Archive for the 'South Africa' Category

Today the 2016 Olympiad games will officially open with the Opening Ceremonies with 181 teams representing 176 countries. Many of these countries represent the best that each country has to offer. Within the last decade that generally meant a permanent balance of power tilting to Western Europe and North America. With the emergence of Asian […]

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Zambian IM Daniel Jere won the Millionaire Open Satellite in thrilling fashion.All photos by Reint Dykema (Facebook) Zambia has long lived in the shadow of African chess powers, but they have repeatedly produced players of great talent. GM Amon Simutowe of Ndola, Zambia, is one of the greatest talents ever produced in Africa. However, chances […]

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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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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 […]

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After the contentious Presidential election of the World Chess Federation (known as FIDE) in 2014 featuring incumbent President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov and former World Champion Garry Kasparov, the future of the African continent was in serious question. Little had been done in past decades to provide the continent with firm footing to develop consistent programs. Ethiopian […]

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The Millionaire Chess Satellite tournament had thrills and spills as the tournament crown and spoils went to blitz tiebreaks after a three-way tie in nine rounds of play. IM Johannes Mabusela of South Africa had led through most of the tournament scoring six wins in a row before taking a short draw with IM Chitumbo […]

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IM Johannes Mabusela with a clean sheet. Photo by Reint Dykema. IM Johannes Mabusela is in form as he leads the Millionaire Satellite tournament on 6/6 after beating GM Kenny Solomon (South Africa) in round six. The tournament is being held in Johannesburg and is the last of the satellite tournaments for the Millionaire Chess […]

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The field for the Tsogo Sun Millionaire Satellite has just been boosted by the inclusion of GM Kenny Solomon who confirmed his participation yesterday morning. There are now only 4 days to go to the start of the third and final Satellite event tournament and players who still wish to participate are asked to register […]

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IM Watu Kobese with “Masidlale Uthimba”. Photo by Mariska Morris. Chess has now been written in yet another language… the language of Xhosa. Author IM Watu Kobese has made chess available in this language again showing the game’s universality. It will aid in reaching the rural areas of South Africa. The first time I heard […]

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Daaim Shabazz with Erick Takawira in Durban, South Africa. While on a recent visit in South Africa, The Chess Drum’s Daaim Shabazz got a chance to meet with two members of the South African chess community. Bruce Tendai Mubayiwa had been in contact with Shabazz and began to tell others about the pending visit of […]

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GM Kenny Solomon being feted by CHESSA and Western Cape authority.Photo by Mitchell Plains Chess. Kenny Solomon has appeared on The Chess Drum almost since its inception and it goes without saying that his talents have been known for quite some time. Having first gotten exposed to U.S. players in 2001 at both the World […]

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Contact: Graham Jurgensen Position: Executive Director – Kasparov Chess Foundation Africa Email: grahamjurg@gmail.com Contact: Sid Gandhi Position: Operations Manager – Millionaire Chess Email: support@millionairechess.com KASPAROV CHESS FOUNDATION AFRICA TO RUN MILLIONAIRE CHESS SATELLITE TOURNAMENTS IN 3 AFRICAN COUNTRIES January 29, 2015 – Millionaire Chess has announced that the Kasparov Chess Foundation Africa (KCFA) will organize […]

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South Africa continues to forge ahead with “Moves for Life” initiative launched in 2010. President Jacob Zuma gave the program his full backing and the program has sprouted to offer chess instruction to thousands of young boys and girls. Some of the takeaway benefits are motor skills, critical thinking, concentration and discipline. All of these […]

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The 2013 African Junior Championships were hosted on January 25th-31st at Hotel Bouazza in Tiaret, Algeria and organized by the Algerian Chess Federation (FADE) and the African Chess Union. This tournament features players under 20 years old or born before January 1, 1993. Eight federations were represented and there were some surprises. Despite being played […]

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The World Youth Team Championship was held in Al Ain, UAE typically the center of chess tournaments in the Middle East. While it broke records for the largest amount of players (1773), there were a number of issues that dampened an otherwise festive event. There were complaints about the food lines, pairing snafus, broadcasting issues […]

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Approximately one year ago, The Chess Drum was introduced to the South Africa-based African Chess Lounge (ACL). At that time, they were holding qualifiers for a long-awaited television broadcast featuring blitz matches, news and interviews. That time has come as Reuben Salimu sent out a press release. National Master Jerald Times is commentating along with […]

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South Africa recently hosted the Commonwealth Championship and was graced with an appearance of Garry Kasparov. The momentum continues as a strong invitational will begin today featuring a number of Grandmasters and several regional hopefuls. Sergey Tiviakov, the globetrotting chess player, will lead a field of 13 players in the DSK Championship over the next […]

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Typically modest about his achievements, local chess Grandmaster-elect Kenny Solomon fulfilled his lifelong dream when he played a simultaneous exhibition match against 20 promising young players at the Rocklands Library in Mitchells Plain, Cape Town on Tuesday, 26 March 2013. The exhibition was a truly inspiring moment for a player who grew up in modest […]

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African Chess Lounge (ACL) recently held a successful qualifier which was publicized on their TV show. The organization was launched last November as an all-purpose chess entity with TV programming, training and chess equipment sales. Reuben Salimu is the pioneer leading the South African initiative and is located in Western Cape province. The first qualifier […]

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Olympiad tournaments are full of interesting personalities ranging from professional players, to enthusiastic organizers and to national champions in tiny chess countries. IM Kenneth Solomon The Chess Drum was able to get 12 interviews during the 40th Chess Olympiad including its third with three-time Olympic champion Levon Aronian. Please sit back and enjoy these short […]

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GM-elect Kenneth Solmon of South Africa.Photo by Daaim Shabazz. In the past few years, life has really changed for IM Kenny Solomon. Now married with a daughter and living in Italy, his life has a new purpose. When I interviewed Solomon after the sixth round, I asked him if this life change helped his chess […]

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Rodwell Makoto of Zimbabwe won the 2012 South African Open with superior tiebreaks over IM Johannes Mabusela, GM Ahmed Adly and Daniel Cawdery. All ended with 9/11. Makoto finished undefeated and drew with both Adly and GM Antonio Fernandes. Adly was upset by Craig Bornheim in the shock of the tournament and could not overtake […]

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Chess South Africa & Chess Western Province cordially invites all chess players to participate in 2012 South African Open Friday 29th June 2012 and will conclude on Sunday 8th July 2012Newlands Stadium Convention Centre (City of Cape Town in Western Province, South Africa) ENTRIES Entries after 27th June 2012 will be subject to the discretion […]

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There are a lot of stories about how chess can individuals in a myriad of ways. Chess often finds a home in prison as the offenders can find the activity helpful in the coping process. Why chess? Perhaps it is the ability to control one’s fate in a place where they are otherwise subjected to […]

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Thursday 22 March 2012 Geraldine Engelman (CHESSA Director of PR & Media) “The biggest problem I see among people who want to excel in chess – and in business and in life in general – is not trusting their instincts enough.” – Garry Kasparov Some of the best quotes of the famous GM Garry Kasparov […]

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