Polanica-Zdroj, 1967. Seated (L-R): Furman, Flohr, Euwe, Uhlmann, Hort. Standing (L-R): Arlamowski, S. Witkowski, Graetz, Horbacki, Orbaan, J. Schmidt, J. Adamski, Rogelio Ortega, Kalarow, Filipowicz, Suttles, Liebert, Sliwa, Kuszewski, Kozlowski, Kostro, Turski.
James McCune Smith

James McCune Smith
(scholar, activist,
chess player)

Polanica-Zdroj, 1967. Seated (L-R): Furman, Flohr, Euwe, Uhlmann, Hort. Standing (L-R): Arlamowski, S. Witkowski, Graetz, Horbacki, Orbaan, J. Schmidt, J. Adamski, Rogelio Ortega (Cuba), Kalarow, Filipowicz, Suttles, Liebert, Sliwa, Kuszewski, Kozlowski, Kostro, Turski.

GM Maurice Ashley at 2002 Foxwoods Open. Copyright © 2002, Jerome Bibuld. Theophilus Thompson
The Zambezi Shark... GM-elect Amon Simutowe

GrandMaster Maurice Ashley
(photo by Jerry Bibuld)

Theophilus Thompson
(19th century chess problemist)

GM Amon Simutowe
(Zambia)
GM Pontus Carlsson
IM Watu Kobese in analysis session. NM Raphaelle Delahaye. Photo from Europe-Echecs.com.

Raphaelle Delahaye
(France)

GM Pontus Carlsson
(Sweden)

IM Watu Kobese
(South Africa)
GM Maurice Ashley and IM-elect Stephen Muhammad conversing after having successfully completed the U.S. Chess Championship. Copyright © 2003, Daaim Shabazz.

GM Maurice Ashley and IM-elect Stephen Muhammad
conversing after completion of the 2003 U.S. Championship
(photo by Daaim Shabazz)
Above is K.K. Karanja (seated) playing GM Maya Chiburdanidze in a simultaneous exhibition at the Marshall Chess Club in 1987. At the time, Maya was the Women's World Champion.  Photograph by Nigel Eddis. Baraka Shabazz, Chicago Metro News, 4 December 1982.
Legendary Ray Charles on the cover of September 2002 Chess Life magazine.

Above is K.K. Karanja (seated) playing GM Maya Chiburdanidze in a simultaneous exhibition at the Marshall Chess Club in 1987. At the time, Maya was the Women's World Champion. Photo by Nigel Eddis.

Ray Charles on cover of September 2002 Chess Life.

Baraka Shabazz pictured here in Chicago Metro News dated 4th of December 1982. She was 15.

NM Frank Street on the July 1965 cover of U.S. Chess Life. Copyright © 1965, United States Chess Federation. GM Maurice Ashley on the cover of the May 1999 U.S. Chess Life. Copyright © 1999, United States Chess Federation.
Walter Harris on the cover of the March 1964 U.S. Chess Life. Photo by Ebony magazine.

Frank Street on the July 1965 cover of U.S. Chess Life after winning U.S. Amateur.

Maurice Ashley on the cover of the May 1999 U.S. Chess Life.

Walter Harris on the cover of the March 1964 U.S. Chess Life.

Emory Tate analyzing his first round win over Varuzhan Akobian.
William Alexander Scott III

Emory Tate analyzing his first round win over Varuzhan Akobian in 2006 U.S. Championship.

William Alexander Scott III
(USA)
Justus Williams and Josh Colas are the two youngest Black masters in history making the ranking in just over 12 years.

Justus Williams and Josh Colas are the two youngest Black masters in history making the ranking in just over 12 years.

IM Jomo Pitterson

IM Jomo Pitterson
(Jamaica)

Zambia's Linda Nangwale on the cover of March 2003 Chess Life magazine.
Harold and Bernadette Reddick. Photo by Harold Reddick, Sr. In Browne-Giles, white delivered the knockout blow with 26.Qxf7+! (see game).

