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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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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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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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Top Boards (Open) Russia 2½-1½ Ukraine China 2-2 Azerbaijan Armenia 3-1 Uzbekistan Macedonia 1-3 United States Germany 2½-1½ Hungary Full Results Wow! What a tragedy for Vassily Ivanchuk who sat at the board after his draw with Kramnik with his head in his hands. Ivanchuk had to win to save the Russia-Ukraine match and may […]

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Top Boards (Open) Azerbaijan 1½-2½ Russia China 2½-1½ Armenia Philippines 2-2 Hungary Ukraine 2½-1½ Spain Moldova 1½-2½ Germany Full Results With only four rounds remaining, the favorites are rising to the top. Russia, China, the Ukraine, Armenia and the USA have the top five spots after seven rounds. Armenia lost ground with a loss to […]

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Top Boards (Open) Russian Federation 2-2 Armenia Azerbaijan 3-1 Croatia Germany 2-2 United States Czech Republic 1½-2½ Spain Philippines 2½-1½ Bulgaria Full Results (Open) On The Chess Drum’s first day on site at the 40th Chess Olympiad, nothing could convey the electricity in the air more than being person and feeling the tension of the […]

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Top Boards (Open) Armenia 2½-1½ Ukraine Hungary 1½-2½ Russia Germany 2-2 Montenegro Croatia 2½-1½ France United States 2-2 Czech Republic Full Results Here comes Armenia!Photo by Arman Karakhayan. The plot thickens. At the first break and at the midway point, Armenia has made the climb to the top ekeing out slim 2½-1½ victories. This round […]

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Top Boards (Open) USA 2-2 India Russia 3-1 China Azerbaijan 2-2 Germany France 2-2 England Philippines 1½-2½ Armenia Full Results The contenders are beginning to rise to fore as many of the heavyweights are now facing off in crucial contests. Russia got a crucial win by beating China handily 3-1 with Grischuk crushing Wang Yue […]

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Top Boards (Open) Slovakia 2-2 Bosnia and Herzegovina Venezuela ½-3½ United States Faroe Islands ½-3½ Azerbaijan France 2½-1½ Bulgaria England 3-1 Cuba Ukraine 2½-1½ Israel Armenia 2½-1½ Spain Slovenia 1-3 India Iran 0-4 Germany Romania 1-3 China Full Results Hikaru Nakamura is on a mission. Photo by David Llada. The plot is thickening as the […]

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Top Boards (Open) Qatar 1-3 Ukraine USA 3½-½ Lithuania Azerbaijan 3½-½ Ireland Peru ½-3½ France India 3-1 Turkey 2016 Cuba 3½-½ ICSC Costa Rica 0-4 Poland Greece 1-3 Russia China 3½-½ Italy England 2½-1½ Brazil Full Results Modiakhi had just played 53.Qc8 attacking the rook. Perhaps with time running low, Ivanchuk blundered with 53…Rc6?? and […]

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Top Boards (Open) Dominican Republic ½-3½ Russia Ukraine 4-0 Iraq Bolivia 1-3 Armenia Hungary 3-1 Kyrgyzstan Jordan 0-4 USA China 3½-½ Zambia Luxembourg 0-4 Azerbaijan France 4-0 Zimbabwe Malaysia 2½-1½ Netherlands Andorra ½-3½ England Full Results After a spectacular opening, the wait is over and the fireworks in Istanbul have begun! In the Olympiad, the […]

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The audience got an entertaining display of folkloric dance. Photos by David Llada, Anastasiya Karlovich for FIDE.com.. The 2012 Chess Olympiad has already broken records for attendance with 158 teams registered for the marquee chess event. At the Opening Ceremonies of the 40th Chess Olympiad Games, there was the posting of the Turkish national flag, […]

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Chess Fans & Supporters, The time has come! The premier chess tournament is here! More than 160 federations are expected to trek across the globe to partake in this two-week festival. Many of the top players will be defending their flags and it is expected to be a competitive fight for the team medals. The […]

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The 40th Chess Olympiad will commence August 27th in Istanbul, Turkey. More than 160 nations will travel to the history country in the aftermath of the Olympic Games in London, England. Anticipating the largest Olympiad in history, Turkey last held the Olympiad in 2002 and hopes to be better than the last version in the […]

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GM Hou YifanWomen’s World Champion Since becoming one of the youngest Grandmasters in history (14 years, 6 months), the chess community knew that good things were to come for the diminutive girl from China. GM Hou Yifan, 16, would compete for the Women’s World Championship in 2008 losing to GM Alexandra Kosteniuk in the finals, […]

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2010 Women World Chess ChampionshipRound #5 Pairings # Player ELO Nation Flag Player ELO Nation Flag 1 Ruan 2480 CHN Zhao 2474 CHN 2 Koneru 2600 IND Hou 2591 CHN Preview: As if on cue, China has made a statement on the world stage once again. They will boast three of the last four players […]

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2010 Women World Chess ChampionshipRound #4 Pairings # Player ELO Nation Flag Player ELO Nation Flag 1 Harika 2525 IND Ruan 2480 CHN 2 Zhao 2474 CHN Skripchenko 2460 FRA 3 Koneru 2600 IND Ju 2524 CHN 4 Hou 2591 CHN Lahno 2522 UKR Preview: Looking at the quarterfinals, you have Koneru Humpy and Hou […]

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