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A new woman will be declared World Champion as the knockout tournament dwindles down to two competitors. Both Tan Zhongyi and Anna Muzychuk had trod different paths to reach the final Zhongyi survived an intense tiebreak despite being on the brink of defeat in the Armageddon game. On the other hand, Muzychuk has waltzed through […]

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GM Carlsson conducting simultaneous exhibition at East Park Mall in Lusaka, Zambia. Photo by Yofoso Chess League. Pontus Carlsson is currently in Zambia as part of the Chess Masters in Africa tour. On February 25th, he posted on his Facebook page, Yesterday giving a simul against 25 players at the big East Park mall. 21 […]

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The Paul Allen Foundation in collaboration with the Kasparov Chess Foundation for Africa is currently conducting its “Chess Masters for Africa Tour,” with a number of icon players including GMs Maurice Ashley (USA), Pontus Carlsson (Sweden) and Kenny Solomon (South Africa). The tour will cover six countries and last until June. GM Solomon unloading equipment […]

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Chess enthusiasts and supporters, Throughout the “Black History Month” of February we celebrated the accomplishments of people of African descent, particularly those in the U.S. For 16 years, The Chess Drum has been recording the history of a population segment that is largely unknown or unappreciated in the world of chess. I have written thousands […]

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2017 Women’s World Chess ChampionshipFebruary 10th-March 4th, 2017 (Tehran, Iran)Match Scores (Semifinals) Pairings 1 Tan Zhongyi CHN 5-4 Dronavalli, H IND 2 Muzychuk, A UKR 2-0 Kosteniuk, A RUS Drum Coverage| Round 1 | Round 2 | Round 3 | Round 4 || Semifinals | Finals | Tan ZhongyiPhoto by David Llada The first game […]

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Justus Williams, Webster University Photo by Paul Truong (SPICE) FIDE Master Justus Williams has had an interesting ride in his chess career. Coming from Bronx, New York, he became a National Master at 12, starred in “Brooklyn Castle” in 2013, won the Junior Open back later in the same year along with many state titles. […]

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2017 Women’s World Chess ChampionshipFebruary 10th-March 4th, 2017 (Tehran, Iran)Match Scores (Round #1) Bracket 1 1 Ju Wenjun CHN 2-0 Lane, N AUS 2 Zhu Chen QAT 1½-½ Sukandar, I BLR 3 Hejazipour, M IRI 4-5 Bodnaruk, A RUS 4 Girya, O RUS *-* Foisor, C UKR Bracket 2 5 Martinez, A ARG 1-3 Zhao […]

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Dear friends and supporters, During this Black History Month in the U.S., there are usually many stories about the history of people who have made tremendous contributions to the evolution of history in the country. Many of these figures would be unknown and obscure to most, but may also include figures that extend across the […]

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On February 10th, the Iranian capital of Tehran will begin hosting the 2017 Women’s World Chess Championships months after the “hijabgate” firestorm led by current U.S. women’s champion Nazi Paikidze. Given the heightened political U.S.-Iran tensions after the election of Donald J. Trump, it is unlikely that the two boycotting Americans would have felt comfortable, […]

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The Millionaire Chess organization has released a press release announcing that there would not be a tournament in 2017, but there are possibilities for future events. Maurice Ashley and Amy Lee cited lack of sponsorship as the prime reason and appealed to the chess community for assistance in finding support. Amy Lee working hard to […]

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Hikaru Nakamura receives his winners cheque for £23,000 and trophy from Tradewise Chairman James Humphreys (left) and Tradewise Chess Festival Organiser Brian Callaghan. Hikaru scored 8/10 (+6 =4) and then won a playoff 1½-½ to take first prize. Photo © John Saunders. Hikaru Nakamura has won the Gibraltar Masters for the third time (2015, 2016, […]