Harold & Bernadette Reddick
(USA)
The Mind. Copyright © 1998, Carol Barnes.
Chess Life (August 2005)

In Morris Giles-Walter Browne, white delivered the knockout blow with 25.Nd5-c7+! Qxc7 26.Qxf7+... See game.

NM Mark Meeres (R) playing Nathan Jackson. Copyright © 2001, Jerome Bibuld. Bajan Clash! Warner vs. Corbin

Nathan Jackson peering at Mark Meeres who would win the game. Meeres would pass away as a historic figure in New York chess. Photo by Jerome Bibuld.

Delisle Warner and Philip Corbin
(Barbados)
Stanley Chumfwa (Zambia) Copyright © 2005, Zambian Chess Federation. WFM Deborah Richards. Photos by Daaim Shabazz.

Stanley Chumfwa
(Zambia)
NM Charles Lawton analyzing with FM Morris Giles.

WFM Deborah Richards
(Jamaica)
Willie 'Pop' Johnson vs. FM Ron Simpson (front) & NM Elvin Wilson vs. FM Maurice Ashley. Copyright © 2001, Jerry Bibuld.

NM Charles Lawton analyzing with FM Morris Giles at 1982 Midwest Masters.
The Chess Drum, http://www.thechessdrum.net/

Unity tourney: Willie 'Pop' Johnson vs. FM Ron Simpson (front) & NM Elvin Wilson vs. FM Maurice Ashley. Photo by Jerry Bibuld.

Norman Rogers

FM Norman Rogers at the 2001 World Open.
Moors of Spain playing a casual game of Shatranj. Notice the royal setting. This picture is set in Castile and dated in the year 1283 AD. Ronnie “RJ” Nelson, Jr. (Port of Spain, Trinidad, West Indies) FM Warren Elliott, 3-time National Champion
FM Stephen Muhammad. Copyright © 2003, Jerry Bibuld.

Ronnie "RJ" Nelson, Jr.
(Trinidad & Tobago)
IM Robert Gwaze

FM Warren Elliott
(Jamaica)
IM Amon Simutowe. Copyright © 2001, Daaim Shabazz.

Stephen Muhammad at the 2005 U.S. Championship. Photo by Jerry Bibuld.

IM Robert Gwaze of Zimbabwe. Photo by Jerry Bibuld.

A picture of Leroy Jackson who later took the surname of “Muhammad.

IM Amon Simutowe of Zambia at 2001 World Open. Photo by Daaim Shabazz.

FM Leonard Johnson

FM Leonard Johnson
(USA)

Leroy Muhammad (born Leroy Jackson) was young star in the 60s who later settled in Indiana. Muhammad won the St. Louis city championship four consecutive years from 1966-1969 and the Missouri State Championship three consecutive years from 1966-1968.

NM Alfred Carlin. Copyright ©, The Chess Connection.
Tuduetso Sabure (Botswana) 2005 African Women’s Champion (Photo from Chess South Africa)

WGM Tuduetso Sabure of Botswana, 2005 African Women's Champion. Picture taken at the 2007 Women's Team Chess Championship in Yekaterinburg, Russia.

U.S. Life Master Alfred Carlin
Kayin Barclay Cecil Lee posing with the Trinidadian flag at the 1976 Olympiad in Libya. Photo courtesy of T&T Chess Federation. Attorney Ian Wilkinson

National Master Kayin Barclay
Three-time Illinois Junior Champion

Cecil Lee posing with the Trinidadian flag at the 1976 Olympiad in Libya. Photo courtesy of T&T Chess Federation.

Malawi chess set

Ian Wilkinson
President of
Jamaica Chess Federation
James 'Jimmy' Canty III Walquíria Rocha (Angola)
Wanjiru Gichuru (Kenya). Copyright © 2006, Daaim Shabazz.
Herbert talking to Wheeler who is filing a protest for the Jamaica-Finland match. Copyright © 2006, Daaim Shabazz.
Allan Herbert with 'Number Chess Set.' Copyright © 2006, Daaim Shabazz.

