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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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Djibouti at 2018 Chess OlympiadPhoto by Federation Djiboutienne de Jeu d’Echecs Africa continues to expand and add more countries to the community of chess nations. Djibouti, a country of 9.5 million bordering Eritrea, Ethiopia and Somalia, has reemerged from a long hiatus of almost 20 years. The federation registered three players to the 2000 Olympiad […]

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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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The first super tournament will kick off in 2019 with the ever-popular Tata Steel Chess festival featuring some of the world’s top players. World Champion Magnus Carlsen will defend his title against 11 other aspirants including five others in the top 10. Santosh Vidit of India graduated into the Masters group after winning the Challengers […]

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We have not written on Burkina Faso since 2014 shortly after they joined the community of chess-playing nations in FIDE. Comité National Burkinabé des Echecs has been very active since 2014 and held national championships in the past three years with Oumar Briba winning in 2016 and Clément Guissou winning in 2017. Gissou successfully defended […]

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Webster University (2018 Pan-Am Champions) from left to right: FM Justus Williams (Team C), FM Josh Colas (Team C), Shawn Swindell (Team C), GM Peter Prohaszka (Team B), GM Emilio Cordova (Team B), NM Aaron Grabinsky (Team C), GM Susan Polgar (coach), GM Vasif Durarbayli (Team B), GM Yuniesky Quesada (Team A), GM Lazaro Bruzon […]

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Each year we give the highlights, and in the even-numbered years of chess, the Olympiad tournament holds top billing along with the World Championships (determined in tiebreaks after 12 consecutive draws). Defending champion Magnus Carlsen won in tiebreaks over challenger Fabiano Caruana to invoke the question of “Who’s next?” That question will be answered in […]

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Only a month after the World Championship (classical) was decided, the 2018 Rapid & Blitz was held in St. Petersburg to determine the world championship in the two disciplines. Indeed the raging debate on how to determine a classical World Champion to include rapid and blitz tiebreakers has its merits, but of course the main […]

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According to his latest podcast interview at Perpetual Chess, Pontus Carlsson has been busy lately. You may have seen him in a photo with Magnus Carlsen during the World Championship in London, but he has been promoting his “Business meets Chess & Kids” tour for the past year. GM Pontus Carlsson promoting his vision in […]

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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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When I was at the Olympiad in Batumi, Georgia, GM Amon Simutowe was part of many conversations about the future of African chess, particularly Zambia. While the country seeks to raise another GM, the comparisons with the Zambian Grandmaster are unavoidable. He is indeed an iconic figure on the landscape of Pan-African chess and history […]

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In the aftermath of a successful hosting of the World Chess Championship that saw Magnus Carlsen defend his crown, the city of London is getting another gem of an event in the London Chess Classic. Fabiano Caruana is back in action after a valiant fight against Carlsen, losing in tiebreaks. This is the last tournament […]

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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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GM Pontus Carlsson in New Orleans with participantsin “Business Meets Chess & Kids” program GM Pontus Carlsson returned to Perpetual Podcast with FM Ben Johnson to get an update on his recent activities and his ongoing initiative. He was recently in New Orleans “The Big Easy” to visit the hometown (and home) of Paul Morphy […]

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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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In case you didn’t see it, Grandmaster Maurice Ashley made an appearance on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, the South African comedian known for his biting, politically-charged satire. Ashley had tweeted his appearance on the show and showed his excitement. Certainly chess would be at the center of the discussion. Chess has struggled to […]

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2018 Women’s World Chess ChampionshipNovember 8th-28th, 2018 (Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia) FINAL (Ju Wenjun vs. Kateryna Lagno)   Flag 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 pts. Ju 0 ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 1 – – – 4½ Lagno 1 ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ 0 0 – – – 2½ […]

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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 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 Women’s World Chess ChampionshipNovember 8th-28th, 2018 (Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia) FINAL (Ju Wenjun vs. Kateryna Lagno)   Flag 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 pts. Ju 0 ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 1 – – – 4½ Lagno 1 ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ 0 0 – – – 2½ […]

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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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