Archive for January, 2016

IM David Silva, two-time African Junior Champion Angola has been one of the most successful African federations in terms of producing International Masters. Players like Manuel Mateus, Pedro Aderito, Alexandre Nascimento, Amorin Agnelio and Armindo Sousa were some of the earliest names. They have represented the oil-rich country with high marks in international competitions. At […]

Share

Read Full Post »

Senegal is the home of many strong draughts players including a former world champion, Baba Sy. While chess is played in Senegal and goes all the way back to the Almoravids (Moors), there have been many variants of the game on the continent. It leads some to believe that chess may have started in Africa. […]

Share

Read Full Post »

There are interesting stories to be found all over the chess world. For two weeks, I was part of CIBER Faculty Development Tour of southeast Asia designed for faculty from the U.S. to understand the intricacies of the political, economic and social environment of the region. It is funded by the Department of Education in […]

Share

Read Full Post »

African continental President Lewis Ncube and African Chess Confederation the has released the chess calendar for the 2016 year. It encompasses all the major events, but may include others that have yet to be posted. A number of young federations are being thrust into organizing events in order to get them needed experience for growing […]

Share

Read Full Post »

The young 16-year old Nigerian girl has enjoyed modest success but what she was able to share was worth more than the glory from her growing collection of medals. The articulate young girl was looking very smart in her school uninform as she confidently answwered qustions about her chess life and about why chess is […]

Share

Read Full Post »

When Magnus Carlsen won the World Chess Championship from Viswanthan Anand, the chess world thought that the Norwegian would take chess to new heights of visibility. The truth is that while Carlsen has been on a number of television appearances and had a professional modeling gig, this has not translated into sponsors knocking down the […]

Share

Read Full Post »

Dear chess family & friends, Two-thousand sixteen! We are here. Are there any movies named after this year? I can’t think of any. Perhaps we can make our own movie as the year progresses. Lots of exciting things happening. The year 2015 was a good year for chess with many developments, a few controversies and […]

Share

Read Full Post »