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Drum Interviews @ St. Louis 2017 Rapid & Blitz The inaugural event was launched in St. Louis on the tailend of the 2017 Sinquefield Cup won by Maxime Vachier-Lagrave. It is hard to top such a strong field, but the intrigue was heightened when the 13th World Champion decided to play in the Grand Chess […]

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IM Adham Fawzy has flown underneath the radar, but is primarily known as a representative of Egypt in African and Arab events. The 17-year old International Master recently shined in the Abu Dhabi International tournament in a scintillating game versus Iranian phenom GM Parham Maghsoodloo. He is following the path of many Egyptian prodigies of […]

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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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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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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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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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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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GM Zhu Chen The African Chess Confederation through the support of the World Chess Federation Women’s Commission has the honour of hosting the former World Woman Chess Champion Grand Master Zhu Chen from China. Grandmaster Zhu Chen is the former World Woman Chess Champion, she has reached the highest level of play by attaining a […]

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Chess community, I am Dr. Daaim Shabazz, Associate Professor of Global Business at Florida A&M University and the creator/owner of The Chess Drum website. I am in good standing with the United Stated Chess Federation where I am an active player, Board Member of Florida Chess Association and have selflessly served the chess journalist community […]

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Those who live in the DMV (DC, Maryland, Virginia) area will know the lure of chess in the parks. These places are known for their grittiness and hard-scrabble activities give a forum to many creative personalities… one of which is chess. Washington, DC is known as the nation’s capitol, but for chess players, Dupont Circle […]

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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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Two more rounds remain at the the 2013 World Team Championships and it will be a race to gold. Ukraine is currently atop the field by one point over Russia with 12 points, while China (10 pts.) and the USA (8 pts.) are also fighting for medal contention. Kramnik’s fortune has changed since his brutal […]

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While the fervor from World Championship has subsided and Magnus Carlsen settles into his role as the World Champion, other action is heating up in Antalya, Turkey. The biennial World Team Championship is being held featuring ten of the top teams including the host nation of Turkey. Hikaru Nakamura is climbing up the ELO list […]

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GM Ahmed AdlyPhoto from http://chess.ugrasport.com. BREAKING NEWS! In what is clearly a disappointing development for Egyptian chess, GM Ahmed Adly was unable to receive clearance to participate in the 2013 World Cup which starts on August 10th in Tromso, Norway. Adly was prevented from traveling due to an obligatory service to the Egyptian Army. There […]

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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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Dear Chess World, Those of us in the small community of chess journalism commit to this task as a labor of love. There is no quantifying the amount of time and energy invested in telling the story of chess to the world. Many of us who cover chess have full-time jobs in addition to the […]

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I have always wanted to visit Turkey. It is one of those places that one reads about in school. The Ottoman Empire and the vision of Kemal Attaturk are those I had known about, but to see the famous Blue Mosque was something I had to witness. The 40th Chess Olympiad was held in the […]

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Champions Cup The 40th Chess Olympiad came to a close on Sunday evening as the medal ceremonies crowned a number of winners. The crowning moments came at the end when both the Armenian men and the Russian women climbed the podium for the gold. If this Olympiad has told us nothing else, we have seen […]

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Top Boards (Open) Ukraine 3-1 China Hungary 1½-2½ Armenia Russia 3-1 Germany Poland 1½-2½ USA Argentina 1-3 Netherlands Full Results GM Levon Aronian. Photo by Daaim Shabazz. Armenia wins their third gold in the last four Olympiad as they stormed to victory over Hungary. Matched with China’s devastating 3-1 loss to the Ukraine, Armenia edged […]

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Top Boards (Open) China 2½-1½ United States Argentina 1½-2½ Russian Federation Netherlands 1-3 Armenia Azerbaijan 1½-2½ Ukraine Czech Republic 1-3 Poland Full Results Onischuk was unable to hold the match for the USA. Photo by Daaim Shabazz. Fortunes turned again as the unpredictable Olympiad entered its penultimate round. Marquee matchups promised fighting chess… and that […]

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Ali Nihat Yazici speaking on the journalist banning. Photo by Daaim Shabazz. Evgeny Surov of chess.news received a sanction from Turkish Federation President Ali Nihat Yazici and was not allowed an accreditation at the 40th Chess Olympiad in Istanbul, Turkey. According to a Chessvibes report and Surov’s own accounts, he was not allowed to enter […]

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Top Boards (Open) USA 2½-1½ Russia Philippines 0½-3½ China Armenia 2½-1½ Germany Poland 2-2 Azerbaijan Ukraine 3-1 France Full Results Miracle on Board? Nakamura topples Kramnik in gladiator matchup.Photo by Daaim Shabazz. Not exactly a miracle, but perhaps “shocking” is what is used to describe Russia’s loss to the USA in round nine. With the […]

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