Walquíria Rocha
(Angola)

National Master James 'Jimmy' Canty III
(USA)
Nigerians after match with Armenia (Aikhoje held draw). Copyright © 2006, Daaim Shabazz.
Correspondence IM Chiedu Maduekwe of Nigeria.
GM Maurice Ashley in the March 2005 issue of Black Enterprise magazine.
Russel Porter

Russel Porter
(Jamaica)

IM Chiedu Maduekwe (corr.)
(Nigeria)
IM Odion Aikhoje of Nigeria... winner of gold medal at 1998 Chess Olympiad in Elista Ken Clayton, 1963 U.S. Amateur Champion Charles Covington giving a simul in 70s. Copyright ©, Charles Covington.

Charles Covington
(USA)

IM Odion Aikhoje
(Nigeria)

Kenneth Clayton
1963 U.S. Amateur Champ
Botswana’s WFM Boikhutso Mudongo at the 2006 Olympiad. Photo by Daaim Shabazz. Medina Parrilla blitzes with GM Maurice Ashley while Darrian Robinson (in the pink) looks on with other spectators. Photo by Jennifer Shahade.

Medina Parrilla blitzes with GM Maurice Ashley while Darrian Robinson (in the pink) looks on with other spectators. Photo by Jennifer Shahade.

Botswana's WFM Boikhutso Mudongo at the 2006 Olympiad. Photo by Daaim Shabazz.

Former boxing great Lennox Lewis on the cover of October 2006 CHESS. Jacob Wamala (Lowell, Massachusetts, USA)
Sabrina Chevannes on the cover of British Chess Magazine, October 2004

Jacob Wamala
(USA)
Dr. Kimani Stancil

Former boxing great Lennox Lewis on the cover of October 2006 CHESS.

England's Sabrina Chevannes on the October 2004 cover of CHESS.

Dr. Kimani Stancil
(USA)
NM Colding and GM Ashley defending the 'Black Bear' tradition. Copyright ©, Daaim Shabazz. NM Marvin Dandridge

Steve Colding and GM Ashley defending the 'Black Bear' tradition at Oxford CC blitz tournament. Photo by Daaim Shabazz.

Two students in Otjituuo, Namibia graciously receive their new chess sets from North Carolina, USA.
Glenn Bady analyzing game against Bill Calton.

Two students in Otjituuo, Namibia graciously receive their new chess sets from North Carolina, USA.

Glenn Bady analyzing game against Bill Calton at 2006 World Open. Photo by Daaim Shabazz.

Salome Thomas-EL. Copyright © 2005, John Henderson.

Uganda's Stephen and Moses  Kawuma compete in the 2004 Olympiad in Mallorca, Spain. Photo by Daaim Shabazz.

Maurice Ashley Teaches Chess

Salome Thomas-EL at book signing for "I Choose to Stay."

NM Shane Matthews (right) accepts his first place trophy from JCF President Ian Wilkinson (left) and National Master Geoffrey Byfield (center).

Maurice Ashley's
Chess CD-ROM
Will Smith playing chess.

7-time champion Shane Matthews (right) accepts his first place trophy from JCF President Ian Wilkinson (left) and National Master Geoffrey Byfield (center).

Will Smith
NM Elvin Wilson. Copyright © 2004, Elvin Wilson
Christo Cave of Trinidad and Tobago Angolan Men's Team, 1996 Chess Olympiad, Armenia. Copyright © 1996, Jerome Bibuld.

Angolan Men's Team, 1996 Chess Olympiad, Armenia. Copyright © 1996, Jerome Bibuld.

FM Christo Cave
(Trinidad & Tobago)

NM Elvin Wilson
(USA)
Alexandra agreed to tie the knot after Damon’s marriage proposal in front of nearly 1700 chess players. Championnat

Alexandra agreed to tie the knot after Damon's marriage proposal in front of nearly 1700 chess players. Photo by Daaim Shabazz.

