Archive for October, 2014

Here’s a question for you… Can chess save lives? If your instructor is Orrin “Checkmate” Hudson, the answer is, “Definitely!” Brian, Orrin and Aaron at BeSomeone offices. Hudson will bring his life-size chess board and special chess instructional skills to the Lithonia Stonecrest Library, Saturday, November 15, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. as well as […]

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Jones Murphy, Jr. decided to come out of a long hiatus to compete in the Millionaire Chess Open. In fact he was one of the more vocal supporters of this event and took and active role in extolling its importance. Despite being out of tournament chess for 12 years, Murphy played in the under-2000 and […]

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Kevin Fite has been doing good deeds with Detroit City Chess Club for many years. One of his products Jimmy Canty just scored big at the Millionaire Chess Open in Vegas. The Detroit City Chess Club has become a mainstay as part of the culture of Detroit and recently the community was featured on Detroit […]

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Since the Millionaire Chess Open ended, I have read several accounts of the historic event. Most were favorable; some were mixed; some were critical. As is custom in my coverage of major tournaments The Chess Drum covers live, I do a reflections piece. It recounts my overall experiences along with an assessment on some specifics. […]

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Adisa Banjoko has a life which if it was a book would be an exciting drama/romance/thriller. That’s how rich his experiences have been. Having navigated through many turbulent times, but finding an outlet in hip-hop, Adisa knew that this genre possessed magical and mystical powers. He wrote two volumes of a book Lyrical Swords which […]

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The Millionaire Chess Open has come and gone, but will not be soon forgotten. The four-day festival culminated with an exciting playoff and in the end GM Wesley So came out victorious. The 21-year old Filipino was expressive at the closing ceremony and could be seen milling out in a jubilant mood. Varuzhan Akobian (right) […]

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Wesley So wins 1st Millionaire Open and $100,000!! Amy Lee and Maurice Ashley present a triumphant Wesley So with the winner’s check.Photo by Paul Truong. GM Wesley So told The Chess Drum that he was skeptical about the tournament a month ago, but decided to play at the urging of Webster coach Susan Polgar. He […]

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Six-way tie for first in Open… perfect score in under-2000! Everyone wants to be an millionaire… and even a few thousand dollars richer. Aderemi Adekola of Chicago was happy to win his game over Jones Murphy on the top board of the under-2000 section putting him on 6/6. There are also perfect scores in the […]

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Yu Yangyi on 4/4 after Day Two… Five GMs on 3.5/5 Webster University: Susan Polgar, GM Le Quang Liem, GM Ray Robson, GM Wesley So, IM Aswin Jayaram Webster University came in full-force to the Millionaire Chess Open with several players including world’s #14 Wesley So, Le Quang Liem and Ray Robson. Susan Polgar is […]

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As the players were milling about in the dining area for breakfast you could tell there was something different about this event. Everyone present seemed to be in a good mood as players from around the U.S. and 41 other countries assembled in Las Vegas for The Millionaire Chess Open. The event started with a […]

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Adisa Banjoko has had a vision since the founding of the Hip-Hop Chess Federation 2006 to present to the world a unique fusion of artforms. This unlikely combination of hip-hop, chess and martial arts has been a revelation to those who may only understand one of these arts… or none. Over the years, it has […]

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Just when we thought Magnus Carlsen (2863, -7) was heading for 2900, Fabiano Caruana (2844, +43) went on a rampage and netted 35 points at the Sinquefield Cup. He has tacked on a few more points at the FIDE Grand Prix in Baku and is edging closer as Carlsen prepares for his title defense against […]

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The time is here! The widely-anticipated inaugural Millionaire Open is only a few days away. GM Maurice Ashley and Amy Lee have invested in the future of chess by organizing what will be a historic event! A $1,000,000 chess event has never been attempted and there will only be one FIRST event of such… this […]

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There are a lot of human interest stories that are not told in chess. While the world fawns over Magnus Carlsen and Fabiano Caruana, there is another side of chess that is often overlooked. James “Black Knight” Taylor suggested (before he passed away) that “street chess” deserves recognition and should be memorialized. The New York […]

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