE Invitational, he had a strong score and eclipsed the magical 2200 barrier. Now at 2205, the 18-year old will enter Morehouse College and will be able to add yet another accomplishment to his chess […]

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Jamaica’s first Super National Master (SNM) Duane Rowe won the second staging of the Independence Chess Open, which was held at the Rooms on the Beach Hotel in Ocho Rios from August 2 – 3. Rowe took the main event after scoring 5 points from 6 games, while second place also with 5 points, went […]

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The U.S. Open was severely depleted with only two Grandmasters and a handful of IMs in perhaps the most drastic shortfall in recent memory. Formerly the marquis tournament in America, the tournament small prize fund has encouraged strongest players to look elsewhere for greener pastures and stronger competition. However, the U.S. Open is where the […]

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Sri Lanka opens Karpov CC!

Anatoly Karpov Chess Club, Sri Lanka During the 2004 Chess Olympiad in Calvia, Spain, I met the Sri Lankan national women’s team. They primarily consisted of school girls, but they were charming with such bright smiles. I also met the team captain Dr. Vineetha Wijesuriya who told me about the developments in Sri Lanka. Sri […]

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Very interesting interview by Macauley Peterson of GM Hikaru Nakamura! He discusses his new approach to chess and his evolution as a player flirting with 2700. Nakamura is one of the more interesting interview subjects. He answers the questions fully, articulates well and allows the interviewer flexibility to ask unscripted questions. Does Nakamura desire to […]

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The “Bird’s Nest” in Beijing hosted the Opening Ceremonies. Photo by EPA. The quadrennial sports festival known as the Olympic Games has begun with the opening ceremony. The highly-anticipated and widely-watched event will command the attention of billions of viewers over the next 17 days and will result in billions of revenue for the world […]

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 4, 2008 Contact: Janice Davis Telephone: (678)526-0292 Email: info@besomeone.org Atlanta’s biggest back-to-school block party gives 5000 kids a head start; kids get school supplies, V-103 gear and the first lesson of the school year… the Be Someone! Chess Challenge The start of the Olympics and the start of a new school […]

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The CMMB Caribbean Chess Carnival has begun and reigning champion IM Humberto Pecorelli will be challenged by Barbados’ IM Kevin Denny. Organizer Edison Raphael states that the tournament is off to an exciting start. Photos below! Reports to follow! IM Humberto Pecorelli (Cuba) IM Kevin Denny (Barbados)

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This new feature will provide briefs on some of the latest chess news around the world. Feel free to post comments and/or add chess news that would be of interest to the general audience on current events. World Junior Championship (August 2nd-August 16th) – A strong field is assembled in Turkey for the Open and […]

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Grandmaster Pontus Carlsson is closing play at the Curacao Chess Festival. This was his debut playing in the Caribbean region and he has expressed interest to play in the World Open next year. This tournament has become popular over the years and has been able to attract some strong Grandmasters. The top seed is Latvian-born […]

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