Archive for February, 2012

Air Force Sergeant Emory A. Tate, Jr., then stationed at Ft. Meade, Maryland accepting the first annual Haskell Small Award for taking individual honors at the 25th Annual Armed Forces Chess Championship Tournament. Tate won the tournament, which was held in Washington, D.C. from September 11-20 (1984), with a score of 8½-3½. IM Emory Tate […]

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Tshenolo Maruatona sent the following press release from Botswana. He described the process as follows: The first qualifiers consists of a open tournament for all eligible players in the country. From that field the top 23 (plus defending champ) advance to 2nd qualifier. The final ten play for the National Finals. Last weekend, Providence Oatlhotse […]

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Nakamura seeks third U.S. Championship Title in St. Louis By Mike Wilmering February 22, 2012 Hikaru Nakamura will be in the strongest U.S. field in history. Photo by Fred Lucas. ST. LOUIS, February 22, 2012 — The fields are set for both the 2012 U.S. Championship and 2012 U.S. Women’s Championship, scheduled to be held […]

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James McCune Smith February is deemed “Black History Month” for the celebration of important figures in African Diaspora. Originally “Negro History Week” the commemoration was created by Carter G. Woodson in 1926 who wanted to honor the accomplishments of Blacks. The month has primarily focused on those born in America, but there are those who […]

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Bobby Fischer and Magnus Carlsen In the 1972 60 Minutes interview with Mike Wallace, then-championship challenger Bobby Fischer stated that he like to “crush a man’s ego”. He then played Boris Spassky for the World Chess Championship and beat the Soviet player mercilessly even after forfeiting the second game and falling behind 2-0. Fischer had […]

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The Chess Drum has introduced a new segment called “Drum Beat”. It is a video feature covering the latest news in chess around the world. In the inaugural half-hour segment, Daaim Shabazz gives a brief tour of the revamped home page, shows the latest Drum stories, takes a look at various chess websites and covers […]

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Diamond continues streak!

2/17/2012 Immediate Press Release: Humble Chess Champion from Columbus, Ohio continues to lead by example! Diamond Shakoor, 11 year old Chess Genius from Columbus, Ohio makes history again in the Chess World! On Febuary 16, 2012, Diamond went 6-0 to win the Elementary District Chess Title for the 4th Consecutive Year! There were 42 Schools […]

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Report submitted by Kim Bhari, Chairman of Nairobi Chess Club.Event photos by Kim Bhari. Migingo Island is situated in the middle of Lake Victoria. For decades, this fishing village has been famous for a dispute between Kenya and Uganda over who owns sovereignty. Nairobi Chess Club continues to make waves in African chess. In 2009 […]

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Scan the code…where does it take you? 🙂 They look like crossword puzzles, but are powerful diagrams of pixels. They are called Quick Response (QR) codes and they are coming to chess soon. In chess we record moves by writing down algebraic notation with a pen or use an input device (i.e., Monroi system or […]

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After 11 years, a strong rhythm stills beats at The Chess Drum. Apart from the slightly different look of the homepage, the site is currently planning to introduce a new video segment aptly named, “The Drum Beat”. The segment will report on the latest stories on popular websites, follow what is happening in the Facebook […]

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Adisa Banjoko celebrated the Hip-Hop Chess Federation’s 5th Anniversary by hosting the day of festivities. The “V-Day” festival featured tournament play, martial arts demos and performances by local artists. Banjoko was recently featured on the cover of U.S. Chess Life in a lengthy prose about the organization’s vision and subsequent challenges. It is primarily a […]

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New in Chess (2012/1)

The latest New In Chess has the likeness of Vladimir Kramnik on the cover and included a lengthy interview. Kramnik weighed in on his future, views on Garry Kasparov, the future of chess and Russia’s hope to reclaim its dominance. The eight-page interview makes for excellent insight into the Russian icon. Hikaru Nakamura’s break with […]

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Katie Dellamaggiore contacted The Chess Drum with an update on the documentary about I.S. 318 titled, “Brookyln Castle“. The production company Rescued Media is now preparing for the world premiere at the SXSW film festival in Austin, TX. Brooklyn Castle is a documentary about I.S. 318 – an inner-city school where more than 65 percent […]

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Dear friends and supporters, Another year has passed for The Chess Drum. It has been another year of charting the course of chess history and I am glad to be a part of this venerable tradition. Coming from the southside of Chicago and being a moderately successful junior player, I only envisioned myself as a […]

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Jamaican Master Duane Rowe (2236) competed in the 2012 Gibraltar Festival in the Masters Section. While Gibraltar was won by Nigel Short on tiebreaks, it was Hou Yifan who was the talk of the tournament. Rowe participated in two tournaments… the Masters and the Challengers. He played a total of 18 games (+12=3-3). He was […]

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National Justus Williams is in the media spotlight once again recently interviewing with NBC’s Grio.com. He was one of 100 persons honored during Black History Month as part of the “Grio’s 100”. Looking through the other videos brought forth about some fascinating personalities. This was his second time on Grio.com and he certainly represented himself […]

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UG: Ugandan Team Set for Showdown with KenyansKE: NCC Simbas Roar Ahead of Historic Match Versus Ugandan Side Posted on 10 February 2012 (Press release courtesy of Nairobi Chess Club) Kenya’s best chess players take on an elite Ugandan side this weekend in an event dubbed “Battle for Migingo”. The historic encounter which kicks of […]

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Jamaica’s Chess Federation (JCF) President Ian Wilkinson is an ultimate connoisseur of chess with a love of its history and a purist in terms of chess appreciation. He has tirelessly led the JCF for the past several years and making strides to harness the talent of rising junior players as the veterans wind down their […]

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The second episode of the “Xtreme Chess Championship” has aired featuring eight aspirants. In the first episode, Justus Williams toppled Kevin Wang while FM Kassa Korley beat Shawn Martinez. Both players will advance to play the winners of the Kats-Barnett and Melekhina-Liu matches. Co-organizer Jennifer Shahade was excited about the pending matches which pit two […]

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Zachary Ramsay, The Jamaica Chess Federation February 5, 2011 Davy and James Take John Powell Memorial Chess Open University of the West Indies students Damion Davy and Stuart James tied for first place in the 2012 John Powell Memorial, after both finished on 5 points from 6 games. The tournament which took […]

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GM Hou Yifan Co-winner of 2012 Gibraltar Chess FestivalPhoto by Ray Morris-Hill. Hou Yifan has been a sensation before her teenage years. She successfully defended her world championship and has since continued her stellar play by leading the Chinese to a gold medal in the World Team Championship, winning the Women’s Grand Prix. However, the […]

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After five years of success at Texas Tech, Grandmaster Susan Polgar is taking her chess institute called “SPICE” to Webster University in St. Louis. The program was built into a chess powerhouse with eight Grandmasters and two International Masters hailing from a variety of countries. The ten players will transfer to Webster University and continue […]

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