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This report was written by Jones Murphy, Jr., organizer of the multi-site tourney. Photo by Daaim Shabazz. The fourth Multi-site Chess Tournament took place Saturday December 3rd, with 3 venues and a 3-hour time zone difference among them. The venues were New York Chess & Games, the California Youth Chess League in Santa Clarita near […]

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There is a petition circulating to invite the gold medal winning U.S. Olympiad team to the White House. After the momentous victory in Baku, Azerbaijan, there was little fanfare and barely any recognition of the historic accomplishment apart from chess media. Nationally, there was hardly any media coverage, no airport reception, no celebration and certainly […]

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The Gateway ArchAll photos by Daaim Shabazz (unless otherwise stated) I have been to St. Louis, Missouri many times. In fact, while I was a child, my parents would drive to East St. Louis, Illinois where their parents grew up. It was on this trip that we rode on Route 66 and saw the “Arch” […]

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TIEBREAKSCarlsen beats Karjakin 9-7 to defend crown! Carlsen hoists champion’s trophy.Photo by chess24 After beating Karjakin in Game #10, Magnus Carlsen said that he was able to “break” Sergey Karjakin. It was a pivotal moment of the match as the champion decided that with new life, he would head for the tiebreaks. “The idea was […]

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Game 12: WTF? With tension in the air at the Fulton Market Building, both Carlsen and Karjakin were preparing for a pivotal game in the match. It was, in effect, a “sudden death” match. Many anticipated an epic battle, but were shocked at the outcome. The game lasted less than an hour. Jonathan Tisdall had […]

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Game 11: Another fighting draw! Carlsen-Karjakin will go the distance. Another Ruy Lopez…. the theoretical theme of the match! This match has had its share of twists and turns and the penultimate round was no different. A Ruy Lopez repeated from Game #2, the game took on a type of classical feel with all the […]

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Game 10: We have a match!!Carlsen gets the equalizer after Karjakin breaks! Anticipation was high before the 10th game of the World Chess Championship. There were many questions being asked before today’s game. What would be the strategy for Magnus Carlsen? What opening would he play? Would he be under pressure to win with white? […]

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Game 8: Karjakin shocks Carlsen… goes up +1! The Trump analogies will start flying again if Sergey Karjakin wins the ongoing championship match. Karjakin stormed to victory today in a tense, yet error-filled game. Magnus Carlsen pressed with white in an unbalanced position, had an edge, misjudged the position and later blundered. Karjakin got confident […]

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Game 7: Draw… Fischer’s ghost stirring Today was another short game, but the players granted a longer press conference. Some of the questions asked have been rather off-putting, but today packed room enjoyed a bit of levity and good cheer from the players. Perhaps this is an effort to stay loose for what will be […]

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Game 6: Calm draw before pending storm While outsiders may look at the score of the ongoing championship match, they would say that it seems to lack action because no one is scoring wins. If one could, for one moment, think of this match like a 12-round boxing bout where each boxer is judged on […]

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Game 5: Another draw, but momentum to Karjakin! Is Carlsen becoming unraveled? Photo by Peter Doggers (chess.com) Magnus Carlsen started a social media trend #Trumpowsky with his first round 1.d4 Bg5 2.Bg5. When asked if the opening had to do with the election victory of Donald Trump, he said, “A little bit.” Well… the next […]

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Game 4: Karjakin: Minister of Defense! Superlatives were bandied about to describe Sergey Karjakin’s defensive prowess after holding Magnus Carlsen in a 94-move bout. Peter Doggers of chess.com quipped that Vladimir Putin should hire him as “Minister of Defense” after which Karjakin said (with a wry smile) he’d be honored. Certainly Karjakin was glad to […]

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Game 3: Battle Royale! Video by World Chess (Facebook). After two rather humdrum affairs in Carlsen-Karjakin match, the third round of the World Championship match had about as many twists and turns as … you guessed it … a roller coaster. While the cliche was a bit overused in social media, it was certain an […]

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WCC signposts outside of Fulton Market.Photo by Albert Silver The match continued today with a regularity that only chess players would recognized. The initial pre-tournament excitement has worn off only to be replaced by the excitement of the twists and turns of the match. What would it be today? Sergey Karjakin was playing white, but […]

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Game One of the World Chess Championship got underway in New York at the Fulton Market Building in the South Street Seaport in Manhattan. The atmosphere was vibrant and drinks were flowing in the VIP section, but many of the fans complained about the ticket prices ($75 for general admission) and the viewing conditions for […]

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In the lead up to the 2016 World Chess Championship there are any predictions being made. Both chess.com and ChessBase pundits give almost no chance to challenger Sergey Karjakin against Magnus Carlsen. This wasn’t enough for former FIDE World Champion Ruslan Ponomariov to say, I think Carlsen is the stronger player and a clear favorite […]

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2016 World Chess ChampionshipManhattan, New York, USA (November 11th-30th)   1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 pts. Carlsen ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ 1 ½ ½ 6 Karjakin ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 0 ½ ½ 6 Official Site: https://worldchess.com/nyc2016/ Tiebreaks […]

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Right in the midst of a contentious Presidential election, the American populace has been fixated on the candidacy of Donald J. Trump and Hillary Rodham Clinton. It has been such a bitter election, that most other news stories have taken a back seat. This week in New York, the World Chess Championship will begin in […]

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FM William Morrison has traveled a long rode. From the streets of Brooklyn through the “Black Bear” legend to the battle grounds of War Memorial Plaza in Maryland, the player known as the “Exterminator” has made a mark with his powerful play. Yet he has also inspired with his mannerable and humble persona. At the […]

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GM Maurice Ashley on the red carpet.Photo by David Llada The last few weeks have been a bit melancholy for Millionaire Chess fans. In an interview with The Chess Drum, GM Maurice Ashley reflected on the tournament, the challenges and the triumphs. The tournament encouraged a vigorous debate and introduced a number of innovations that […]

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There is a heavyweight blitz battle taking place in a couple of hours at chess.com between World Champion Magnus Carlsen and blitz phenom Hikaru Nakamura. Yes… it’s a big deal. This serves as a warm-up match before Carlsen’s title defense against Sergey Karjakin and the champion could not have asked for a better tune-up. This […]

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Orrin Hudson attended the premiers for “Queen of Katwe” in Chicago and Hollywood and told The Chess Drum that he felt the movie company was onto something. He was able to have a one-on-one with Lupita Nyong’o during a workshop in Los Angeles, California. Disney brought Hudson on to conduct the class with Nyong’o and […]

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GM Maurice Ashley GM Maurice Ashley was inducted into the U.S. Chess Hall of Fame back in April and thus a culmination to the decades of service rendered to the worldwide chess community. Known to the world primarily as a commentator, Ashley had dabbled in the organization realm by successfully hosting the HB Global in […]

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Drum Interviews @ Millionaire Chess Open #3 One of the most gratifying assignments in covering chess events are the interviews of various personalities. The Millionaire Chess Open attracts players from around the world and the diversity was apparent in all sections. In the under-2200, there were a number of interesting personalities and one of them […]

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Maurice Ashley presents winner’s check (US$30,000) to GM Dariusz Swiercz.Photo by Daaim Shabazz With the Isle of Man is full swing and American Olympians such as Fabiano Caruana, Hikaru Nakamura and Wesley So playing, Sam Shankland and a number of junior stars were left to defend home turf. It was an unfortunate conflict of schedule […]

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