Archive for February, 2016

The last day of “Black History Month”. There have been a couple of other “Leap Year” stories at The Chess Drum on February 29th. Interestingly, the prospect of an Emory Tate game collection was February 29th, 2012. So we will take advantage of this extra day during Black History Month. Theophilus Thompson has been on […]

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Last year, a story broke about a coach being arrested for improperly touching a minor on April 7th. All week long the trial of F. Leon Wilson has been a tense affair as the 62-year old chess teacher being tried for three counts of “Gross Sexual Imposition” involving 4- and 7-year old girls. He was […]

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During the 2016 Gibraltar Tradewise Masters in Spain, GM Kenny Solomon was ask to give a “Master Class” and he obliged. The South African reviewed two games with GM Stuart Conquest. The first against GM Sebastian Bogner of (Switzerland) and the second against GM Robert Zelcic (Croatia). The latter game displaying the odd …Rg8!? but […]

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Last week, FIDE moved the dates for the Olympiad in Baku, Azerbaijan to Sinquefield Cup moved back September 1st-14th 2016. The original dates were set for September 17th-30th 2016 and many who have already set their flight plans have already reported losses. Moving the Olympiad is already a pain in the ass for me. Lost […]

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Chicago is a city that is struggling with many things. Apart from all of the controversy surrounding the Chicago Police Department, the state is gripped in a financial budget crisis affecting many programs and institutions. Chicago State University, which is threatened with closure, had students who shut down expressways and traveled to Springfield, Illinois to […]

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Justus Williams has capitalized off of his “Brooklyn Castle” fame and was spotted by TMZ to do a segment “Coolest 17-year old Chess Champ Ever”. It appears as if the media is still intrigued by these type of stories as if it is still hard to find a cool chess player. Nevertheless, they’ve found the […]

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On March 1st, the announcement will be made on MC3 format and registration process. The prize structure has been changed dramatically and the lower price point will perhaps attract larger numbers. The location will be Atlantic City and is in closer proximity to the mass of chess players in the Midwest, Southeast and along the […]

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Normally a tough opponent for Hikaru Nakamura, he was able to sweep past Levon Aronian en route to another tournament victory. Photo by Frederic Friedel. Just after defending his Gibraltar title, Hikaru Nakamura went to Zurich with the same task. The same task ended with the same result… another victory! Nakamura bested Viswanathan Anand for […]

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If you go to a park in most large cities, there is usually someone with a table trying to hustle chess. These players come out each day and try not to look too conspicuous. They try to look disheveled so that a passer-by will not be intimidated. Then the hustler will lighten their pocket out […]

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The Hip Hop Chess Federation is expanding from their humble abode. The organization is now in seven schools with more in waiting. The HHCF is launching a fundraiser to help with expansion plans. As important as the growth is, it is just as important to meet the demand. Adisa Banjoko, HHCF founder has been working […]

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Dear friends and supporters, Today (February 12th, 2016), The Chess Drum is 15 years old! It’s been a long journey. Most probably cannot imagine how difficult it is to maintain a website for this length of time. It is not an easy task requiring copious amounts of “sweat equity”. There have been many interesting stories […]

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Photo by Daaim Shabazz. The U.S. Chess Hall of Fame has announced the induction of two new members, GMs Gata Kamsky and Maurice Ashley. Both have been mainstays on the American chess scene in veritably different ways. Both come from immigrant families and both were raised with an idea that they were destined for success. […]

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(Editor’s note: This article was originally written as an exclusive for U.S. Chess Online and was posted on February 1st.) FM Josh Colas at 2015 Chicago Open.Photo by Daaim Shabazz. In the chess world, we often believe we know a talented young player when we see one. How many times in America have we heard […]

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Hikaru Nakamura recently won the 2016 Gibraltar International after defeating Maxime Vachier-Lagrave in a playoff match. Both ended on 8/9 after a thrilling finale featuring wins by both players. If there were a Chess Oscar being awarded for 2015, Hikaru Nakamura would be on the short list of candidates… very short list. He played consistent […]

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Botswana’s Naledi MarapaPhoto courtesy of The Midweek Sun. Some months back there was story about an adorable chess player out of Botswana named Naledi Marape… and adorable she is! The young player was the subject of articles in local newspapers about her accomplishments as a 9-year old promising player. Her father Dr. Marape Marape describes […]

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Today the Millionaire Chess organization has announced the third edition of the high-stakes tournament. The first two editions have been successful in building a powerful brand and supporters have been waiting for the announcement. Sponsors have been hard to come by, but with the World Championship coming to the U.S. combined with the boom in […]

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