Archive for September, 2009

New York gets Justus!

So much has been said about a number of rising stars in New York’s African-American community. Many names have been tossed around, but one of the latest stars has been Justus Williams who has slowly, but surely become one of the top 11-year olds in the country. Recently, Justus played in the Marshall G/60 tournament […]

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GM Vinay Bhat with GM Wesley So in background. Photo by SPICE (Polgar). After four rounds, one thing is clear in Lubbock, Texas. Players came to play fighting chess. Papp-Rensch was played to bare kings in round one. While a number of other games were quickly drawn in the first round, things really heated up […]

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New York is known by most accounts to be the “Mecca” of American chess. There are so many legendary stories borne in the “Big Apple” including Bobby Fischer and Hikaru Nakamura fame. Other colorful personalities such as Maurice Ashley and Asa Hoffman have made their marks. The latter being known as a famous chess hustler. […]

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The highly-anticipated SPICE Cup tournament will begin on September 19th and touts one of the strongest lineups in U.S. history for a closed tournament. GM Susan Polgar has raised the stakes and improved on last year’s tournament that had an average rating of 2605.5. This year’s field has an array of strong, young talent including […]

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DC Chess Challenge

The DC Public Libraries, the DC Public Schools and the National Chess Academy present the DC SCHOLASTIC and OPEN CHESS CHALLENGE IV Saturday September 19, 2009 A FREE tournament sanctioned and rated by the United States Chess Federation (USCF) 4 Round Swiss Game in 30 Minutes Location: Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library 901 ‘G’ […]

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There was an interesting (albeit erroneous) document circulating on the Kenyan Chess Forum that was highlighted here yesterday. I removed the story after GM Amon Simutowe stated that it was simply one of many data entry errors in Libya. The report illustrated a game from the 2009 African Championships between Simutowe (Zambia) and IM Khaled […]

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THE 2009 HAROLD CHAN CHESS OPEN VENUE Campion College Auditorium Use the entrance on Old Hope Road beside the Matilda’s Corner Police Station. DATES Saturday September 19, 2009 Sunday September 20, 2009 Open Section (Open to anyone) September 19th and 20th, 2009 Intermediate Section (For players with a JCF Rating under 1600) September 19th and […]

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GM Vassily IvanchukPhoto from ChessBase. The September FIDE rating list has been out for a couple of weeks and there was a little movement. However, the list is accented by Vassily Ivanchuk’s sudden ascent back up to #8 from #30. Ivanchuk (2756, +53) maintains the model of either determination or inconsistency… however one views it. […]

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Peace, The HHCF is about to do it again!!! We’re hosting an major chess tournament Oct. 10th 2009 and we hope to see you there. THIS IS A FREE ALL AGES EVENT, as always (we work hard to keep it that way). Register to play @ www.bayareachess.com. Yours, Adisa Banjoko

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Edison Raphael is the brains behind the Caribbean Chess Carnival, but his exploits do not end there. The ambitious organizer has launched “Let’s Play Chess” an eight-week course beginning on Sunday mornings from 10:00am until noon. The event will be held at the National Library and is similar to the wave of initiatives sweeping the […]

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African chess experienced a brush with greatness the past week. Viswanathan Anand’s recent visit to Africa has been the subject of conversation this past week. What was not emphasized in the media was his short stop in the Kwa-Zulu Natal province in South Africa prior to Botswana. The World Champion stopped in Durban, a city […]

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