Martinique Scholastics
Would you have seen 17.Rxc6!! in this position?? NM Ignatious Njobvu. Copyright © 2000, Cathy Rogers. IM Kevin Denny

What did Philip Corbin play here? You would not believe it.

IM Kevin Denny
(Barbados)
NM Shearwood MClelland III

Ignatius Njobvu
(Botswana)
Brianna Conley pictured with her mother in Phoenix, Arizona.

Dr. Shearwood McClelland, III
(USA)
David Paulina. Photo from Challenging Heads Chess, http://www.cheadschess.com/.

David Paulina
(Haiti/USA)
FM Grantel Gibbs

Brianna Conley pictured with her mother in Phoenix, Arizona. Photo by Glenn Bady.

FM Grantel Gibbs
(Jamaica)
Uganda's 2002 Olympiad Team: (front row, from left to right) Daniel Nsimbambi (Captain) and Grace Nsubuga (Bd. 1); standing are (left to right) Shadrack Kantinti (Bd. 2), Ignatius Wanderama (Bd. 4), Isaak Munanira (Bd. 5) and Emmanuel Mwaka (Bd. 6), Steven Male Kawuma (Bd. 3). Photo by Jerry Bibuld.

Uganda's 2002 Olympiad Team: (front row, from left to right) Daniel Nsimbambi (Captain) and Grace Nsubuga (Bd. 1); standing are (left to right) Shadrack Kantinti (Bd. 2), Ignatius Wanderama (Bd. 4), Isaak Munanira (Bd. 5) and Emmanuel Mwaka (Bd. 6), Steven Male Kawuma (Bd. 3). Photo by Jerry Bibuld.

Seated from left to right: Kean Alfred Smith, President and Phillip Paul, Vice-President. Standing from left to right: Hiram Victor, Treasurer, Milton Evans - Council Member and Karen Butler - Secretary.

The Bahamas Chess Federation Executive Board for the 2006-2007 year. Keith Alan Smith will replace Thierry LeBoeuf as President and will seek to lead the Bahamas to new heights. Seated from left to right: Kean Alfred Smith, President and Phillip Paul, Vice-President. Standing from left to right: Hiram Victor, Treasurer, Milton Evans - Council Member and Karen Butler - Secretary.

Aurélie Dacalor

Qatar's 2006 Olympiad women's team (Middle East) - (L-R) Salama Al-Khelaifi, Safar Alshaymaa, Aisha Al-Khelaifi. Photo by Daaim Shabazz.

Shane Matthews (Jamaica). Photo by Daaim Shabazz.

Aurélie Dacalor
(France)
First issue of The Chess Drum

Shane Matthews of Jamaica at 2006 Olympiad in Turin, Italy. Photo by Daaim Shabazz.

IM Oladapo Adu at Charlottesville Open

First issue of The Chess Drum

Nigeria's Oladapo Adu at 2006 Charlottesville Open. Photo courtesy of Dapo Adu.

GM Maurice Ashley discusses the development of young talent in the Black community. Shabazz organized the meeting at the end of 2002 World Open. Photo by Daaim Shabazz.

Regina Riberio of Brazil playing board #1 at 2006 Olympiad. Photo by Daaim Shabazz.

Chairman of the Nigeria Chess Federation, Rear Admiral Ayinla (middle) with the former Minister for Sports Air Commodore Anthony Ikazoboh (left) and on the right in black suit is another former Chairman of the Nigeria Chess Federation, Dr. Sylvanus Ebigwe. Sitting is the former female national Champion, Chidi Sylvia and Coach Benibo on the far right with others. Photo from Nigerian Players Forum.

Terrence DePeaza. Copyright ©, Georgia Chess Association.
IM Emory Tate (right) takes on Morocco’s  GM Hichem Hamdouchi at Calvia Chess Festival. Hamdouchi won in 66 moves.
FM William Morrison on the cover of a 1999 edition of Baltimore’s City Paper.

