Archive for February, 2014

QUEEN NEFERTARI (Egypt) Each year in America, the Black community commemorates the accomplishments of many pioneers who overcame political exclusion, racial discrimination and socioeconomic hardships. In general the many historic figures are given each year during “Black History Month” and their accomplishments are reflected. The Chess Drum will take this opportunity to highlight some that […]

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Two candidates for FIDE President have been criss-crossing the continent of Africa vying for critical votes in a continent that is often fractured and does not always vote as a bloc. Seems like a common ritual every four years when the election campaign heats up. The current FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov took a tour of […]

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Shortly after the Chess Federation of Malawi (CHESSAM) had announced an invitation to Tanzania for a test match, FIDE announced a K4.6m grant (US$10,000) for setting up a secretariat for the Chess-in-Schools. FIDE Vice President Lewis Ncube announced the grant to the officials of CHESSAM. Kezzie Msukwa was on hand to receive the grant and […]

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GM Maurice Ashley sent this in the Millionaire Chess newsletter on February 20th to address responses that were part of a lively Facebook post on February 16th. The thread has generated more than 200 comments concerning the Millionaire Chess Open to take place this October. Several players chimed in including GMs Michal Krasenkow, Robert Hess […]

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Memphis Commercial Appeal ran a story that is becoming more common these days… girls succeeding in chess. The subject of the story is Frederick Douglass, a K8 school in Memphis, Tennessee. Ironically, the name of the prominent abolitionist and one of the most notable figures in Black History resides in one of the most impoverished […]

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Andrew Kayonde Zambia stands as one of the African countries with an abundance of talent. In the 2010 Olympiad, the 121st-ranked team came in 47th! This was the federation’s brightest moment on the Olympiad stage and there was hope that this served as a breakthrough. However, the absence of GM Amon Simutowe for the past […]

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Garry Kasparov next to the plaque commemorating his visit in Dakar, Senegal. Photo by kasparov2014.com. Former World Champion Garry Kasparov has been busy with his campaign for FIDE President having recently finished an Asian tour and an African tour. The Asian tour occurred during the World Chess Championship in November and the latter covered a […]

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New in Chess (2014/1)

New in Chess rolls out the first issue of the year and there has been an immediate change. No… not a new look. Still excellent content and coverage, but unlike last year when the first issue featured Carlsen, there is a different player featured. Carlsen clearly dominated last year winning several elite events culminating in […]

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February 14, 2014 | By KNews | Filed Under Sports Guyana’s lone national arbiter Irshad Mohamed was voted in as the new President of the Guyana Chess Federation (GCF) on Sunday last when the local governing body held their elections of office bearers. New President of the Guyana Chess Federation Irshad Mohamed (seated centre) with […]

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There are many debates circulating in the chess world about its direction and that will be the emphasis in the coming months as the FIDE Presidential election picks up steam. One of the important questions that always seems to get attention is the plight of women in chess. While the strength of women players is […]

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FIDE just released the pairings for the Candidates tournament which will be held in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia is about a month away. The winner will face World Champion Magnus Carlsen in his first title defense. This double round-robin event of the eight qualifiers is sure to be hotly-contested as many of the marquee players are present. […]

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Dear friends and supporters, Covering the 2013 U.S. Championship! Yesterday I was watching “When We Were Kings,” Miro Reverby’s documentary on chess hustlers in New York’s Washington Square Park. I marveled at ironies of foul-mouthed players taking delight in the thrilling ride that chess is. Contrast this with the subtleties of the Sinquefield Cup and […]

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Magnus Carlsen prevails in Zurich.Photo by Maria Emelianova. In his first tournament since becoming World Champion, Magnus Carlsen came out victorious last week. While he suffered a couple of stumbles, his performance was strong enough in the classical games to overcome his lackluster performance in the rapids. One attribute that is recurrent in Carlsen’s play […]

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Ignatius LeongPhoto by kasparov2014.com. The World Chess Federation or FIDE election season is in full swing as both candidates have had to face accusatory inquiries stemming from past contracts apparently exhibiting a “conflict of interest”. ChessBase.com ran a story titled, “Contractgate” detailing a six-page contract drawn up by Attorney Morton Sand and one that Garry […]

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The 2013 African Junior Championships were hosted on January 25th-31st at Hotel Bouazza in Tiaret, Algeria and organized by the Algerian Chess Federation (FADE) and the African Chess Union. This tournament features players under 20 years old or born before January 1, 1993. Eight federations were represented and there were some surprises. Despite being played […]

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