Archive for the 'Scholastic' Category

According to a report on Philly.com, Stephen Schutt has been accused of sexual improprieties with his players while a coach at Douglass Elementary School during his tenure in the 1970s. Schutt was a legendary coach whose team was the subject of a movie titled, “The Mighty Pawns” featuring Paul Winfield and Alfonso Ribeiro. He also […]

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When we hear of “child prodigy” in chess, we imagine Paul Morphy, Samuel Reshevsky, Bobby Fischer, Judit Polgar or current World Champion Magnus Carlsen. In reality, there are very few that come along. As many chess players as have graced the 64 squares, each person started at the beginning… learning that the knight moved in […]

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Orrin Hudson, Founder of Besomeone Orrin Hudson is still making moves encouraging the youth to “be some” with his organization of the same name. Recently he held a back-to-school chess camp with the idea of preparing students for the coming year. Consider this a “warm up of the mind” for our children. Over these five […]

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Paperback: $35.00TO ORDER NOW… CLICK HERE! FM Sunil Weeramantry’s reputation precedes him. The famed scholastic coach has gained his notoriety by his writings and coaching a generation of chess players including his stepson, Grandmaster Hikaru Nakamura. Years ago he authored the popular Best Lessons of A Chess Coach which has become a staple for chess […]

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GM Pontus Carlsson has introduced his webinar series titled, “GM Secrets Revealed.” With more than 20 years of experience as a player and coach, he is marketing his talents to the world market. The webinars are 60 minutes and consists of the GM teaching an actual theme for 45-50 minutes plus 10-15 minutes where the […]

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GM Pontus Carlsson facing off against Kennedy Shane in Lusaka, Zambia. During Pontus Carlsson’s trip to Zambia, he excitedly told me about an 8- year old player who had held a draw against him in a simul. He said, “The small boy that drew me in the simul is a coming star with the right […]

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Robin Samson has been running the DC Girls Chess Club for several years and has brought the joys of chess to girls and young women. On April 15th, she hosted the 2017 DC Girls Citywide Tournament with a 1st prize of $1,000. Amanda Loseff of the Alice Deal School won the prize and will represent […]

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IM Rodwell Makotoaddresses students in Nairobi, Kenya IM Rodwell Makoto is the latest Master to participate in the African Tour sponsored by the Paul Allen Foundation and organized by the Kasparov Chess Foundation and MiniChess Kenya. He follows GM Kenny Solomon who visited Kenya in February. GM Pontus Carlsson and IM Daniel Jere also conducted […]

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There is a positive initiative taking place in a city famous for its “Bulldogs” than anything else. However, University of Georgia (UGA) graduate Lemuel LeRoche has begun a new trend in Athens, Georgia with a youth empowerment program centered around chess. Laroche had the revelation after playing a game with an elderly Russian Jew in […]

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Kevin Fite is preparing his chess players for Supernationals that is only months away. Fite coaches at University Preparatory Science and Math Middle School, but has had a hand in the development of most of the area players through the Detroit City Chess Club. He has also hosted a number of guests to provide inspiration […]

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Paul Allen, co-founder of Microsoft The Kasparov Chess Foundation Africa is delighted to be able to announce that we will be collaborating with the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation to facilitate a series of chess master training tours across the African continent during the first six months of the 2017 calendar year. The program will […]

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DeKalb County Police partner with Motivational speaker and chess champion, Orrin Hudson to host Free Youth Summer Initiative Will use game of chess to teach critical reasoning skills to break cycle of youth crime and violence Orrin Hudson and his organization, Be Someone, have partnered with the DeKalb County Police East Precinct to host a […]

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Detroit has been beset by a long list of issues stemming from the scandal-ridden politics, the financial crisis of 2008, the recent Flint water crisis and lately the “sickout” strike of 94 of 97 Detroit’s school teachers. Certainly, everyone is sick of these egregious violations of public safety and the endangerment of our youth. Many […]

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The case of Leon Wilson ended in a hung jury on February 29th. In Delaware County were the trial took place, there was neither relief or joy after the jury remained deadlocked. Wilson is facing 20 years on three counts of gross sexual imposition involving two of his students, ages four and seven. The trial […]

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Chicago is a city that is struggling with many things. Apart from all of the controversy surrounding the Chicago Police Department, the state is gripped in a financial budget crisis affecting many programs and institutions. Chicago State University, which is threatened with closure, had students who shut down expressways and traveled to Springfield, Illinois to […]

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(Editor’s note: This article was originally written as an exclusive for U.S. Chess Online and was posted on February 1st.) FM Josh Colas at 2015 Chicago Open.Photo by Daaim Shabazz. In the chess world, we often believe we know a talented young player when we see one. How many times in America have we heard […]

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Detroit is known for many things… cars, music, sports and increasingly chess. On the weekend of August 21st, Hikaru Nakamura visited the Detroit City Chess Club (DCCC) and was welcomed by the community at-large. Kevin Fite who organized the visit hosted the four-time U.S. Champion and world’s #2 player, his fiance Maria DeRosa and FM […]

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SMITH RETAINS JUNIOR CHESS CROWN – 19/07/15 Calabar sixth-former National Master Shreyas Smith captured the 2015 National Junior Chess Championship on Sunday, when he defeated his main rival Horace Sinclair in a four game playoff match at the head office of the Jamaica Olympic Association. Smith was the defending champion having won his first junior […]

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IM Watu Kobese with “Masidlale Uthimba”. Photo by Mariska Morris. Chess has now been written in yet another language… the language of Xhosa. Author IM Watu Kobese has made chess available in this language again showing the game’s universality. It will aid in reaching the rural areas of South Africa. The first time I heard […]

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DC SUMMER QUICK SERIES I A US Chess Federation (USCF) Rated Chess Tournament Friday June 19, 2015 New Community Church 614 ‘S’ Street NW Washington, D.C. 20001 ALL PARTICIPANTS MUST BE MEMBERS OF THE USCF! USCF membership can be purchased online at: https://secure2.uschess.org/webstore/member.php 4SS, G/15. (4 rounds Swiss System; each player has 15 minutes for […]

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Frank Johnson will host a summer chess camp beginning this weekend in Atlanta, Georgia. Children ages 5 to 9 are welcome to start off their summer vacation by attending this fun-filled event! There will be chess instruction, games, food and outdoor activities. Children at all experience levels are encouraged. For more information contact Coach Frank […]

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GM Pontus Carlsson has embarked on a project of social responsibility by helping to organise “Näringslivet tillsammans med Förorten”. This initiative is an effort to create more inclusion of people of ethnic minorities in Sweden through chess. Chess benefits millions because of its widespread appeal to all regardless of social background. GM Pontus Carlsson giving […]

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A scholastic tournament in the memory of FM Ron Simpson is being held on tomorrow. Simpson was raised in Brooklyn where he became a fixture in the New York scene and the “Black Bear School of Chess” with many of the key figures in the Black chess community. Bob Ali has organized this event in […]

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F. Leon Wilson at 2014 U.S. Open in Orlando.Photo by Daaim Shabazz. Approximately one week ago, the Columbus Dispatch a story broke about F. Leon Wilson, highly-regarded coach and founder of both The Chess Learning Center and the KnightMare Chess Club. Sources in Columbus, Ohio report that Wilson was arrested on charges of inappropriate contact […]

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Orrin Hudson of Besomeone Incorporated is holding a seminar designed to empower the attendees in his trademark motivational style. On a goal to teach a million students, Hudson’s story is well-known and for the past 14 years he has been encouraging youth to steer away from violence and make better decisions. He has traveled the […]

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