Archive for April, 2012

FM Keron Cabralis Trinidad’s top junior FIDE Master Keron Cabralis left the recent CARIFTA Chess Games after filing a complaint about poor conditions. His ongoing battle with mismanagement has pushed the 16-year old star to the brink of retiring from chess. In an April 19th article in the Trinidadian Guardian, problems were reported at the […]

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Magnus Carlsen (back) with National Champions, IS-318 Magnus Carlsen made a pit stop at newly-crowned national champions IS-318 and heightened the celebratory mood in New York. IS-318 is the first middle school (6th-8th grade) to win the National High School Championship (9th-12th grade). Carlsen was in New York on business and stopped by the school. […]

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Alina L’Ami wrote a glowing ChessBase report of the 4th Taca Cuca tournament being held in Luanda, Angola. The tournament boasts nine Grandmasters and this is exactly what is needed to provide African players more chances for norms. Along with top-seed Viktor Bologan (2687, Moldova), you have Grandmasters Sergey Tiviakov (2673, Netherlands), Erwin L’Ami (2611, […]

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Adisa Banjoko’s Hip-Hop Chess Federation (HHCF) has received a lot of notoriety of late after having celebrated the organization’s fifth anniversary. The HHCF graced the cover of the February 2012 edition of Chess Life and the subject of a lengthy article. The Chess Drum has written more articles about the HHCF than any organization, but […]

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With the World Championship only a few weeks away, everyone is anticipating the big match. However, there may be a match that will capture quite a bit of interest in that it is a championship-caliber event. Both Vladimir Kramnik (ranked #4) and Levon Aronian (ranked #2) have decided to stage a “friendly” match of six […]

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I.S. 318 – National Champions(L-R) Justus Williams, James Black, Isaac Barayev and Matthew Kluska.Photo by I.S. 318 (Brooklyn, NY) The hardware just keep piling up for I.S. 318. As the screening for the movie “Brooklyn Castle” continues, the middle school has perhaps added another saga to its spectacular run of success. Led by Justus Williams, […]

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Julius Wade, Vice President of the Maryland Chess Association, submitted this press release. THE BEST OF TWO TITLES When talking about black chess players in Baltimore City, you often hear about the Baltimore chess legends such as Charles Covington and William Morrison… Not since the Scholastic Chess Dominance of such great ones like Nathan Wilson, […]

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In the third “Drum Beat” segment, we look at the latest news on The Chess Drum including a few interesting features such as “Will Hou Yifan become the greatest?” and “Bobby’s Blitz Chess“. There is also a very interesting story on Theophilus Thompson by Dr. Steven Dowd on a composition that he was never given […]

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Thapelo FrancisDefending Women’s Champ Botswana Chess Federation will on the 6th-9th April 2012 host the Metropolitan National Chess Championships at Yarona Country Lodge. The event is the final lap of the three-stage tournament. The tournament will be played by 10 men and 10 women who were placed in top 10 at 2nd Qualifiers in Francistown. […]

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PRESS RELEASE Trinidad & Tobago Guardian Online The CARIFTA Chess Games which begins at University of West Indies (UWI) on Friday will make history in several ways, not the least being the honouring of past presidents of the T&T Chess Association, all players winning medals at Olympiads and official FIDE tournaments. According to Association president […]

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This weekend The Chess Drum will release its third edition of “The Drum Beat”. We will feature the latest updates, visit top websites, Facebook, Twitter and perhaps run an exclusive segment on the World Championship. You can also send in your questions and they can be addressed on the air. Get news you can’t get […]

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World Champion Viswanathan Anand will defend his crown against Boris Gelfand. The match begins May 11th and will be held in Moscow’s Tretyakov Gallery. This will be Anand’s second defense since winning the crown at a championship tournament in 2007 in Mexico. He defended his crown against both Vladimir Kramnik and Veselin Topalov. There has […]

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