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More than 1,000 players and a few hundred spectators came to the Downtown Marriott in Philadelphia to compete in the 46th World Open. As much as journalists struggle with correctly writing the name of “Illya Nyzhnyk,” they will have plenty of practice after his topping the field at the 2018 World Open. The recent Webster […]

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The 46th edition of the World Open is currently taking place in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania the iconic home of the tournament. While the final count is unknown, the tournament typically draws about 1300 competitors from around the country and world. Philly’s newly-unveiled emancipation exhibit Some interesting new sites around Philadelphia. The Uber driver pointed out the […]

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Duke alumnus Kassa Korley went back to his stomping grounds to take a shot at a GM norm. Since his graduation the the Raleigh-Durham campus a few years ago, Korley has been seeking invitationals, both at home and in Europe. The New York native currently plays under the Danish flag, the home of his paternal […]

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The Chicago Open has become a marquee tournament in its 27-year history and the 2018 edition was about exciting as any of the previous tournaments. The tournament is traditionally held in eight sections with the Open Section drawing the “big guns.” GM Aleksandr ShimanovPhoto courtesy of SPICE (Paul Truong) A field of 128 players (28 […]

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One of the marquee tournaments starts today in Wheeling, Illinois a quiet town just outside of Chicago. The Chicago Open is in its 27th year and once drew the likes of Hikaru Nakamura and top tier players from overseas. These days the tournament is a hot ticket for hungry norm seekers, top scholastic players and […]

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Herminio Baez On yesterday I received the unfortunate news that Herminio Baez, Jr. passed away on Wednesday morning May 2nd. He was 63. The proud chess-playing father left was survived by his loving soul mate of 38 years Daniella Baez, four children including his three sons Antonio, Steven, Chris and daughter Maya. He also had […]

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FM Justus WilliamsPhoto by Daaim Shabazz FM Justus Williams of Webster University has spent the semester abroad in Thailand at the satellite campus. He is finishing his second year and appears to be having a great time thus far. He told me back in February, “Thailand has been great so far. I really like it. […]

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America is on fire once again. Another death of an unarmed man at the hand of police officers has evoked nationwide protests. In that aftermatch of numerous similar incidents, organizations are attempting to affect change to prevent these types of tragedies from recurring. Chicago’s David Heiser of Renaissance Knights Chess Foundation has launched one such […]

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Alfred CarlinPhoto by Ted Lampkin On April 2nd, Selby Anderson of San Antonio, Texas informed the chess community that Alfred “Big Al” Carlin passed away at Presbyterian Hospital on April 1st (Easter Sunday). He had been suffering from the effects of congestive heart failure. Herminio Baez stated that the five-time Louisiana state champion had worked […]

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During this rest day, the 2018 World Candidates tournament is heading toward a very exciting ending. America’s Fabiano Caruana has held sole lead (6/9) for a couple of rounds breaking away from Shahkriyar Mamedyarov (5½/9), also undefeated. Caruana has had a very solid showing thus far and only obstinate defense by Ding Liren (and some […]

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12-year old Tremil AndersonPhoto by LA Chess Club Sometimes serendipity smacks you in the face. Last night while on Facebook I get a Facebook Live alert from Valerie Idehen that Maurice Ashley was playing blitz in Los Angeles’ Starbucks. I tune in and watch him beat several players with 5:1 odds. That’s not the story […]

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Blitz Battle on January 27th!Daniel X Jones vs. GM Alejandro Ramirez The Chicago Chess Club will be hosting their first major event of the year when GM Alejandro Ramirez will be coming to the Windy City for a simultaneous exhibition and a match with Daniel X Jones. Promoter Nathan Kelly asserted that the match is […]

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Prime Minister Erna Solberg and President Donald Trumpdays before his infamous remarks.Photo by CNBC President Donald Trump has had a tumultuous tenure in his year in the Oval Office. Constantly dogged by Tweets, off-color comments, contradictions, he was recently blasted for making disparaging comments about Haitians, Nigerians and Africans in general. He recently said if […]

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Four young men from New York have continued their ambitions in chess at Webster University under the tutelage of Grandmaster Susan Polgar and Paul Truong. Shawn Swindell was the first to enter Webster and he also plays on the basketball team. He was followed by FIDE Masters Joshua Colas and Justus Williams last year who […]

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Baraka Shabazz at Dupont CirclePhoto by Washington Post Recently on Facebook, BJ McCurdy of Los Angeles raised a question on the whereabouts of Baraka Shabazz (unrelated to this writer). For the uninitiated, Baraka was a teenage sensation who experienced a meteoric rise in the late 70s. She was the subject of many articles and enthralled […]

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IM Angelo Young will lead the BlitzersPhoto by Nathan Kelly Chicago Chess Club has been keen on igniting the chess scene with spirited cage matches. However, the club is back at locking horns in a city vs. city battle and there is no matchup more fierce than Chicago-St. Louis. The two cities will square off […]

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Jones-DeJesus has the ring of a championship boxing match. After months of fierce trash talk, taunts, diss videos, Daniel X Jones decided to ditch his “Baby-Faced Assassin” label for the more ominous, omnipotent label of “God.” Immediately causing a lot of controversy, he continued with the theme coming to the match with a shirt emblazoned […]

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Ambassador Dr. Nigel Clarke, Akshat Chandra, Qiyu Zhou, Andrew Holness, the Prime Minister of Jamaica, Akshita Gorti, Awonder Liang, Hon. Olivia “Babsy” Grange, Maurice Ashley. Photo by Peter Myers (Jamaica Chess Federation) The inaugural Jamaican International Chess Festival kicked off on the 13th with a serious schedule of events. The weekend was filled with many […]

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International Master Emory TatePhoto by Daaim Shabazz. Two years ago today on October 17th 2015, Emory Andrew Tate, Jr. passed away after being felled by a heart attack at a chess tournament. The world immediately went into mourning and the stories started to flow about his chess adventures. On March 11th, 2017, a biography detailing […]

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2017 World Chess CupSeptember 2nd-27th, 2017 (Tbilisi, Georgia)SEMI-FINALS Levon Aronian vs. Maxime Vachier-Lagrave Wesley So vs. Ding Liren Drum Coverage| Round 1 | Round 2 | Round 3 | Round 4 | Round 5 || Semifinals | Finals | Photos by Maria Emelianova (chess.com), Anastasia Kharlovich (fide.org), Lennart Ootes. The 2017 World Cup is coming […]

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Brooklyn Master Shawn Martinez had mentioned that he battled with Daniel X Jones years ago. Martinez said that he got the better of Jones, who was rated 1700 at the time. Since then Jones has gotten noticeably stronger and is helping to lead a movement of team blitz chess. Coming off of a win against […]

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Get ready… two legendary cities… two gladiators… one winner! Shawn Martinez vs. Daniel X Jones Video by Johnny Strapp The time has arrived. After months of banter and trashtalk, this evening will mark a hotly-contest blitz battle featuring two marquee cities. Chicago Chess Blitzers, who are sponsored by the Chicago Chess Club, have begun the […]

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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 St. Louis […]

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Video by Johnny Strapp New York and Chicago are two iconic cities and compete for top billing for best museums, best basketball players, best pizza, best entertainment and most storied sports history. In sports, both cities have supreme trash-talking pedigree and have brought home multiple championships. The New York Yankees have won 27 Major League […]

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National Master John BrooksPhoto by Daaim Shabazz Detroit is known as the “Motor City” because of its massive car industry, but it is a city also known for its musical pedigree, notably Motown Records. It is also known as a hard-scrabble city with enough pride to challenge other blue-collar Midwestern cities in neighboring states like […]

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