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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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Mini-Chess Seminar Following the success of the 40th Year TPLF Anniversary Cup in Ethiopia, the focus now moves to Rwanda where MiniChess master trainer Malusi Lekalakala has just completed another successful series of training sessions. Malusi Lekalakala conducting the “train the trainers” seminar. Malusi was in the country from the 12th – 16th February during […]

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Emmanuel Carter with older sister Kydriana Carter and grandmother. Both players have represented North Carolina in a number of scholastic events. Their brother Lorenzo Carter (not pictured) also plays. Photo by Frank Johnson. North Carolina is quietly becoming a hotbed of young chess talent. With a very active state organization along with a U.S. Chess […]

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Candidate Master Noah Fields Photo from Georgi Orlov Academy. Noah Fields, a 9th grader from Charles Wright Academy in Tacoma, won clear first place at the WA High School Individual Championship. Noah is a long-time student of IM Georgi Orlov, and his rating has now passed 2100 for the very first time. Along the way, […]

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Abdul Shakoor (father) and coach National Master David Allen flank Diamond Shakoor as part of a story in Cleveland’s Call and Post newspaper. Diamond Shakoor has been trodding a path since she was seven years old having learned the moves from her father, Abdul Shakoor. This path has taken her through more than 240 tournaments […]

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For those of you who don’t know where Lesotho is, it is nearly encapsulated in the South African land mass. It has a relatively young chess community and thus there are a few initiatives that have sprouted there. According to the organization’s website, Marisa van der Merwe developed the program, MiniChess because of her passion […]

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Chess has become quite a magnet at schools across the American landscape. Schools at every level have sought to have chess as either a recreational activity or one that is an integral part of their school curriculum. One of the largest tournaments in the U.S. history was the 2013 Supernational held in Nashville, Tennessee in […]

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Senior Master Josh Colas Sixteen-year old Joshua Colas has been playing chess for nearly ten years and has been able to accomplish many titles along the way. According to his personal website, Josh has won six national championships and has been named to the All-American Scholastic Chess Team every year since 2009. He also qualified […]

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If you stop by the B-Café for a bite to eat on Saturdays around three in the afternoon, you will see a trail of young girls making their way to Chess Girls DC, a nonprofit founded by Robin Ramson to get more girls interested in the game. Her daughter Sarah, age 4, has been playing […]

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We were fortunate to have participating in this year’s tournament two outstanding young African American chess masters from the state of New York, James Black Jr and Joshua Colas. Chess Masters Joshua Colas and James Black Jr are from the New York City area. Each achieved chess master status at the age of 12 making […]

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At last year’s Scholastic Open in Cleveland, Tony Dunlap had a vision to make his chess initiative into a national program. Last year, he invited Grandmaster Maurice Ashley who was able to give more legitimacy to such an idea. This year, Alpha Phi Alpha hosted the 3rd Scholastic Open and also invited two more special […]

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