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The Chess Drum has featured Orrin C. Hudson since 2002, nearly two years after the founding of Besomeone, Inc. In dozens of articles on this site, we have seen him tirelessly dedicate himself to is helping youth to make better decisions through chess. Hudson recently gave an indepth interview for AIB on his path and […]

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The 2018 World Rapid and Blitz Championships ended a couple of weeks ago. World Champion Magnus Carlsen was in the field facing many of the elite players. It is his first event since successfully defending his title against Fabiano Caruana. While he lost his rapid title, he totally dominated the blitz event with a +13 […]

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Tallahassee is a smallish college town of nearly 200,000 and doubles as a capitol of the odd-shaped state. With its “panhandle” the northern part of Florida is not well-known for its tourist attractions and struggle with its identity apart from being the home of the Florida State Seminoles (FSU) and Florida A&M Rattlers (FAMU). Another […]

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Adisa Banjoko is known to The Chess Drum audience as the founder of the Hip-Hop Chess Federation, an educational initiative fusing chess, hip-hop and martial arts. Since starting the HHCF in 2007, he has hosted tournaments, taught in Bay Area schools and spoke at universities from coast-to-coast. worked on remarkable projects including his exhibits at […]

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2018 World Chess ChampionshipHolborn, London, England (November 9th-28th) Tiebreaks   1 2 3 4 pts. Carlsen 1 1 1 – 3 Caruana 0 0 0 – 0 Match Score: 9-6 (6-6, 3-0) Magnus Carlsen, World Champion 2018 World Chess Championship: TIEBREAKS Wednesday, 28 November 2018 Magnus Carlsen retains world title! Chess fans and commentators were […]

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2018 World Chess ChampionshipHolborn, London, England (November 9th-28th) Game 12 Caruana ½-½ Carlsen Match Score: 6-6 Official Site: https://worldchess.com/ 2018 World Chess Championship: Game 12 Monday, 26 November 2018 Carlsen faces scathing criticism after offering draw in better position.The title will be decided via tiebreaks! Carlsen offered a draw in this position. Notice the times […]

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2018 World Chess ChampionshipHolborn, London, England (November 9th-28th) Game 11 Carlsen ½-½ Caruana Match Score: 5½-5½ Official Site: https://worldchess.com/ 2018 World Chess Championship: Game 11 Saturday, 24 November 2018 Match still drawn after 11 games… Will tomorrow bring us a fierce battle or peaceful draw?? Today was a slow day and had the fans and […]

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2018 World Chess ChampionshipHolborn, London, England (November 9th-28th) Game 10 Caruana ½-½ Carlsen Match Score: 5-5 Official Site: https://worldchess.com/ 2018 World Chess Championship: Game 10 Thursday, 22 November 2018 Brutal battle in London… neither side breaks Fabiano Caruana pondering after 21…b5!Photo by World Chess. Everyone weighed in on the fascinating battle at The College in […]

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2018 World Chess ChampionshipHolborn, London, England (November 9th-28th) Game 9 Carlsen ½-½ Caruana Match Score: 4½-4½ Official Site: https://worldchess.com/ 2018 World Chess Championship: Game 9 Wednesday, 21 November 2018 A record 9th draw with three remaining…games, not draws Carlsen was the subject of jokes and puns after tweeting a selfie of his black eye from […]

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2018 World Chess ChampionshipHolborn, London, England (November 9th-28th) Game 8 Caruana ½-½ Carlsen Match Score: 4-4 Official Site: https://worldchess.com/ 2018 World Chess Championship: Game 8 Monday, 19 November 2018 Caruana misses another opportunity… 12 draws? The press room was buzzing after Fabiano Caruana was pondering over his 21st move. Then it happened… After 34 minutes […]

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2018 World Chess ChampionshipHolborn, London, England (November 9th-28th) Game 7 Carlsen ½-½ Caruana Match Score: 3½-3½ Official Site: https://worldchess.com/ 2018 World Chess Championship: Game 7 Sunday, 18 November 2018 Another draw… black is still good! Todays’ battle in Holburn, London certainly didn’t create a “Fire on Board,” but there is still a psychological battle going […]

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Play resumes today after a much-analyzed ending in game 6. The chess world was astounded by the complex ending and its intricacies were featured on multiple websites (See Danny King’s on site analysis). The lesson from that game is that there is such a small margin for error that even in calm positions there may […]

