Archive for February, 2015

New in Chess (2015/1)

Bobby Fischer died in January 2009 at age 64. He continues to be in discussions and the latest New in Chess has a special feature with him on the cover. However, the story is about Miguel Najdorf’s experience during the time of World War II and thereafter. This story goes into great detail about Najdorf’s […]

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Hikaru Nakamura has started strongly in 2015. Photo by Eteri Kublashvili. Hikaru Nakamura started the year trying to rebound after a mediocre result in the London Classic and being relegated to America’s #2 position after Wesley So’s impressive showing at the Tata Steel. While there were no public comments by Nakamura, there was a sense […]

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Chess enthusiasts and supporters, After Maurice Ashley’s earning of the GM title, there was quite a bit of excitement as his story traversed the globe and became common fare in the diet of chess discussions. His inspiring story served as a beacon of light as the first in the Black community to have earned the […]

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Mini-Chess Seminar Following the success of the 40th Year TPLF Anniversary Cup in Ethiopia, the focus now moves to Rwanda where MiniChess master trainer Malusi Lekalakala has just completed another successful series of training sessions. Malusi Lekalakala conducting the “train the trainers” seminar. Malusi was in the country from the 12th – 16th February during […]

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Chess Kenya and the Ethiopian Chess Federation recently held a tournament in Mekele, Tigrai, Ethiopia to foster a better sense of cooperation in the region. Bordering Kenya on the northeast, a Kenyan delegation traveled to partake in the festival at the same time the country was celebrating the 40th Year Tigrayan People’s Liberation Front (TPLF). […]

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Akinyele Akinseye A very important interview has been conducted by Nigeria’s Akinseye Akinleye of Lewis Ncube, the President of the African Chess Confederation (ACC). It covers a wide range of topics from the new structure of the African Championships (including automatic GM titles), the African Grand Prix and expansion to increase Africa’s federation membership from […]

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Dear friends and supporters, At the FIDE Congress at 2014 Chess Olympiad in Tromso, Norway. The scarf was presented to me by Ethiopian delegate, Ghidey Debessu. Photo by Daaim Shabazz. On February 12, 2015, The Chess Drum turns fourteen years old! It is amazing when reflecting how many stories have graced the site over the […]

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Emmanuel Carter with older sister Kydriana Carter and grandmother. Both players have represented North Carolina in a number of scholastic events. Their brother Lorenzo Carter (not pictured) also plays. Photo by Frank Johnson. North Carolina is quietly becoming a hotbed of young chess talent. With a very active state organization along with a U.S. Chess […]

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Hikaru Nakamura GM Hikaru Nakamura is riding high off of his recent win in Gibraltar, Spain. The 27-year is a bit more mellow in his demeanor, but his play is still high-octane. At the Gibraltar Masters, he bolted out of the gate with six straight wins including a creative queen romp against Jovana Vojinovic and […]

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Candidate Master Noah Fields Photo from Georgi Orlov Academy. Noah Fields, a 9th grader from Charles Wright Academy in Tacoma, won clear first place at the WA High School Individual Championship. Noah is a long-time student of IM Georgi Orlov, and his rating has now passed 2100 for the very first time. Along the way, […]

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We are only in the second month of 2015 and there is already heightened anticipation of the U.S. Championships which will begin on March 31st. What is the reason for the excitement? First, Wesley So will be competing in his first U.S. Championship and his transfer will ultimately make the tournament much more competitive in […]

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FM Warren Elliott FM Warren Elliott is considered one of the “veterans” of this year’s Jamaican National Championships despite the fact that many of the veteran masters IM Jomo Pitterson, FM Shane Matthews and CM Duane Rowe were not present. Defending national champion Andrew Mellace was set to defend his crown and three-time national champion […]

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