Archive for March, 2012

There are a lot of stories about how chess can individuals in a myriad of ways. Chess often finds a home in prison as the offenders can find the activity helpful in the coping process. Why chess? Perhaps it is the ability to control one’s fate in a place where they are otherwise subjected to […]

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GM Maurice Ashley (right) set to face FM Robert Lagerman at the 2012 Reykjavik Open. Ashley won in a crushing style. Photo by Hrafn Jökulsson. The Chess Drum’s Daaim Shabazz was able to conduct an interview with GM Maurice Ashley and get an update on what the global icon has been doing in recent months. […]

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Announced Field for National Champs Claire Clarke with Stuart James contributing March 23, 2012, Volume 1. No. 17 It is a hot year for chess all over the world as most countries are in the throes of selecting national representatives for the Chess Olympiad in Istanbul, Turkey, this summer. Jamaica is no different. The top […]

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Thursday 22 March 2012 Geraldine Engelman (CHESSA Director of PR & Media) “The biggest problem I see among people who want to excel in chess – and in business and in life in general – is not trusting their instincts enough.” – Garry Kasparov Some of the best quotes of the famous GM Garry Kasparov […]

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Adisa Banjoko with GM Vinay Bhat and T-K.A.S.H. at “V-Day Festival.Photo from http://www.hiphopchess.blogspot.com. Adisa Banjoko has had a banner year already. He has celebrated the 5th year of the Hip-Hop Chess Federation, graced the cover of Chess Life, was featured in Forbes magazine online and will soon be featured on ChessBase.com. As part of his […]

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Hou Yifan during her successful title defense last year. Photo by Anastasiya Karlovich for FIDE. Hou Yifan has been the topic of discussion ever since she burst onto the chess scene as a promising phenom. Hou is now 18 and has already trod a progressive path to make her mark in chess history. She successfully […]

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The “Young Lions” roared in DC as the trio of 13-year old chess masters trekked to the nation’s capitol to give and simultaneous exhibition of 30 students. Justus Williams, Josh Colas and James Black Jr., all 2300-rated masters, played ten boards apiece at the Chess Challenge after-school program. Each of them got a chance to […]

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New in Chess (2012/2)

Levon Aronian graces the cover of the latest New in Chess in a very debonaire pose from his Tata Steel victory. With all the hoopla over Magnus Carlsen, Aronian has flown under the radar. His Tata victory places him only 15 ELO points behind Carlsen and in striking distance to claim the all-time rating record […]

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Anticipation by Dr. Steven B. Dowd Take a few minutes to examine the three diagrams below. What is the common thread here? No.1 No.2 No.3 First of all, let’s assign author and date to the first diagram. No. 1 is by Wladimir P. Klipatschow and won a special honor in the 2006 Scheltonoschko-64 Birthday Tourney. […]

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Larry Parr (1946-2011) was editor of Chess Life magazine from 1985-1988 and wrote a number of articles and books about chess. He co-authored The Bobby Fischer I Knew collaborating with Arnold Denker. Following is one story I remember from the defunct World Chess Network back in 2002 that I enjoyed immensely. It was a story […]

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FM William Morrison Photo by Daaim Shabazz. FM William Morrison is considered a chess legend and has trod a worn-out path on the east coast of the U.S. Known as “The Exterminator” he is revered in New York, Philly, Baltimore and the DC area and renown for his blitz prowess. Recently, Morrison and his family […]

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The Xtreme Chess Championship is down to four players and we are two rounds away from a declared winner. In this segment, FM Kassa Korley (Duke University) faced rising talent Justus Williams (IS-318), while FMs Elliott Liu (Stanford University) and Alexander Barnett (UMBC) faced off. This segment was intriguing in that we got to see […]

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Issac Braswell In what has been a spate of misfortunes for the U.S. chess community, Issac Braswell became the most recent tragedy. The affable Chicago player allegedly took his own life on March 2nd, only a day after playing in a match in the Chicago Industrial Chess League (CICL). There was a confirmed eyewitness account […]

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In the second “Drum Beat” segment, we look at the latest news on The Chess Drum including the an exclusive article titled, “The Rise of the ‘Asian Dragons’,” which looks at the rapid development of four chess nations. Also in this segment is a survey of other sites including “The Full English Breakfast“, ChessBase, uschess.org […]

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Drum Visitors, After accumulating more than 9,000 pages at The Chess Drum, it becomes important to make the navigational strategy less cumbersome. Given the size of this 11-year project it also occurs to me that many routinely miss content here since the updates occur frequently and some information can be buried under links. I have […]

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“Here in Reykjavik, Iceland to play in the famous open tournament. Waterfalls, geysers, hot springs, restaurants and great night life. This place is amazing!” ~GM Maurice Ashley GM Maurice Ashley is playing in his first international tournament in many years and he will no doubt have a chance to get inspiration from visiting the last […]

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For centuries, Europe has dominated the tables of chess. Over the past 20-25 years, the balance of power has slowly turned eastward. Europe remains the center of chess with its elite tournaments, professional leagues and stellar conditions. However, “Asian Terror” is beginning to take the world by storm as the charge is led by World […]

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The Chess Drum presents its latest gamecast lecture in an instructive game between two Nigerians, National Master Okechukwu Iwu and International Master Oladapo Adu. The game had some interesting themes including a positional exchange sacrifice leading to lasting pressure. The game ends in a tactical skirmish. Very exciting! Enjoy! Watch gamecast!

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As much of the news content for chess moves online and into social networks, The Chess Drum wants to continue delivering content in a timely fashion so I invite you to follow The Chess Drum for latest updates in chess news! Support one of the world’s largest chess websites. Follow @thechessdrum

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March 2012 FIDE Ratings

GM Levon Aronian (Armenia)2012 Tata Steel ChampionPhoto by Fred Lucas. On the latest FIDE ratings, Magnus Carlsen still sits atop the rating chart at 2835 (+0), but the lead has narrowed to 15 ELO points. Levon Aronian’s (2820, +15) win at the Tata Steel tournament allowed him to surge forward and challenge Carlsen for the […]

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