Archive for December, 2013

Cuba Gooding is one of Hollywood’s finest actors. If you were watching carefully, you may have even seen him in Eddie Murphy’s barbershop in “Coming to America”. Later on, he played a number of memorable roles from Tre Styles in “Boyz in the Hood,” to Chief Carl Brashear in “Men or Honor,” to the more […]

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The World Youth Team Championship was held in Al Ain, UAE typically the center of chess tournaments in the Middle East. While it broke records for the largest amount of players (1773), there were a number of issues that dampened an otherwise festive event. There were complaints about the food lines, pairing snafus, broadcasting issues […]

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While GM Giorgi Kacheishvili’s win of the 2013 North American Open is not much of a surprise, what was more surprising is the players who showed up. More on that later. GM Giorgi KacheishviliPhoto by Cathy Rogers. Kacheishvili tied with seven other players, but won on superior tiebreaks to take home $297 more than his […]

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An innovative radio program is taking a look at broadcasting chess over the radio. No… it’s not going to require any blindfold skills, but BBC Radio is experimenting with a series of interviews of personalities in their “Across the Board” series. Dominic Lawson, chess aficionado will interview the personalities during the one-hour game, but the […]

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GM N’Cho Joel Atse of Ivory Coast won the 100 draughts blitz championship and later received his gold medal, the first for Africa in the 2013 World Mind Games. Draughts is probably a board sport that does not get much recognition for being a high-level game. However there is intricate beauty despite its simplicity of […]

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New in Chess (2013/8)

It is easy to know what the cover story of latest issue of New in Chess is about… Magnus Carlsen, of course! A month after winning the World Championship, Carlsen graces the cover for the second consecutive issue (which was mentioned in the letters to editor). He has made 4/8 covers this year in New […]

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Chess will never take its true place as the “KING OF GAMES/SPORTS” if we do not think big and aim for the galaxies!! ~Ian Wilkinson, President of Jamaica Chess Federation Can’t wait for the tournament!!! It’s going to be a historic event! I play 4-5 tournaments a year, but this one will be the most […]

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All roads led to the 2013 World Minds Sports Games in Beijing, China on December 12th-18th. This unique tournament featured five sports including bridge, go, draughts, xiangqi (Chinese chess) and international chess. Top players in each of these mind sports competed in various formats. Chess unfurled a unique chess variant called “Basque Chess” which entails […]

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Coming off of a “must-win” in the World Team Championships there has been an aggressive effort to reclaim the glorious past of the “Russian School of Chess”. However, has that era passed for good or is Russian ripe for a resurgence? In the win during the World Team, there was nothing new in terms of […]

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In an article published a couple weeks ago on grantland.com, a comparison was made about Lebron James being a chess Grandmaster on the court. Any knowledgeable sports fan will be able to see the connection instantly as basketball strategy is predicated on mismatches, angles and exploiting weaknesses when timing is important. James has tremendous physical […]

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Hikaru Nakamura on the mark versus Boris Gelfand.Photo by Ray Hill-Morris. Hikaru Nakamura stormed to victory at the London Chess Classic in a new rapid format featuring 16 players in four sections. The top two from each section (double round robin) then went to in a knockout format. Nakamura defeated Boris Gelfand after winning a […]

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A few days ago, GM Maurice Ashley launched what would be a bold attempt to put chess in its rightful place as a sport with the ability to raise its profile in a big way. Along with entrepreneur Amy Lee, Ashley launched “Millionaire Chess“, a tournament with a deep prize fund of $1,000,000 and many […]

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Dear chess community, The year is coming to a close and it has been quite an exciting year for The Chess Drum. The site is closing in on 200 stories for the year and has covered major events including the Tata Steel, World Candidates, U.S. Championship (live), African Championships, Tal Memorial, World Cup, Women’s World […]

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Rogelio Ortega in Zdroj, Poland in 1967.Photo by Alojzy Milka (courtesy of Dariusz Milka). There are many global heroes of sport, yet we often forget about those who never caught the glare of the bright lights but shone as brightly on the national scene. Every two years we see this marvel in the Olympiad tournaments. […]

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A couple of days ago, GM Maurice Ashley contacted The Chess Drum with some startling news. He announced the launch of “Millionaire Chess” a theme tournament with a guaranteed $1,000,000 prize fund! Back in 2005, Ashley hosted the HB Global Chess Tournament which at the time boasted the largest prize fund of any open tournament […]

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During Thanksgiving holidays in America, there are a number of tournaments being held to take advantage of the extended weekend. The National Congress in Philadelphia would certainly be the marquee venue for chess. People travel from coast to coast to see relatives and I was no exception. This year I have been to St. Louis […]

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GM Pontus CarlssonPhoto by Fred Lucas Back in the summer, The Chess Drum chatted with Swedish Grandmaster Pontus Carlsson via Skype and got an update on his chess activities and his online teaching. He is well-known to The Chess Drum audience having earned his GM title back in 2007 and joining Sweden’s national team. While […]

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Two more rounds remain at the the 2013 World Team Championships and it will be a race to gold. Ukraine is currently atop the field by one point over Russia with 12 points, while China (10 pts.) and the USA (8 pts.) are also fighting for medal contention. Kramnik’s fortune has changed since his brutal […]

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