Month: July 2001

  • Reflections on the Wilbert Paige Memorial

    The 2nd Harlem Renaissance!!All photos Daaim Shabazz (The Chess Drum) On the 13 July 2001, 10 players of African descent traveled to historic Harlem to help fulfill a dream for many. The Wilbert Paige Memorial tournament, which had been conceived months earlier by Dr. Jones Murphy Jr. and put together…

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  • Drum Majors

    Wilbert Paige Memorial: Round #9

    Wilbert Paige Memorial(14-23rd of July 2001, Harlem NY, Hotel Theresa) Round #9 Tuesday, 23 July 2001) Pre-game analysis: The heat is on for two players in the penultimate round of the Wilbert Paige Memorial tournament! Both FM William “The Exterminator” Morrison and NM Norman “Pete” Rogers will have to come…

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  • Africa

    Wilbert Paige Memorial: Round #8

    Wilbert Paige Memorial(14-23rd of July 2001, Harlem NY, Hotel Theresa) Round #8 (Monday, 22 July 2001) Exchanging and getting autographs… classic moment!Bob Ali getting autograph from Amon Simutowe Wilbert Paige Memorial players and commentators. Seated (L-R) IM Amon Simutowe, NM Grace Nsubuga, GM Maurice Ashley (commentator), FM Ronald Simpson, IM…

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  • Wilbert Paige Memorial: Round #7

    Wilbert Paige Memorial(14-23rd of July 2001, Harlem NY, Hotel Theresa) Round #7 (Sunday, 21 July 2001) IM Oladapo Adu of Nigeria visiting the tournament from Maryland and chatting with IM Amon Simutowe Pre-game analysis: Play resumes after the rest day taken on the 20th. Solomon needs a win to keep…

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  • Wilbert Paige Memorial: Round #6

    Wilbert Paige Memorial(14-23rd of July 2001, Harlem NY, Hotel Theresa) Round #6 (Thursday, 19 July 2001) Pre-game analysis: Rogers came off of an exciting draw and will attempt to keep his norm hopes alive against the winless Colding. Colding had chances against Morrison, but little else has gone his way…

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  • Wilbert Paige Memorial: Round #5

    Wilbert Paige Memorial(14-23rd of July 2001, Harlem NY, Hotel Theresa) Round #5 (Wednesday, 18 July 2001) Pre-game analysis: Interesting matchups. Ernest “Steve” Colding, the proprietor of a new chess club in Brooklyn has been shut out of the win column, but don’t write him out of this matchup. Kobese of…

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  • Wilbert Paige Memorial: Round #4

    Wilbert Paige Memorial(14-23rd of July 2001, Harlem NY, Hotel Theresa) Round #4 (Tuesday, 17 July 2001) Pre-game analysis: Colding will get his second “Black Bear” in a row. These two native New Yorkers have been playing chess together since their youth, but the friendship will end at the board. Both…

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  • Drum Majors

    Wilbert Paige Memorial: Round #3

    Wilbert Paige Memorial (14-23rd of July 2001, Harlem NY, Hotel Theresa)Round #3 (Monday, 16 July 2001) Pre-game analysis: Simpson-Colding features an old “Black Bear” matchup which should produce some fireworks. Both players are tactical and know each other style’s very well. Look for an exciting battle. Kobese-Simutowe features the “old”…

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  • The Chess Drum

    Wilbert Paige Memorial: Round #2

    Wilbert Paige Memorial(14-23rd of July 2001, Harlem NY, Hotel Theresa) Round #2 (Sunday, 15 July 2001) Pre-game analysis: Look for Colding to rebound from a tough loss to Muhammad. In that game, Steve wasn’t allowed to play the type of tactical game he enjoys, but must be careful not to…

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  • Wilbert Paige Memorial: Round #1

    Wilbert Paige Memorial(14-23rd of July 2001, Harlem NY, Hotel Theresa) Round #1 (Saturday, 14 July 2001) Pre-game analysis: In Colding-Muhammad, Colding’s tactical skills will be hard-pressed to penetrate Muhammad’s preparation and farsightedness. Schleifer-Simutowe has the making of a explosive battle. . . both with a preference for double-edged positions. Rogers-Simpson…

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