Archive for August, 2010

The Chess Olympiad is less than one month away and there are continued grumblings about the logistical arrangements. One month ago there was a story about the venue in Khanty-Mansiysk still being under construction. There was also the revelation that the organizers may have chosen a venue unable to accommodate all the attendees. Israel Gelfer, […]

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The 2010 Caribbean Chess Carnival was a great success with a record number 147 participants. Edison Raphael and the Trinidad Chess Foundation put on a wonderful showing at the historic Queen’s Park Cricket Club. The tournament attracted players and officials from ten countries and the event was covered here at The Chess Drum. I promised […]

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Karpov2010 heads to Africa

As the 2010 campaign for FIDE President winds down, both camps have been competing for votes by jetting from region to region to roll out their platform. Kirsan Ilyumzhinov has already been to Africa trying to win the federation of the region’s federations. Anatoly Karpov will be traveling to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and Luanda, Angola […]

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The Uganda Chess Federation is for the first time in history set to send a Ladies team of five alongside the Men’s team to participate in this year’s World Olympiad to be held in Khanty Mansiysk, Russia from 19th September to 4th October 2010. Confirmation of Uganda’s participation follows UCF’s successful acquisition of US$10,000 from […]

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There was a very nice interview done on Jamaica’s CVM at Sunrise with IM Jomo Pitterson and FM Warren Elliott. It covered a number of topics including accomplishments of Jamaicans, the perception of chess, impact of chess on the youth and prospects for the future. The interview was about eight minutes long and both players […]

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In 1995, Ashley unveiled a ground-breaking CD titled, “Maurice Ashley Teaches Chess“. The CD was aimed at a diverse audience and gave the viewer so many options for chess improvement. The title is still sought after, but of course in 15 years, so many titles have been released to the chess world. Ashley has been […]

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Michael Song getting set to play Joshua Colas. Justus Williams on top board against William Graif. Photo by Guy Colas. Justus Williams and Joshua Colas recently returned from their first international trips to Brazil and Trinidad, respectively. Both had credible results and were intent on using the experience as preparation for the World Youth Championships […]

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Sweden’s GM Pontus Carlsson at 2008 European Championship. Photo from www.eicc2008.com. From time-to-time there is a question raised about the presence of Black players in the chess world. Players in this demographic can be seen at tournaments around the world and are seemingly enthusiastic about competition. However, those who have found success at the highest […]

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On August 15-16, Head of Republic of Kalmykia, FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov visited Trinidad and Tobago where he participated in the opening ceremony of the 1st Caribbean Cup – UMADA Cup. The idea to hold such tournament was born two months ago during FIDE President’s visit to Cuba at the closing ceremony of Capablanca Memorial. […]

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Chess Graff in Brighton, England, United Kingdom FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: PR Contact: gaborski@shinkenpublicrelations.com (323) 335-4497 Hip-Hop Chess Federation Announces 1st HHCF Graffiti Contest…Winner Gets Autographed Chessboard by Multi-platinum Artists and Chess Icon August 16th 2010, San Jose, CA: The Hip-Hop Chess Federation (HHCF) announced via Twitter that it is hosting a graffiti art contest. HHCF […]

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Grandmaster Maurice Ashley is known for many things in chess, but he continues to add on superlatives in his 30-year career. Lately he has used his patent of “pawn mower” a concept derived from an exercise he featured in his CD “Maurice Ashley Teaches Chess.” This concept has now made a debut in the Richmond […]

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The 2010 Caribbean Chess Carnival was a successful event with a record 147 players from 10 countries. Three-time champion IM Humberto Pecorelli could not travel to defend his title, so a new champion was crowned. There are many reasons this tournament was special and perhaps is an example of how the Caribbean and Africa can […]

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Bullyproof Chess?

Lisa Suhay wrote an article dealing with the playground phenomenon of bullying. In her piece, she attempts to use chess as a metaphor for strategically out-thinking a bully. The ideas are interesting, but it would be more interesting if they put the ideas to the test. Today, if a bully can’t intimidate you with words, […]

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At the end of the Caribbean Chess Carnival, The Chess Drum’s Daaim Shabazz caught up with some of the tournament’s participants and conducting several interesting interviews. Two of the interviews featured two young talents, one Caribbean legend and the tournament winner.

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GM Gennadi Sagalchik of New York won the Caribbean Chess Carnival with a solid 7/9 score. Sagalchik hoists 1st place trophy at Closing Ceremonies. Photo by Daaim Shabazz. In his winner’s speech, Grandmaster Gennadi Sagalchik stated that he “begged” Edison Raphael to come to the Caribbean Chess Carnival. Perhaps he was overstating a bit, but […]

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Eleven-year old Josh Colas’ upset win over FM Ryan Harper was the highlight of the round. While Colas has beaten a number of strong Masters in his short career, this win punctuated his international debut. Playing against Harper’s pet Dragon, Colas played 6. h3!? and after 6…Bg7 7. Be3 O-O 8. Bd3?! e5 9. Nb3 […]

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On day four, fatigue may have started to catch up with some of the players as perfect scores fell in the under-20, under-14 and under-10. FM Keron Cabralis was finally stopped by FM David Finol of Venezuela and share 1st place with him on 5/6. Christian Ammon lost to Trindadian compatriot Joshua Johnson after winning […]

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IM Oladapo Adu will face his biggest test yet as he is poised to face the tournament’s top-seed in GM Gennadi Sagalchik. While a win will almost certainly put him in a position to win, Sagalchik has saved energy with two quick draws and may be going for the win in this bout. At this […]

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Anthony Goldbloom informed The Chess Drum of a World Cup competition. This was not the World Cup of Chess, but one dealing with chess ratings. This World Cup is designed to find a new chess algorithm for rating classifications. Jeff Sonas, the organizer, has been an authoritative figure in chess circles and is the creator […]

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IM Oladapo Adu in round #3 battle at Caribbean Chess Carnival. Photo by Daaim Shabazz. Nigerian International Master Oladapo Adu is visiting Trinidad for the second consecutive year and seems to have found comfort in the chess climate. Going into round #4 he has a perfect 3/3 score coming off of a tense win against […]

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The Caribbean Chess Festival got off to an auspicious start as the conditions are favorable and the competition is fierce. The top section has one Grandmaster and The first round had no losing upsets, but there were a number of “upset draws”. Coreen Cabralis making ceremonial move on board #1 with Gennadi Sagalchik. Photo by […]

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Daaim Shabazz will attend the Caribbean Chess Carnival in Trinidad & Tobago beginning August 3rd and extending to August 8th. The tournament has been able to attract top players from Latin America and the Caribbean. IM Humberto Pecorelli of Cuba has won the tournament the last three years, but will not defend his title this […]

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Justus Williams at the U.S. Chess School. Photo by Elizabeth Vicary. Justus Williams recently participated in a U.S. Chess School program in Dallas along with nine other talented scholastic players. Williams will participate in the Pan-American Youth Championship in Bento Goncalves, Brazil from August 1st to August 11th. It will be Williams’ first international competition. […]

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