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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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Ray “Dragon” Robinson February 22, 1959 – December 18, 2016 Ray Robinson at the 2006 World Open. Photo by Daaim Shabazz Ray “Dragon” Robinson of Philadelphia was a man of many names, full of passion and excelled in chess, air hockey and pool. In addition to his chess exploits, he competed in air hockey tournaments […]

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FM Harold Wanyama (Uganda)Photo by Kim Bhari In a story out of Uganda, FM Harold Wanyama has retired from competitive chess after a 10-year stint that included appearances on the Olympiad team, national tournament prominence and stellar play in the club leagues. He mentioned as part of his highlights his experience in the Istanbul and […]

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1 Nakamura, H USA ½-½ Aronian, L ARM 2 Vachier-Lagrave, M FRA ½-½ Adams, M ENG 3 Caruana, F USA ½-½ So, W USA 4 Kramnik, V RUS ½-½ Giri, A NED 5 Topalov, V BUL 0-1 Anand, V IND Official Site Round #8: Saturday, 17 December 2016Wesley So clinches Grand Chess Tour! Congratulations to […]

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1 Aronian, L ARM ½-½ Anand, V IND 2 Giri, A NED ½-½ Topalov, V BUL 3 So, W USA ½-½ Kramnik, V RUS 4 Adams, M ENG ½-½ Caruana, F USA 5 Nakamura, H USA 1-0 Vachier-Lagrave, M FRA Official Site Round #7: Friday, 16 December 2016London is hosting an 1.e4 theme tournament with […]

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1 Vachier-Lagrave, M FRA 1-0 Aronian, L ARM 2 Caruana, F USA 1-0 Nakamura, H USA 3 Kramnik, V RUS ½-½ Adams, M ENG 4 Topalov, V BUL 0-1 So, W USA 5 Anand, V IND ½-½ Giri, A NED Official Site Round #6: Thursday, 15 December 2016Blockbuster games… heavyweight battles and trash-taking accent exciting […]

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1 Aronian, L ARM ½-½ Giri, A NED 2 So, W USA ½-½ Anand, V IND 3 Adams, M ENG 1-0 Topalov, V BUL 4 Nakamura, H USA ½-½ Kramnik, V RUS 5 Vachier-Lagrave, M FRA ½-½ Caruana, F USA Official Site Round #5: Tuesday, 13 December 2016Adams gets the “W” … Topalov in free […]

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1 Aronian, L ARM ½-½ So, W USA 2 Adams, M ENG ½-½ Giri, A NED 3 Nakamura, H USA 1-0 Anand, V IND 4 Vachier-Lagrave, M FRA ½-½ Topalov, V BUL 5 Caruana, F USA ½-½ Kramnik, V RUS Official Site Round #3: Sunday, 11 December 2016Hikaru rebounds… continues domination of Anand The only […]

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1 Aronian, L ARM 1-0 Adams, M ENG 2 Nakamura, H USA 0-1 So, W USA 3 Vachier-Lagrave, M FRA ½-½ Giri, A NED 4 Caruana, F USA ½-½ Anand, V IND 5 Kramnik, V RUS 1-0 Topalov, V BUL Official Site Round #1: Friday, 9 December 2016London bridges falling down! Three decisive games in […]

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With a recently-concluded World Championship match coronation of Magnus Carlsen, the other elite players will be pawning off in London, England for the last leg of the Grand Chess Tour beginning today, December 9th. The field will feature staple players in these elite events and mostly likely the next contender to challenge Carlsen in 2018. […]

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The Gateway ArchAll photos by Daaim Shabazz (unless otherwise stated) I have been to St. Louis, Missouri many times. In fact, while I was a child, my parents would drive to East St. Louis, Illinois where their parents grew up. It was on this trip that we rode on Route 66 and saw the “Arch” […]

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TIEBREAKSCarlsen beats Karjakin 9-7 to defend crown! Carlsen hoists champion’s trophy.Photo by chess24 After beating Karjakin in Game #10, Magnus Carlsen said that he was able to “break” Sergey Karjakin. It was a pivotal moment of the match as the champion decided that with new life, he would head for the tiebreaks. “The idea was […]

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Game 12: WTF? With tension in the air at the Fulton Market Building, both Carlsen and Karjakin were preparing for a pivotal game in the match. It was, in effect, a “sudden death” match. Many anticipated an epic battle, but were shocked at the outcome. The game lasted less than an hour. Jonathan Tisdall had […]

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Game 11: Another fighting draw! Carlsen-Karjakin will go the distance. Another Ruy Lopez…. the theoretical theme of the match! This match has had its share of twists and turns and the penultimate round was no different. A Ruy Lopez repeated from Game #2, the game took on a type of classical feel with all the […]

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Game 10: We have a match!!Carlsen gets the equalizer after Karjakin breaks! Anticipation was high before the 10th game of the World Chess Championship. There were many questions being asked before today’s game. What would be the strategy for Magnus Carlsen? What opening would he play? Would he be under pressure to win with white? […]

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Game 9: Carlsen at the brink… holds for another day VG's sport front page today #vgsjakk pic.twitter.com/thoeOW6lhh — Jon Ludvig Hammer (@gmjlh) November 23, 2016 “The King’s Choice: A Chess Drama” In Norway, five million people have been staying up late at night following the championship match featuring their native son Magnus Carlsen and Russian […]

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Game 8: Karjakin shocks Carlsen… goes up +1! The Trump analogies will start flying again if Sergey Karjakin wins the ongoing championship match. Karjakin stormed to victory today in a tense, yet error-filled game. Magnus Carlsen pressed with white in an unbalanced position, had an edge, misjudged the position and later blundered. Karjakin got confident […]

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Game 7: Draw… Fischer’s ghost stirring Today was another short game, but the players granted a longer press conference. Some of the questions asked have been rather off-putting, but today packed room enjoyed a bit of levity and good cheer from the players. Perhaps this is an effort to stay loose for what will be […]

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