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Chess players, fans and friends! The 43rd Chess Olympiad will open tomorrow with the opening ceremonies. There has been a lot of fanfare about the entertainment for the opening. Approximately 180 countries will be traveling to Batumi, Georgia to take part in the competition and the proceedings. There are some very intriguing developments with the […]

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In a few days, the 43rd Chess Olympiad will open in the seaside city of Batumi in the Republic of Georgia. It is projected that approximately 180 nations with convene at the biennial event which will feature battles for team and individual medals as well as the election for FIDE President. The festivities will run […]

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Things are heating up as we move closer to the FIDE election to be held October 3rd in Batumi, Georgia. This campaign has been about as hotly-contested as we’ve had in the past 20 years. There have been many invectives tossed particularly against Georgios Makropoulos, the current Deputy President. In fact, FIDE candidates Arkady Dvorkovich […]

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As a newswriter for most of my adult life, I have always appreciated the craft of composition and the artistry behind “wordsmithing.” Literary works present one’s inner-thinking and create a world through the eyes of the writer. In my earlier years, I devoured Chess Life and later improved my game by subscribing to Massachusetts Chess […]

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When Orrin Hudson informed The Chess Drum of the passing of James E. Gwyn, Sr., he recounted the mentorship that he received from the New Jersey resident. Gwyn was months shy of his 88th birthday. A U.S.C.F. Life Master, Gwyn had not played in a chess tournament since 2007, but still enjoyed playing and teaching […]

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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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Frederick Douglass Frederick Douglass will be memorialized September 21st-23rd in Key West, Florida with the inaugural Frederick Douglass Chess Tournament. Douglass was a well-known abolitionist, human rights advocate of the 19th century and one of the greatest figures in Black History. He became one of the greatest orators of his day, a lobbyist for equal […]

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FM Jorge Oquendo FM Jorge Oquendo came into the 2018 Florida State Championship as the defending champion. The Cuban national lives in the Jacksonville and enjoyed “home-court advantage.” It would come into play in a field headed by GM Benjamin Finegold who drive in from Atlanta, Georgia. There were 131 players who trekked to North […]

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FUNERAL SERVICES FOR PETER SIMON ROBERTS (January 18, 1952 – August 9, 2018) Funeral Information Unity Funeral Home Harlem, New York, USA 126th Street and 8th Avenue Thursday, September 6, 2018 Viewing: 5pm to 6pm (service afterwards) Recently, it was announced on Facebook Chess Connections that Peter Roberts had passed away. After friends noticed he […]

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 28, 2018 Contact: Zachary Ramsay, M.R. Games Telephone 2948820 Email: zjaramsay@gmail.com New Speed Chess Tournament an Exciting Success Chess Masters Shreyas Smith and Malaku Lorne dominated the M.R. Games Chess Open that took place on August 25-26 at the University of the West Indies. The tournament was the first event for […]

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Graphics courtesy of Spectrum Studios In a first result of its kind, the 2018 Sinquefield Cup ends in a tie… a three-way tie at that. Fabiano Caruana had led the tournament for several rounds, but was caught at the finish line by Levon Aronian and Magnus Carlsen who both won their games in thrilling fashion. […]

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In the last month until the Chess Olympiad begins in Batumi, Georgia, three candidates will be jockeying to lead the Africa Chess Confederation (ACC). Lewis Ncube of Zambia is the incumbent President facing stiff competition by credible opponents Dr. Essoh Essis of the Ivory Coast and Tshepo Sitale of Botswana. All three faced off in […]

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Tshepo SitalePhoto by Botswana Chess Federation Tshepo Sitale of Botswana has traveled the continent touting his platform to lead African Chess Confederation (ACC) for next four years. He announced his candidacy earlier in the year and participated in the ACC debate last month. His two competitors incumbent Lewis Ncube and Dr. Essoh Essis. All have […]

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With the Chess Olympiad and the World Championship coming up this fall, the Sinquefield Cup will round out the summer’s last Grand Tour event before the London Chess Classic in December. The London event will follow the Championship which is also held in London and will feature two of the GCT participants, World Champion Magnus […]

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2018 CIV Invitational (Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire) While Ivory Coast is known more for draughts, chess is beginning to make a bold presence. Under the leadership of Dr. Essoh J.M.C. Essis, the Fédération Ivoirienne des Echecs (FIDEC) and the Kasparov Chess Foundation (KCF) hosted the strongest closed tournament of its kind in Africa. There have been […]

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We have lost another legend, a sage, a walking library, legal scholar and an avowed chess enthusiast. George Neves Leighton has passed away on June 6, 2018 at the age of 105 at Veteran’s Hospital in his home state of Massachusetts. The cause was pneumonia. He practiced law in the state of Illinois until the […]

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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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Adisa Banjoko has been making moves amidst the showing of the mind-blowing hip hop exhibit at the Oakland Museum. More on that later. On July 29th, Banjoko was on panel discussion titled, “Protect Your Queen” which focused on hip hop, martial arts and the symbolism of protecting the Black woman (Queen). Banjoko dropped some pearls […]

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As the election campaign for FIDE positions heats up, candidates are taking to social media to get their platforms to the chess community. There are three candidates for FIDE President and each of the regions will have their election for continental President. Many of these candidates will not wait until the FIDE and regional Congresses […]

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In the latest twist on the FIDE campaign, the organization’s Treasurer Dr. Adrian Siegel addressed a July 18th inquiry by Andrey Filatov (Russian Chess Federation) concerning federation debts. Citing a FIDE letter, Filatov wrote Executive Director Nigel Freeman concerning federation debts and their relationship to voting rights. Filatov asserted that federations must cover their financial […]

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The Chess Olympiad is less than two months away and it will be a very exciting event as usual. However, what will make the event more compelling is the FIDE Presidential elections. There are three candidates remaining after Kirsan Ilyumzhinov bowed out of the race after being adamant on his quest for reelection. FIDE Deputy […]

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Last week Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin (R) made an appearance at Nativity Academy, a predominately-Black middle school in Louisville. He was in an upbeat mood before he entered the building, but made a comment that created a firestorm. He posted the following video to his Twitter account: Enjoyed meeting the members of the West Louisville […]

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The World Open is a marquee tournament drawing over 1000 players each year. Many things have changed over the past 20 years. Of course, the venue has changed and the Adams Mark Hotel has been long gone. The iconic 23-story building was demolished in 2006 and the property now hosts a Target department store. Kishan […]

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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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