Archive for July, 2014

Despite rumours that the Tromso Olympiad would be cancelled due to financial shortcomings, the biennial event is hours from the Opening Ceremony. Ramblings over money was not the only controversy. ChessBase filed a report of terrorist threats. After the COT2014 disqualified a number of teams (including defending gold medalist), there were barbs thrown at the […]

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The United States Chess Federation (USCF) is currently celebrating its 75th anniversary during the U.S. Open Chess Tournament. America’s most prestigious open tournament is taking place at the Rosen Centre Hotel (9840 International Dr., Orlando FL 32819) in the vacation hub of Orlando, Florida, the home of the Disney franchise. Months ago the United States […]

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In our world of chess we play in a variety of environments… hotels, schools, barber shops, busy streets, parks, museums, office board rooms, malls, front porches and even balconies. Regardless of where chess is played the surroundings is often replaced with the world on the 64 square chess board. EARL HAMMUDTrenton New Jersey Maximum Security […]

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Adisa Banjoko of the Hip Hop Chess Federation penned an interesting essay titled, “Illusory Protection: Education & The Prison Industrial Complex”. This piece deals with his own experience as a security guard at John McConnell Elementary School and some of the disturbing trends he saw amongst Black and Latino students. Co-written with Arash Daneshzadeh, the […]

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Those who live in the DMV (DC, Maryland, Virginia) area will know the lure of chess in the parks. These places are known for their grittiness and hard-scrabble activities give a forum to many creative personalities… one of which is chess. Washington, DC is known as the nation’s capitol, but for chess players, Dupont Circle […]

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The organizing committee for the 2014 Chess Olympiad (COT2014) has declared that all teams will be allowed to play in the biennial event. This comes after a contentious battle between the world body (FIDE) and the COT2014. The issue arose when the COT2014 stated that no team registering after the June 1st deadline would be […]

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New in Chess (2014/4)

While Magnus Carlsen has settled into his role as World Champion, he is faced with defending his title in a few months. Since then he has played in only a handful of tournaments… albeit successfully. One of these was the Gashimov Memorial in Shakmir, Azerbaijan. Gashimov died of a brain tumor in January at the […]

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A major story has broken in the chess world yesterday as Norway Olympiad Committee (NOC) have disqualified the Russian women’s team who are the defending champions. This has caused quite a stir because FIDE is seeking to overturn the decision despite the admission that the Russian Chess Federation (RCF) missed the June 1st deadline for […]

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The Millionaire Chess Open is 90 days away! GM Maurice Ashley has put out a reminder to register by July 31st at the initial US$1000.00 entry fee. He reiterates the incentives and has planned other sweeteners such as a all expenses trip to Hawaii and a “Best Dressed” award. He has recently given a walk-through […]

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HHCF Grand Opening!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE PR Contact: Meek Gaborski contact@hiphopchessfederation.org Hip-Hop Chess Federation Celebrates Grand Opening of Community Center August 16th July 15, 2014 – San Jose, CA- The Hip-Hop Chess Federation (HHCF) is proud to announce it will host the Grand Opening of the HHCF Community Education Center. The event will take place Saturday August 16th […]

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Marcus Mosiah Garvey Marcus Garvey was famous for his revolutionary movement at the turn of the 20th century known as the Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA). At the height of his powers, he attracted nearly 4,000,000 followers. His idea was to unite all of those of African ancestry under the banner of Pan-Africanism for political, […]

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Finally meeting the legendary Walter Harris at 2014 World Open! Walter Harris is someone that the chess world may not know of, but those who have followed stories of The Chess Drum realize his importance in the annals of chess history. Harris, 72, is the first player of African descent to earn the title of […]

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Emory Tate Delivers a Legendary Performance at the Fremont Summer Chess Camp International Master Emory Tate stunned the Bay Area’s best young chess players by achieving a perfect score in a massive simultaneous chess exhibition at the Torres Chess and Music Academy’s Fremont Summer Chess Camp. IM Emory Tate played the black pieces most games. […]

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There has been a wave of campaign activity in Africa which seems to be the region where candidates are focusing a lot of attention. It may be called “The Scramble for Africa“. A few months back there was a sparring match between incumbent Kirsan Ilyumzhinov and challenger Garry Kasparov over who had garnered the support […]

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Legal documents have been filed with the FIDE Electoral Commission by the Kasparov campaign accusing the Kirsan Ilyumzhinov campaign with a list of violations including illegally changing the identity of the voting delegates for Gabon and Afghanistan. The complaints also state that FIDE has listed “Netherland Antilles” as a voting member though the Dutch territory […]

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The 4th President’s Cup Chess Championships lived up to expectation when it attracted top players in the sub-region as well as the Indian Grandmaster Sriram Jha who won the FIDE rated section with 7½ points out of 9. The Championships were made up of three tournaments; the FIDE rated section, the Open section and the […]

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The World Open is a bonanza that attracts so many chess aficionados far and wide. Each year, droves of competitors assemble on the tournament not only to play, but to socialize and to participate in America’s most well-known tournament. The 2014 World Open would be memorable for a number of reasons. Dominique Myers earned his […]

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The World Open remains America’s premier open tournament as players from around the world assemble to compete for the nation’s largest prize fund of $250,000 of which $200,000 is guaranteed. The tournament was held June 30-July 6, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City, 2799 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, Virginia. Ilya Smirin (center left) found […]

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The historic World Open is being held in Arlington, Virginia for the second year in a row at the Crystal City Hyatt. The field has attracted a strong Cuban contingent including defending champion Lazaro Bruzon and Cuba’s national champion Isan Reynaldo Ortiz Suarez. A horde of international players are in the field which should make […]

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IM Kassa Korley at 2014 World Open.Photo by Daaim Shabazz. FM Kassa Korley just earned his third International Master norm and thus qualified for the title. His ELO rating already exceeds the minimum 2400 requirement. The Duke collegiate recently finished a study aboard program in Denmark and tallied strong results in Danish tournaments including a […]

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GM Pontus Carlsson has launched his new website pontus-carlsson.com. It will serve as a portal for contacting the Swedish national for lessons. Carlsson offers both individual and group lessons and you can certainly follow him on social networks. Among the languages he speaks are Swedish, Spanish, English, German, French with plans to study Arabic and […]

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