Archive for February, 2017

A new woman will be declared World Champion as the knockout tournament dwindles down to two competitors. Both Tan Zhongyi and Anna Muzychuk had trod different paths to reach the final Zhongyi survived an intense tiebreak despite being on the brink of defeat in the Armageddon game. On the other hand, Muzychuk has waltzed through […]

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GM Carlsson conducting simultaneous exhibition at East Park Mall in Lusaka, Zambia. Photo by Yofoso Chess League. Pontus Carlsson is currently in Zambia as part of the Chess Masters in Africa tour. On February 25th, he posted on his Facebook page, Yesterday giving a simul against 25 players at the big East Park mall. 21 […]

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The Paul Allen Foundation in collaboration with the Kasparov Chess Foundation for Africa is currently conducting its “Chess Masters for Africa Tour,” with a number of icon players including GMs Maurice Ashley (USA), Pontus Carlsson (Sweden) and Kenny Solomon (South Africa). The tour will cover six countries and last until June. GM Solomon unloading equipment […]

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Chess enthusiasts and supporters, Throughout the “Black History Month” of February we celebrated the accomplishments of people of African descent, particularly those in the U.S. For 16 years, The Chess Drum has been recording the history of a population segment that is largely unknown or unappreciated in the world of chess. I have written thousands […]

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2017 Women’s World Chess ChampionshipFebruary 10th-March 4th, 2017 (Tehran, Iran)Match Scores (Semifinals) Pairings 1 Tan Zhongyi CHN 5-4 Dronavalli, H IND 2 Muzychuk, A UKR 2-0 Kosteniuk, A RUS Drum Coverage| Round 1 | Round 2 | Round 3 | Round 4 || Semifinals | Finals | Tan ZhongyiPhoto by David Llada The first game […]

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Justus Williams, Webster University Photo by Paul Truong (SPICE) FIDE Master Justus Williams has had an interesting ride in his chess career. Coming from Bronx, New York, he became a National Master at 12, starred in “Brooklyn Castle” in 2013, won the Junior Open back later in the same year along with many state titles. […]

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2017 Women’s World Chess ChampionshipFebruary 10th-March 4th, 2017 (Tehran, Iran)Match Scores (Round #4) Pairings 1 Ju Wenjun CHN ½-1½ Tan Zhongyi CHN 2 Dronavalli, H IND 2½-1½ Dzagnidze, N GEO 3 Muzychuk, A UKR 1½-½ Stefanova, A BUL 4 Kosteniuk, A RUS 1½-½ Ni Shiqun CHN Drum Coverage| Round 1 | Round 2 | Round […]

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FMs Josh Colas and Justus Williams are competing in the IM St. Louis Winter Invitational taking place at Chess Club and Scholastic Center in St. Louis. Both are looking to earn their last norms to complete the requirement of three. Both would then have to eclipse the 2400 FIDE barrier. Both are currently finishing their […]

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2017 Women’s World Chess ChampionshipFebruary 10th-March 4th, 2017 (Tehran, Iran)Match Scores (Round #3) Pairings 1 Ju Wenjun CHN 3½-2½ Girya, O RUS 2 Padmini, Rout IND 2½-3½ Tan Zhongyi CHN 3 Harika, Dronavalli IND 3½-2½ Guramishvili, S GEO 4 Dzagnidze, Nana GEO 1½-½ Shen Yang CHN 5 Muzychuk, A UKR 2-0 Pham, Le Thao VIE […]

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2017 Women’s World Chess ChampionshipFebruary 10th-March 4th, 2017 (Tehran, Iran)Match Scores (Round #2) Bracket 1 1 Ju Wenjun CHN 1½-½ Zhu Chen QAT 2 Bodnaruk, A RUS 0-2 Girya, O RUS Bracket 2 3 Zhao Xue CHN 1½-2½ Padmini, Rout IND 4 Tan Zhongyi CHN 4½-4½ Ushenina, A UKR Bracket 3 5 Harika, Dronavalli IND […]

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2017 Women’s World Chess ChampionshipFebruary 10th-March 4th, 2017 (Tehran, Iran)Match Scores (Round #1) Bracket 1 1 Ju Wenjun CHN 2-0 Lane, N AUS 2 Zhu Chen QAT 1½-½ Sukandar, I BLR 3 Hejazipour, M IRI 4-5 Bodnaruk, A RUS 4 Girya, O RUS *-* Foisor, C UKR Bracket 2 5 Martinez, A ARG 1-3 Zhao […]

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Dear friends and supporters, During this Black History Month in the U.S., there are usually many stories about the history of people who have made tremendous contributions to the evolution of history in the country. Many of these figures would be unknown and obscure to most, but may also include figures that extend across the […]

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The Women’s World Championship is underway in Tehran, Iran with 63 women vying for the world title. Apart from the pre-tournament controversy, the event would begin on a somber note after the unfortunate passing of Romanian Cristina Adela Foisor. She passed away just over two weeks ago on January 22nd at age 49. The organizers […]

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On February 10th, the Iranian capital of Tehran will begin hosting the 2017 Women’s World Chess Championships months after the “hijabgate” firestorm led by current U.S. women’s champion Nazi Paikidze. Given the heightened political U.S.-Iran tensions after the election of Donald J. Trump, it is unlikely that the two boycotting Americans would have felt comfortable, […]

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The Millionaire Chess organization has released a press release announcing that there would not be a tournament in 2017, but there are possibilities for future events. Maurice Ashley and Amy Lee cited lack of sponsorship as the prime reason and appealed to the chess community for assistance in finding support. Amy Lee working hard to […]

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Hikaru Nakamura receives his winners cheque for £23,000 and trophy from Tradewise Chairman James Humphreys (left) and Tradewise Chess Festival Organiser Brian Callaghan. Hikaru scored 8/10 (+6 =4) and then won a playoff 1½-½ to take first prize. Photo © John Saunders. Hikaru Nakamura has won the Gibraltar Masters for the third time (2015, 2016, […]

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U.S. Chess Line Online ranks its top articles each year and The Chess Drum’s feature on FM Josh Colas made the cut at #8. Colas is a freshman at Webster University and at the time of the article had just earned his first GM norm. The article features the evolution of this humble product of […]

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