Archive for December, 2014

Chinese men became Olympiad champions for the first time!Photo by Daaim Shabazz. The year 2014 was an interesting campaign and The Chess Drum covered the action in 240 published articles. Magnus Carlsen successfully defended his title in November and we have a new Olympiad champion in China… the men!! The balance of power in chess […]

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New in Chess (2014/8)

Alexander Grischuk has long been known as a supreme talent and recently breached the 2800 barrier after winning the Tigran Petrosian Memorial. The scruffy-looking and once dread-locked Russian has again been put on the short list of championship contenders. Polish phenom Jan-Krzysztof Duda brings up such an important point in his “The Next Generation” article. […]

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A couple of years back, a very important book was released about a girl from a poor African village. Her name was “Phiona”… from one of the poorest continents, poorest countries, poorest city and… a girl. It was a gripping story which showed how difficult life can be for some in African villages. Phiona’s life […]

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Watching China and India receiving the gold and bronze medals at the 2014 Chess Olympiad was quite a testament and affirmation to the globalization of chess. It was the first men’s medal for a team from Asia and Cuba also made a good showing. This is certainly a good sign that chess is in a […]

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The Gambia Chess Federation on Saturday 27th December 2014 opened its headquarters meant to enhance the activities of the federation, in Manjai Kunda. The opening of the bureau also saw the federation stage a day’s rapid tournament, which was won by Gambia’s third candidate master Ebrima Bah alias Kuru Boy, who went home with seven […]

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Chess seems to be making a foray into Francophone Africa, a place that is home to many strategy games, but especially draughts. Burkina Faso joined FIDE in Tromso, Norway becoming one of the latest nations to join the fraternity of chess nations. Like many places, the Burkinabè chess community started from humble beginnings with the […]

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For those of you who don’t know where Lesotho is, it is nearly encapsulated in the South African land mass. It has a relatively young chess community and thus there are a few initiatives that have sprouted there. According to the organization’s website, Marisa van der Merwe developed the program, MiniChess because of her passion […]

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PRESIDENT’S CHRISTMAS MESSAGE TO MEMBERS OF THE JAMAICA CHESS FEDERATION Dear Members, This is to wish for you and yours a tremendous Christmas season and a truly fantastic 2015 when it comes. I also extend similar sentiments to our Caribbean brothers and sisters, regional federations and the wider chess community led by the World Chess […]

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Chess has become quite a magnet at schools across the American landscape. Schools at every level have sought to have chess as either a recreational activity or one that is an integral part of their school curriculum. One of the largest tournaments in the U.S. history was the 2013 Supernational held in Nashville, Tennessee in […]

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It has been a long journey for Kenny Solomon. Following in the footsteps of his older brothers, he charted a course to chess excellence. His destiny would be etched in history when he learned chess at the age of 13. His story has been captured in countless interviews including one appearing in the South African […]

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The African Individual Chess Championship has begun in Windhoek, Namibia and three spots for the World Cup qualifying tournament are up for grabs. The Namibia Chess federation (NCF) is playing host to the annual event which has attracted GM Ahmed Adly along with IM Kenny Solomon (three GM norms). There are six additional IMs with […]

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Viswanathan Anand won the 2014 London Classic by pipping the field in the last round. Anand’s win over Michael Adams gave him a joint tie for 1st on 7/15 points (or 3/5 conventional). His victory is by the virtue of him winning with the black pieces. Michael Adams – Viswanathan Anand, 0-1.Photo by Ray Morris-Hill. […]

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Since its announcement in December 2013, the Millionaire Chess Open created a buzz in the chess world that was mixed with both optimism and cynicism. However the MCO kicked off with great fanfare on October 9th creating an excitement not seen in recent years. The tournament was a rousing success and received raving reviews. Several […]

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Senior Master Josh Colas Sixteen-year old Joshua Colas has been playing chess for nearly ten years and has been able to accomplish many titles along the way. According to his personal website, Josh has won six national championships and has been named to the All-American Scholastic Chess Team every year since 2009. He also qualified […]

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GM Jean-Marc N’Djofang (Cameroon) Grandmaster Jean-Marc N’Djofang of Cameroon will play an unprecedented World Championship match next year against seven-time draughts champion Aleksandr Georgiev of Russia. It will be the first time an African will play a match for the title. There has been only one African to hold the title. Baba Sy of Senegal […]

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The fourth edition of the World Minds Sports Games in Beijing, China on December 11th-17th. 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. This is the second time that chess will feature a variant known […]

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Now that the Qatar Masters Open has the crown of the strongest open in history, the London Chess Classic is trying to reclaim the strongest tournament from the Sinquefield Cup. Two years ago, the London Chess Classic boasted four 2800-rated players, but last year was even stronger with Magnus Carlsen and Levon Aronian headlining the […]

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Fabiano Caruana graces the cover of the current New in Chess after his memorable win at the Sinquefield Cup. His seven consecutive wins created a worldwide buzz about where his performance fit amongst the all-time greats. His performance rating was a computeresque 3097. However, this look at Caruana (who is maturing before our eyes), may […]

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If you stop by the B-Café for a bite to eat on Saturdays around three in the afternoon, you will see a trail of young girls making their way to Chess Girls DC, a nonprofit founded by Robin Ramson to get more girls interested in the game. Her daughter Sarah, age 4, has been playing […]

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Words, Beats & Life does chess and hip-hop better than ever! Bum Rush the Boards has opened up registration and invites every chess-head and future grandmaster to show off their skills in friendly competition and some hip-hop fun. Think of all the references to chess you hear in hip-hop music. Wu-Tang Clan, Jay Z, Public […]

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The World Chess Hall of Fame in St. Louis, Missouri has had a number of intriguing exhibits including “Queens” and the currently running exhibit, “A Memorable Life: A Glimpse into the Mind of Bobby Fischer”. There is an intriguing exhibit on display at the museum featuring the work of Ben Kaplan. The “Living Like Kings” […]

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