IM Emory Tate (right) takes on Morocco's GM Hichem Hamdouchi at Calvia Chess Festival. Hamdouchi won in 66 moves. Photo from calviafestival.com.

Sinead Furlong, Trinidad and Tobago)

FM William Morrison on the cover of a 1999 edition of Baltimore's City Paper.

Sinead Furlong
(Trinidad and Tobago)
This adorable little girl is the daughter of the Seychelles team captain. (Photo by Samuel Correa)

This adorable little girl is the daughter of the Seychelles team captain… taken in Mallorca, Spain at the 2004 Olympiad. Photo by Samuel Correa.

Barbados delegate Allan Herbert praises Ian’s Wilkinson’s magnanimous effort while players from Jamaica and Barbados look on. Presidents of Uganda and South Africa received complimentary copies in care of Jerry Bibuld. The Chief Arbiter of the Bled Olympiad Geurt Gijssen and FIDE official Boris Kutin were also present at the unveiling and received complimentary copies.

Barbados delegate Allan Herbert praises Ian's Wilkinson's magnanimous effort while players from Jamaica and Barbados look on. Presidents of Uganda and South Africa received complimentary copies in care of Jerry Bibuld. The Chief Arbiter of the Bled Olympiad Geurt Gijssen and FIDE official Boris Kutin were also present at the unveiling and received complimentary copies. Photo by Daaim Shabazz.

Moors in Algeria playing a form of chess in the 19th century. The original caption read, “Algers-Negres jouant aux Echecs. Darrian Robinson will play in the under-13 section. Photo by Michelle Agins.

Moors in Algeria playing a form of chess in the 19th century. The original caption read, "Algers-Negres jouant aux Echecs."

Darrian Robinson preparing for 2006 World Youth Championships. Photo by Michelle Agins.

René Phillips (the big guy) with Philly players. Copyright © 2005, Glenn Bady. Fernwood Jones making presentation to René & son. Copyright © 2005, Glenn Bady.

Hurricane Katrina victim René Phillips (the big guy) with Philly players who held a fundraiser. Photo by Glenn Bady.

Fernwood Jones making presentation to René & son. Philly players collected more than $1000 that night. Photo by Glenn Bady.

NM John Brooks blitzing at the 2003 World Open. Photo by Daaim Shabazz. NM Tony Davis at 2005 HB Global. Photo by Daaim Shabazz.

NM John Brooks blitzing at the 2003 World Open. Photo by Daaim Shabazz.

NM Tony Davis at 2005 HB Global. Photo by Daaim Shabazz.

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The Carver H.S. chess team, 1981 Plotting moves, the Bad Bishops are closely watched by their coach, Jeffrey Chesin (at end of table). Kevin Giles and Michael Allen  play a game of blitz (center).

Pictured above is a picture taken from The Chicago Defender (April 14, 1981). The photo accompanied a story titled, "Checkmate with Soul" about the chess team at Chicago Carver High School, a public school powerhouse of the late-70s to mid-80s. Melvin Alsberry (seated left) was 1st board and a scholastic standout. Eugene Walker (seated right) was 2nd board and one of the state's top sophomores at the time. Photo courtesy of Chicago Defender.

Plotting moves, the "Bad Bishops" are closely watched by their coach, Jeffrey Chesin (at end of table). Kevin Giles and Michael Allen play a game of blitz (center). At this point, Philadelphia Vaux Jr. High School had won five consecutive national titles. Photo courtesy of Ebony (Johnson Publishing Company).

Tewana Mellace showing off his trophies from the 2007 Miami Orange Bowl. Photo by Jamaica Chess Federation. IM Miguel Mosquera (Columbia) Cuba's IM Dionisio Aldama. Photo by Instituto del Deporte del Estado de Yucatán.

Cuba's IM Dionisio Aldama. Photo by Instituto del Deporte del Estado de Yucatán.

Columbia's IM Miguel Mosquera. Photo by Cathy Rogers.

