Archive for March, 2009

Veselin Topalov (right) completes move against Gata Kamsky. Photo by www.wccc2009.com. World Championship Challenger Veselin Topalov vaults back over 2800 (2812, +16) and there were a few changes in the top ten. World Champion Viswanathan Anand (2783, -8) lost a few from his substandard tournament right after winning the World Championship match against challenger Gata […]

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Dr. René Gralla has done an interesting piece on a version of chess called “Senterej” which originates in ancient Abyssinia (Ethiopia). Gralla contends: Historians and experts in cultural studies always look towards India, Persia and Arabia – and some even turn to China, more recently – when they search for the origins of chess. But […]

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GM Maurice Ashley recently spent time in South Africa touring the schools and promoting chess. He was able to leave the students with some valuable life lessons. The host was David Berman who runs the program, “Chess for Change”. Ashley sent the following letter: Hey Daaim: I just came back from a deeply humbling yet […]

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If you are reading this story you are probably one of the millions who have an appreciation for the royal game of chess… or at least have some intrigue. If one stops to think about the game and sport, perhaps a common question has arisen, “Why Chess?” “Why have I decided to spend so much […]

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RZA playing Eric Schiller with IM Emory Tate chatting with another attendee. Photo by Eric Arnold. Just penned a piece on the meeting of RZA and Emory Tate. What is revolutionary about this meeting is not the mere personalities of two, but it is the idea that two individuals who would not normally have crossed […]

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This story came from “The Hindu” website who apparently got it from a Chinese site. I have corrected some of the misspelled names. Not sure who “Jhonis Rober” is. LUANDA (Xinhua): Angola is to hold the “Cuca BGI” international chess tournament from April 16 to 26 in the capital Luanda, a sports official said here […]

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GMs Levon Aronian and Gabriel Sargissian at 2008 Olympiad in Dresden, Germany. Photo by Daaim Shabazz. Armenia’s Levon Aronian won the Amber tournament for the 2nd consecutive year by winning both the blindfold and the rapid events. Vladimir Kramnik, arguably the world’s best blindfold player and Viswanathan Anand, arguably the world’s best rapid player, tied […]

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The 2009 Louisiana G/30 Championship was held on Saturday, March 14 at the Baton Rouge Bridge Center. Thirty-four players attended to make this the largest G/30 event in recent history. Rene Phillips swept with a perfect 5/5 score and an incredible 2518 performance rating to become the new Louisiana G/30 Champion. In the final round, […]

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Since of the age of 12, Medina Parrilla has been a scholastic sensation and has a case full of trophies and accolades to prove it. Pages of The Chess Drum are replete with stories of her exploits. Now on the verge of graduating high school, she is embarking on perhaps the pivotal point in her […]

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Today I found an interesting clip on a chess camp held in the jungles of Belize. The idea of the camp was spawned by Ms. Ella Anderson, who got the inspiration from her work in New York City. From this experience, she was able to bring the chess culture to Belize. Below is a story […]

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International Master Robert Gwaze is best known for his gold medal performance at the Bled Olympiad in 2002. After short stay in England and coaching stints in southeast Asia, the Zimbabwean native has decided to pursue other chess endeavors by launching a new website called chessafrica.com. According to website, The purpose of this communicative site […]

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NM Charles Lawton analyzing with FM Morris Giles at the Midwest Masters Invitational in 1982. IM Michael Brooks is also pictured and also got a wildcard spot. National Master Charles Lawton will compete in the 2009 U.S. Chess Championship in his hometown of St. Louis on May 7th-17th. He was a wildcard selection and a […]

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Garry Kasparov had an interesting interview with Indian television where he talked about, among other things, Viswanathan Anand’s reign as World Champion. The topic is very interesting since much is being made of the youth movement in chess lead by a cadre of teens. Kasparov doubts that Anand can keep competing at such a high […]

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“Chess Masters ace off in International Tourney,” Jamaica Observer, Saturday, March 14, 2009. The Magnificent Chess Foundation and the University of the West Indies (UWI) Chess Society will stage the Magnificent Chess UWI Masters Tournament from March 16 to 22. The tournament, which will be rated by the game’s international governing body FIDE, will take […]

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CONTACT INFORMATION Kate Bryant Spaulding Communications (404) 270-1010, extension 5 kateb@spauldingcommunications.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE BE SOMEONE EMBARKS ON A 50 STATE TOUR TO TEACH CHILDREN THE GAME OF LIFE THROUGH CHESS ATLANTA – Feb. 27, 2009 – Orrin “Checkmate” Hudson is embarking on a cross-country mission to help at-risk youth make better life decisions using […]

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