The 2nd "Annotation Chess Clash"
Trinidad South Africa
FM Ryan Harper FM Kenny Solomon


FM Ryan Harper
2002 Trinidadian Champion

FM Kenny Solomon
2003 South African Champion


It's going to be some blazing action for The Chess Drum' s 2nd
"Annotation Chess Clash as two of the brightest stars from the Caribbean and Africa match wits in the fine art of chess annotation! The idea is modeled from the "Sound Clash" competitions created and popularized in Jamaica where two DJ sound system teams compete at opposite ends of a large outdoor party and play their lyrical sonic creations to see who can win the biggest crowd.

This month we will kick off the "Chess Clash" with two fierce fighters! From the island of Trinidad and Tobago… 1st board at the 2002 Olympiad… the 2002 National Champion, and reigning "Clash King" … he's known as the "Gringo" from T&T…
FM Ryan Harper!  In the other corner, we have one of Africa's fasting rising stars… a three-time Olympian… reigning South African champion… a tenacious fighter known as the "Pelikan Master"… the challenger, FM Kenny Solomon!


Both players have been informed of the rules in advance… the clash will have both players fully annotating
Kramnik-Kamsky, World Championship Qualifier, 1994. Databases and chess reference materials are allowed, but both players will work independently. Players can insert diagrams, symbols and use whatever style they feel that best convey the ideas of the game.

Each player is allowed ONE independent "killer" comment or annotation from a guest player of choice (e.g., local player, an IM, a GM, a World Champion, or even one of the two players, if they can be contacted!). The guest players will only submit the "killer comment" to the participant to add life to the annotations, but they cannot help the player with the other analyses.

After both are submitted after the allotted time, the annotated games will be announced and posted at The Chess Drum and audience will be able to review each set of annotations and vote on the set that captures the essence of the battle. Provide comments if desired. The votes will be tabulated and posted including the comments. The declared winner will be the "Chess Clash" King and will defend the crown against the challenger from a future match. Get ready...

"Proceed to the 'Annotation Chess Clash'!"

Posted by The Chess Drum: 21 August 2003