Tewana Mellace showing off his trophies from the 2007 Miami Orange Bowl. Photo by Jamaica Chess Federation.

Kneeling (L-R): FM William Morrison, NM David Allen, Sr., Daaim Shabazz, David Allen, Jr., Sulaiman Smith. Standing (L-R): NM Charles Covington, NM Frank Street, FM Emory Tate, GM Maurice Ashley, Jones Murphy, Jr., FM Kenny Solomon, NM Grace Nsubuga, NM Ernest “Steve” Colding.

2001 World Open: Kneeling (L-R): FM William Morrison, NM David Allen, Sr., Daaim Shabazz, David Allen, Jr., Sulaiman Smith. Standing (L-R): NM Charles Covington, NM Frank Street, FM Emory Tate, GM Maurice Ashley, Jones Murphy, Jr., FM Kenny Solomon, NM Grace Nsubuga, NM Ernest "Steve" Colding. Photo by Frank Johnson.

The Legendary Dupont Circle in Washington, DC. The Mighty Pawns

The Legendary Dupont Circle in Washington, DC.
Orrin Hudson, One Move at a Time. Sabrina Chevannes, of Birmingham, England was 13-years old at the time of this picture and was the 2000 under-13 English champion. He also held the U15 & U16 Girls' titles. She carries a British grade is around 160 (2050 ELO). The above picture was taken at 2001 Birmingham Winter Open and she remains among one of the top female players. Photo by Spectrum Chess.

Sabrina Chevannes, of Birmingham, England was 13-years old at the time of this picture and was the 2000 under-13 English champion. He also held the U15 & U16 Girls' titles. She carries a British grade is around 160 (2050 ELO). The above picture was taken at 2001 Birmingham Winter Open and she remains among one of the top female players. Photo by Spectrum Chess.

Maurice Ashley - Chess for Success: Using an Old Game to Build New Strengths in Children and Teens
Maurice Ashley analyzing R.O. Mitchell's game (with his seated opponent) at the 1989 U.S. Open in Chicago. Kimani Stancil looks on. R.O. Mitchell came from nowhere to win the U.S. Junior Open in 1990. After winning his Master's title, he disappeared from active play. Stancil, also a young star in this picture, earned his Ph.D. in Physics from MIT in 2002. Copyright © 1989, Daaim Shabazz.

Maurice Ashley analyzing R.O. Mitchell's game (with his seated opponent) at the 1989 U.S. Open in Chicago. Kimani Stancil looks on. R.O. Mitchell came from nowhere to win the U.S. Junior Open in 1990. After winning his Master's title, he disappeared from active play. Stancil, also a young star in this picture, earned his Ph.D. in Physics from MIT in 2002. Copyright © 1989, Daaim Shabazz.

Jessica Wamala at the 2006 Polgar Girls' Invitational. Photo by Daaim Shabazz.
Tapiwa Gwaze at the 2006 U.S. Open
NM Malaku Lorne

Jessica Wamala at the 2006 Polgar Girls' Invitational. Photo by Daaim Shabazz.

Ras Malaku Lorne
(Jamaica)

Tapiwa Gwaze
(USA)
Negash Bezaleel (USA)
Magnificence in Bled: The 35th Chess Olympiad

Negash Bezaleel
(USA)
Dr. Okechukwu Iwu (Nigeria/USA) Former Nigerian Women’s Champion Sylvia Chidi plays blitz with Rosemary Amadasun, current Nigerian champion and 1st board of the 2006 Olympiad team. Kunle Elegbede watches. Photo by Kunle Elegbede.

Former Nigerian Women's Champion WFM Sylvia Chidi plays blitz with Rosemary Amadasun, current Nigerian champion and 1st board of the 2006 Olympiad team. Kunle Elegbede watches. Photo courtesy of Kunle Elegbede.

Gilles Suez-Panama receiving his championship trophy at Martinique’s 2002 Pavilla Memorial. Photo by Ligue d’Echecs de la Martinique.

