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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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Since 2012 I have done a review of each issue of New in Chess, a premier Dutch magazine. When I received my New in Chess (NIC) a month ago, I was pleased to see Hikaru Nakamura as the cover story as well as the Tata Steel coverage. The issue included a Carlsen interview and there […]

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The buildup to the 2014 FIDE election in Tromso, Norway was so tense you could feel it in the air. As representatives from 176 federations filed into the Universitetet i Tromsø (UIT) auditorium there was a buzzing of excitement. However, it was a matter of time before the meeting had to address controversial issues during […]

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Adisa Banjoko of the Hip Hop Chess Federation penned an interesting essay titled, “Illusory Protection: Education & The Prison Industrial Complex”. This piece deals with his own experience as a security guard at John McConnell Elementary School and some of the disturbing trends he saw amongst Black and Latino students. Co-written with Arash Daneshzadeh, the […]

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A major story has broken in the chess world yesterday as Norway Olympiad Committee (NOC) have disqualified the Russian women’s team who are the defending champions. This has caused quite a stir because FIDE is seeking to overturn the decision despite the admission that the Russian Chess Federation (RCF) missed the June 1st deadline for […]

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There has been a wave of campaign activity in Africa which seems to be the region where candidates are focusing a lot of attention. It may be called “The Scramble for Africa“. A few months back there was a sparring match between incumbent Kirsan Ilyumzhinov and challenger Garry Kasparov over who had garnered the support […]

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Garry Kasparov next to the plaque commemorating his visit in Dakar, Senegal. Photo by kasparov2014.com. Former World Champion Garry Kasparov has been busy with his campaign for FIDE President having recently finished an Asian tour and an African tour. The Asian tour occurred during the World Chess Championship in November and the latter covered a […]

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February 14, 2014 | By KNews | Filed Under Sports Guyana’s lone national arbiter Irshad Mohamed was voted in as the new President of the Guyana Chess Federation (GCF) on Sunday last when the local governing body held their elections of office bearers. New President of the Guyana Chess Federation Irshad Mohamed (seated centre) with […]

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Ignatius LeongPhoto by kasparov2014.com. The World Chess Federation or FIDE election season is in full swing as both candidates have had to face accusatory inquiries stemming from past contracts apparently exhibiting a “conflict of interest”. ChessBase.com ran a story titled, “Contractgate” detailing a six-page contract drawn up by Attorney Morton Sand and one that Garry […]

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Dear all, Please find below update on Garry Kasparov and the KCF’S visit to Nigeria. The team will arrive Abuja on the evening of Tursday, 30 January, 2014. They’re expected to meet the board of the NCF on the evening of Thursday 30 January at the Hilton Hotel Abuja. On Friday, 31 January, the combined […]

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Cuba Gooding is one of Hollywood’s finest actors. If you were watching carefully, you may have even seen him in Eddie Murphy’s barbershop in “Coming to America”. Later on, he played a number of memorable roles from Tre Styles in “Boyz in the Hood,” to Chief Carl Brashear in “Men or Honor,” to the more […]

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A few months ago during Garry Kasparov’s tour of Africa, speculation was bubbling that the former world champion would vie for the FIDE Presidency. His tour had all the makings of a campaign as he was received by the chess brass of seven nations. Garry Kasparov, FIDE Presidential CandidatePhoto by chess-news.ru. Former world champion and […]

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Former World Champion and current opposition activist Garry Kasparov announced in an hour-long press conference that he will not return to Russia under the current Vladimir Putin’s administration. This announcement was made in Geneva, Switzerland where Kasparov was receiving a human rights award. Despite being at odds with his government, Kasparov had this to say: […]

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Barack Hussein Obama44th President of the United States After having won his re-election bid and after his subsequent inauguration on January 21, 2013, President Barack Hussein Obama will embark on journey to cement his legacy. He won a very contentious race against Governor Mitt Romney with 51%-47% margin. The second term may also be accented […]

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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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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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Anatoly Karpov was in St. Louis to participation in an exhbition match with GM Yasser Seirawan. The encounter ended with the former World Champion winning the match 8-6 (1-1 classical, 1-1 rapid, 6-4 blitz-Karpov). The blitz match was thrilling to watch. During the press conference Macauley Petersen relayed a question I posted (forward to 12:50). […]

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Magnus Carlsen has written FIDE a letter expressing his intent to exit from the World Championship Cycle. Photo by ChessBase. Magnus Carlsen, one of the top contenders for the World Championship crown, has decided to drop out of the cycle. This is the first time since Garry Kasparov that such a top three player has […]

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Chess community, Today marks the highly-anticipated election for the Presidency of the world body of chess known as FIDE (pronounced fee-day). More than 150 countries (including 56 proxies) will cast their ballots to select the body’s leader for the next four years. During the 2006 Olymipad in Turin, Italy, Bessel Kok lost to the Ilyumzhinov […]

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The Obama Challenge

The life of a politician is one of many twists and turns. It is a high-profile position and one that requires the public servant to be accountable for every single action. Perhaps no public office is under more scrutiny than the Head-of-State. President-Elect Barack Obama will soon find out the highest level of accountability required […]

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Illinois Senator Barack Obama has been elected the 44th President of the United States of America handily defeating Arizona Senator John McCain. In this historic event, it turns the page in another chapter of Black history. Having only been declared eligible to vote in 1964, this is a historic moment resonating throughout the African Diaspora. […]

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Hurricane Gustav battering Dominican Republic enroute to the Gulf Coast. Just got off the phone with New Orleans native Rene Phillips who has fled his beloved city. Phillips experienced the wrath of Hurricane Katrina back in 2005 and recently moved back to New Orleans after temporary stints in Philadelphia and Atlanta. He spoke of the […]

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Alex Makatia and Issac Babu Odiah (both of Kenya) at 2004 Chess Olympiad (Mallorca, Spain). Photo by Daaim Shabazz. As you all know, the country of Kenya is gripped in a tragic crisis. While not going into specific details, the nation is literally being torn asunder. Kenya, one of Africa’s most stable economies, has taken […]

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