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U.S. Chess Line Online ranks its top articles each year and The Chess Drum’s feature on FM Josh Colas made the cut at #8. Colas is a freshman at Webster University and at the time of the article had just earned his first GM norm. The article features the evolution of this humble product of […]

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Wesley So was at a low point a couple of years ago placing last in the 2015 Sinquefield Cup. Now only 16 points behind Magnus Carlsen while bolting ahead of Fabiano Caruana. Caruana is currently playing in Gibraltar where he was upset by Nigel Short in the sixth round. This allowed So to overtake him […]

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Photo from Getty Images Dr. Neil Degrasse Tyson was in a recent ChessBase feature recounting an interview he granted during the World Chess Championship in New York. Sixteen years ago, he was voted, “Sexiest Astrophysicist Alive” and his appeal is also based on his down-to-earth approach to physics. He is the Director of New York’s […]

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Shayne Fairman, “Richards-Porter Happy Earning From Chess,” Jamaican Gleaner (jamaica-gleaner.com), 24 January 2017. WIM Deborah Richards-PorterPhoto by Ian Wilkinson While some Jamaicans may not earn a comfortable living from their professional sporting pursuits, Woman International Chess Master Deborah Richards-Porter says that chess has taken her places and has given her a business from which she […]

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CALISTUS KOLANTSHO, “Maruatona’s chess reign castles to a satisfactory close ,” Mmegi Online (mmegi.bw), 20 January 2017. American actor, Robert Downey Jr. once said, “I think that the power is the principle. The principle of moving forward, as though you have the confidence to move forward, eventually gives you confidence when you look back and […]

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Zanzibar is a beautiful, historic semi-autonomous section of Tanzania famous for its spices. It has a combination of Africa, Indian and Arab influences. One of the traditions that came to the islands many centuries ago was chess, but it has failed to gain a foothold in the region. However, the region has recently held the […]

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Words, Beats & Life, Inc. (WBL) has released another album, but this time it is chess-inspired. The album is called “Crowns” and contain 15 songs by a number of featured artists. Some of the songs are “ROOKie,” “Queens,” “Strata-G’s,” and Asheru’s “Chess Move.” The entire album is up on soundcloud, a music portal for budding […]

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The first major tournament has begun and marks the first classical tournament for Magnus Carlsen since he defended his title. He will be one of the 14 competitors in the 79th edition of the Tata Steel Chess tournament in Wijk aan Zee (Netherlands). Pea soup will not be the only thing served up as the […]

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Chess officials display the equipment to eager onlookers. Somalia has been a member of FIDE since 1987 and has participated in past Chess Olympiads. However, things have been difficult in terms of keeping the momentum going in the Horn of Africa. Fortunately, the Somalia Chess Federation got a boost from the Kasparov Chess Federation with […]

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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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This report was written by Jones Murphy, Jr., organizer of the multi-site tourney. Photo by Daaim Shabazz. The fourth Multi-site Chess Tournament took place Saturday December 3rd, with 3 venues and a 3-hour time zone difference among them. The venues were New York Chess & Games, the California Youth Chess League in Santa Clarita near […]

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IN THE BEGINNING… On March 24, 2016 one of the brightest of Jamaican lights was extinguished when Hope Arthurine Anderson, escorted by Caissa, went to meet her Maker and the chess gods. Many, including members of the Jamaican Chess fraternity, mourned the passing of this outstanding Caribbean woman, a veritable gem of a human being. […]

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The year 2016 was the year of the Olympiad and Baku certainly spared no expense to put on a wonderful event. It was, by many accounts, the best Olympiad ever. The USA won the gold for the first time in 40 years and capped off a cinderella year the likes of Fabiano Caruana, Hikaru Nakamura […]

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Much has been said about racial intolerance in recent years. The contentious election season in the U.S. had everyone discussing the tension between the supporters of Donald J. Trump and Hillary Rodham Clinton. Campaign rallies were filled with commotions between protesters, racial epithets and sometimes fists flying. In Europe there has been a debate about […]

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