Dr. Okechukwu Iwu
(Nigeria/USA)
The Emory Tate variation.

Gilles Suez-Panama (right) receiving his championship trophy at Martinique's 2002 Pavilla Memorial. Photo by Ligue d'Echecs de la Martinique.

The Emory Tate variation
FM Ron Buckmire</a>
(Barbados/USA). Photo coutresy of Ron Buckmire. Top: Simutowe (L) vs. Schleifer; Bottom: Simpson (L) vs. Rogers.  IM Watu Kobese (far right) stands while waiting on FM William Morrison.  Copyright ©, Daaim Shabazz.

FM Ron Buckmire
(Barbados/USA)

2001 Wilbert Paige Memorial: Top: Simutowe (L) vs. Schleifer; Bottom: Simpson (L) vs. Rogers.  IM Watu Kobese (far right) stands while waiting on FM William Morrison.  Copyright © 2001, Daaim Shabazz.

Jorge Renteria plays Stephen Muhammad in blitz battle.
Eduardo Pascoal. Photo by Daaim Shabazz.

Angola's Eduardo Pascoal
(Photo by Daaim Shabazz)

Jorge Renteria of Columbia plays Stephen Muhammad in blitz battle after the conclusion of the 2005 HB Global. Photo by Daaim Shabazz.

IM Robert Gwaze conducting lecture in Malaysia. National Master Wilbert Paige The late NM Willy Zabasajja, a Ugandan icon. Photo by Cathy Rogers.

The late NM Willy Zabasajja, a Ugandan icon. Photo by Cathy Rogers.

IM Robert Gwaze conducting lecture in Malaysia. Photo by Ching Kim Lye.

The late NM Wilbert Paige was memorialized in 2001. Photo by Jerry Bibuld.

During Peru vs. Uganda, trash-talking was rampant. The Ugandan gentleman with the glasses was hilarious! There were players many countries either playing blitz on surfing on the computers.

After the 2004 Olympiad in Mallorca, Spain, trash-talking during blitz was rampant. The Ugandan gentleman with the glasses was hilarious! There were many players either playing blitz on surfing on the computers. Photo by Daaim Shabazz.

Kassa Korley FM Ryan Harper. Photo by Daaim Shabazz.

In 2008, NM Kassa Korley, broke the age record for youngest U.S. Master of African descent at 15 years 2 months. Korley has citizenship in three countries: U.S., Ghana and Denmark. Photo by Daaim Shabazz.

FM Ryan Harper of Trinidad at 2005 HB Global. Photo by Daaim Shabazz.

Haitians analyzing game. Copyright © 2006, Daaim Shabazz.

Haitians analyzing game at 2006 Olympiad in Turin, Italy. Photo by Daaim Shabazz.

Clockwise: Frank Johnson at one of his many study sessions with Shredder. A blitz session between a determined Issac Hinch (L) and a trash-talkin' Donald Jackson (R) draws an audience of FM Stephen Muhammad and Sulaiman Smith (standing). Smith and Muhammad set battle into motion with a 3-minute match of their own. Did Sulaiman knock over the pieces again??

Atlanta Blitz - Clockwise: Frank Johnson at one of his many study sessions with Shredder. A blitz session between a determined Issac Hinch (L) and a trash-talkin' Donald Jackson (R) draws an audience of FM Stephen Muhammad and Sulaiman Smith (standing). Smith and Muhammad set battle into motion with a 3-minute match of their own. Did Sulaiman knock over the pieces again?? Photo by Frank Johnson.

Chikwere Onyekwere of Nigeria at 2006 U.S. Open. Photo by Daaim Shabazz. IM Michael Schleifer. Photo from Mark Dutton.
NM Dexter Thompson

NM Chikwere Onyekwere
(Nigeria)

NM Dexter Thompson
(USA/Japan)

IM Michael Schleifer
(Canada)
James Taylor working with young players in the DC area during “block party” festivities.