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2018 World Chess ChampionshipHolborn, London, England (November 9th-28th) Game 6 Carlsen ½-½ Caruana Match Score: 3-3 Official Site: https://worldchess.com/ 2018 World Chess Championship: Game 6 Friday, 16 November 2018 Carlsen reeling… Caruana misses mate in 36! No one knows why Fabiano Caruana didn’t see 68…Bh4!! with mate in 36 moves. It may be because he’s […]

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2018 World Chess ChampionshipHolborn, London, England (November 9th-28th) Game 5 Caruana ½-½ Carlsen Match Score: 2½-2½ Official Site: https://worldchess.com/ 2018 World Chess Championship: Game 5 Wednesday, 14 November 2018 Caruana misses with “Wing Gambit” After the second rest day, it was clear that playtime was over. We were going to see some swingin’… that’s exactly […]

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2018 World Chess ChampionshipHolborn, London, England (November 9th-28th) Game 4 Caruana ½-½ Carlsen Match Score: 2-2 Official Site: https://worldchess.com/ 2018 World Chess Championship: Game 4 Tuesday, 13 November 2018 “Screen Gate” dominates match news The main story of the fourth game of the Carlsen-Caruana match was not the 34-move draw, that occurred, but a video […]

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2018 World Chess ChampionshipHolborn, London, England (November 9th-28th) Game 3 Caruana ½-½ Carlsen Match Score: 1½-1½ Official Site: https://worldchess.com/ 2018 World Chess Championship: Game 3 Monday, 12 November 2018 Caruana gets nothing against Sicilian… another draw Weather has been awful in London since the match began, but hopefully there would be some light shone on […]

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2018 World Chess ChampionshipHolborn, London, England (November 9th-28th) Game 2 Carlsen ½-½ Caruana Match Score: 1-1 Official Site: https://worldchess.com/ 2018 World Chess Championship: Game 2 Saturday, 10 November 2018 Carlsen struggles, but holds draw Grinding chess. That may be the new term to describe what’s going on in Holburn. Both Magnus Carlsen and Fabiano Caruana […]

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2018 World Chess ChampionshipHolborn, London, England (November 9th-28th) Game 1 Caruana ½-½ Carlsen Match Score: ½-½ Official Site: https://worldchess.com/ 2018 World Chess Championship: Game 1 Friday, 9 November 2018 Match already intense after 115-move draw The first game of the 2018 World Championship match between defending World Champion Magnus Carlsen and Fabiano Caruana was officially […]

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2018 World Chess ChampionshipHolborn, London, England (November 9th-28th)   1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 pts. Carlsen ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 6 Caruana ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 6 Tiebreaks   1 2 3 […]

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The World Chess Championship will begin tomorrow in Holburn, London featuring World Champion Magnus Carlsen and challenger Fabiano Caruana, the #1 and #2 players in the world, respectively. While Carlsen is the favorite and has been the champion for five years, many pundits have given Caruana a fighting chance to win the crown. Many have […]

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When Orrin Hudson informed The Chess Drum of the passing of James E. Gwyn, Sr., he recounted the mentorship that he received from the New Jersey resident. Gwyn was months shy of his 88th birthday. A U.S.C.F. Life Master, Gwyn had not played in a chess tournament since 2007, but still enjoyed playing and teaching […]

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FUNERAL SERVICES FOR PETER SIMON ROBERTS (January 18, 1952 – August 9, 2018) Funeral Information Unity Funeral Home Harlem, New York, USA 126th Street and 8th Avenue Thursday, September 6, 2018 Viewing: 5pm to 6pm (service afterwards) Recently, it was announced on Facebook Chess Connections that Peter Roberts had passed away. After friends noticed he […]

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Graphics courtesy of Spectrum Studios In a first result of its kind, the 2018 Sinquefield Cup ends in a tie… a three-way tie at that. Fabiano Caruana had led the tournament for several rounds, but was caught at the finish line by Levon Aronian and Magnus Carlsen who both won their games in thrilling fashion. […]

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With the Chess Olympiad and the World Championship coming up this fall, the Sinquefield Cup will round out the summer’s last Grand Tour event before the London Chess Classic in December. The London event will follow the Championship which is also held in London and will feature two of the GCT participants, World Champion Magnus […]

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We have lost another legend, a sage, a walking library, legal scholar and an avowed chess enthusiast. George Neves Leighton has passed away on June 6, 2018 at the age of 105 at Veteran’s Hospital in his home state of Massachusetts. The cause was pneumonia. He practiced law in the state of Illinois until the […]

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