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Detroit and Chicago have a close relationship with both being home to hard-working migrants from the south in search of hope and opportunity. The Midwest was the destination for many Blacks due to the abundance of factory jobs in the steel mills, foundry, and stock yards. The determination to find good paying jobs required a […]

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Club Capablanca will be one of the venues featured in the documentary. Photo by Daaim Shabazz. In January, Karney Hatch contacted The Chess Drum about a documentary he was filming on chess in Cuba. He had read the blog posts on the Drum here and here from the 2012 visit. The filmmaker mentioned that he […]

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There is a positive initiative taking place in a city famous for its “Bulldogs” than anything else. However, University of Georgia (UGA) graduate Lemuel LeRoche has begun a new trend in Athens, Georgia with a youth empowerment program centered around chess. Laroche had the revelation after playing a game with an elderly Russian Jew in […]

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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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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 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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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 4: Karjakin: Minister of Defense! Superlatives were bandied about to describe Sergey Karjakin’s defensive prowess after holding Magnus Carlsen in a 94-move bout. Peter Doggers of chess.com quipped that Vladimir Putin should hire him as “Minister of Defense” after which Karjakin said (with a wry smile) he’d be honored. Certainly Karjakin was glad to […]

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There is a heavyweight blitz battle taking place in a couple of hours at chess.com between World Champion Magnus Carlsen and blitz phenom Hikaru Nakamura. Yes… it’s a big deal. This serves as a warm-up match before Carlsen’s title defense against Sergey Karjakin and the champion could not have asked for a better tune-up. This […]

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2016 Chess Olympiad: Round #5Tuesday, 6 September 2016 Open Section Ukraine 2½-1½ Russia India 2½-1½ Cuba USA 2-2 Czech Republic Romania 1-3 Azerbaijan 1 China 3-1 Italy Full Results Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee… Ukraine is knocking out top heavyweights… beating China, Yuriy takes down Yu Yangyi! Yu Yangyi suffered China’s first […]

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2016 Chess Olympiad: Round #1Friday, 2 September 2016 Open Section Nigeria 0-4 Russia USA 4-0 Andorra Kosovo 0-4 China Azerbaijan 4-0 Zimbabwe Ukraine 4-0 Jordan Full Results Favorites dominate, but Sudan draws Bulgaria… FM Tagelsir crushes GM Nikolic in a mating attack! First round matches in the Olympiad are usually character-building experiences for lower-rated teams […]

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Maurice Ashley has been a fixture in American chess for three decades. Born in 1966 in St. Andrew, Jamaica, Ashley’s story is well known to the chess public. However, he has become a household name in how he has represented chess in these years. What makes Ashley unique is his excellence in several aspects of […]

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The Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis have produced their first segment titled, “Today in Chess” which is hosted by GMs Yasser Seirawan, Maurice Ashley, Alejandro Ramirez and Canadian GM Eric Hansen. The segment primarily focused on the ongoing Candidate’s tournament currently taking place in Moscow, Russia. There was in depth coverage and […]

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The World Chess Candidates eight-player tournament has includes six of the world’s top ten players. Former World Champions Viswanathan Anand and Veselin Topalov will face a coterie of young talent for a right to challenge Magnus Carlsen for the chess crown. There have been a number of predictions posted on various sites which favor Fabiano […]

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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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On March 1st, the announcement will be made on MC3 format and registration process. The prize structure has been changed dramatically and the lower price point will perhaps attract larger numbers. The location will be Atlantic City and is in closer proximity to the mass of chess players in the Midwest, Southeast and along the […]

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If you go to a park in most large cities, there is usually someone with a table trying to hustle chess. These players come out each day and try not to look too conspicuous. They try to look disheveled so that a passer-by will not be intimidated. Then the hustler will lighten their pocket out […]

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The young 16-year old Nigerian girl has enjoyed modest success but what she was able to share was worth more than the glory from her growing collection of medals. The articulate young girl was looking very smart in her school uninform as she confidently answwered qustions about her chess life and about why chess is […]

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Phiona Mutesi at the Women in the World Conference. (Wikipedia) A very interesting interview with Phiona Mutesi has been produced by NTV Uganda. This fascinating 41-minute video is serving as the precursor to the upcoming movie based on the biopic “Queen of Katwe“. The movie will star Academy award-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o. The host of […]

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Emory Andrew Tate Jr. (December 27, 1958 – October 17, 2015) The Internet has ignited with the news of IM Emory Tate’s confirmed passing. A tactician par excellence, Tate was participating in the Sam Shankland Open tournament in California when he fell ill and collapsed. After receiving first aid, he was taken to a local […]

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After the inaugural Millionaire Chess Open (MCO) was met with a rousing organizational success, many of the skeptics were silenced and supporters encouraged. However, there was always the question of whether this tournament would become a fixture on the American chess landscape. Amy Lee There is a wave of excitement building as 600 players have […]

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2015 World Chess CupSeptember 10th-October 4th, 2015 (Baku, Azerbaijan)Match Scores (Round #5) 1 Svidler, P RUS 3½-2½ Wei Yi CHN 2 Vachier-Lagrave, M FRA ½-1½ Giri, A NED 3 Mamedyarov, S AZE 2-4 Karjakin, S RUS 4 Eljanov, P UKR 1½-½ Nakamura, H USA Drum Coverage| Round 1 | Round 2 | Round 3 | […]

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2015 World Chess CupSeptember 10th-October 4th, 2015 (Baku, Azerbaijan)Match Scores (Round #4) 1 Topalov, V BUL ½-1½ Svidler, P RUS 2 Wei Yi CHN 3½-2½ Ding Liren CHN 3 So, W USA ½-1½ Vachier-Lagrave, M FRA 4 Wojaszek, R POL 1-3 Giri, A NED 5 Caruana, F USA ½-1½ Mamedyarov, S AZE 6 Karjakin, S […]

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