James "Black Knight" Taylor working with young players in the DC area during "block party" festivities. Photo courtesy of James Taylor.

Colette McGruder (left) with prize winner at chess festival.

Colette McGruder (left) with prize winner at chess festival. Photo courtesy of Colette McGruder.

Black Enterprise runs Black Enterprise runs
Dawit Wondimu having just received silver medal at 2000 Olympiad. Michael Davis enroute to his 4-0 victory at the 2004 U.S. Blind Championship in Fort Lauderdale, FL.
NM Greg Acholonu. Photo from chesscenter.com.

Ethiopia's Dawit Wondimu receives silver medal at 2000 Olympiad in Istanbul, Turkey.

Michael Davis enroute to his 4-0 victory at the 2004 U.S. Blind Championship in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

U.S. Senior Master
Greg Acholonu
(Nigeria/USA)
Kay Umeakunne with GM Susan Polgar at the Grand Opening. If you played chess as good as this cake tasted, Kasparov would be REAL nervous!

Kay Umeakunne with GM Susan Polgar at the Grand Opening. She hand-carried a sheet cake on the plane from Atlanta to New York and then took a cab for Polgar's Grand Opening! She also made that cake --->>>

Stephanie Ballom.
Beautiful Tournament Banner Copyright © 2005, Zambian Chess Federation.

2005 African Individual Championships in Lusaka, Zambia. Photo courtesy of Zambia Chess Federation.

Stephanie Ballom
(USA)
NM David Allen. Photo courtesy of David Allen. Angola's Catarino Domingos in Mallorca, Spain for the 36th Olympiad. Adisa Banjoko. Photo from lyricalswords.com.

Adisa "The Bishop" Banjoko runs lyricalswords.com, a website on Hip-Hop, Chess and Social Consciousness.

Catarino Domingos of Angola at 2004 Olympiad in Mallorca, Spain. Photo by Daaim Shabazz.

Dr. David Allen, Sr.
(USA)
Bernard Parham with his signature 2.Qh5 move. Copyright © 2003, Daaim Shabazz Farai Mandizha of Zimbabwe scored a solid result including a draw with GM Nick DeFirmian. Copyright © 2006, Daaim Shabazz

Bernard Parham with his signature 2.Qh5 move. Photo by Daaim Shabazz.

Farai Mandizha of Zimbabwe at the 2006 World Open. Photo by Daaim Shabazz.

Stephanie Ballom Exhibit on the ancient Egyptian game, Senet. Copyright ©, Daaim Shabazz.

Exhibit at U.S. Chess Hall of Fame on the ancient Egyptian game, Senet. Copyright © 2001, Daaim Shabazz.

clockwise (l-r): Boikhutso Mudongo (Botswana), Medina Parrilla (USA), Sabrina Chevannes (England), Brianna Conley (USA), Deborah Richards (Jamaica), Jessica Wamala (USA).

The Bahamian Youth Team at the 1983 World Youth Team Championship, Chicago Illinois. L-R: Juliette Storr, Anthony Moss, Percy Rolle, Antoinette Seymour.

The Bahamian Youth Team at the 1983 World Youth Team Championship, Chicago Illinois. L-R: Juliette Storr, Anthony Moss, Percy Rolle, Antoinette Seymour.

Wilbert Paige Memorial players and commentators. Copyright © 2001, Daaim Shabazz.

Wilbert Paige Memorial players and commentators. Seated (L-R) IM Amon Simutowe, NM Grace Nsubuga, GM Maurice Ashley (commentator),  FM Ronald Simpson, IM Michael Schleifer, FM Stephen Muhammad. Standing (L-R) NM Jerald Times (commentator), NM Ernest ColdingIM Watu Kobese, FM William Morrison, FM Kenny Solomon, NM Norman Rogers, NM Elvin Wilson (commentator).

Dr. Daaim Shabazz, creator of The Chess Drum. Photoby Jennifer Shahade.

Daaim Shabazz, creator of The Chess Drum
(Photo by Jennifer Shahade)


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