Archive for July, 2007

Fischer-Taimanov, 1971 Following is a beautiful ending played in Bobby Fischer-Mark Taimanov match in 1971 in Vancouver, Canada. Of course, Fischer crushed Taimanov 6-0 and here he shows his superior technique in the ending.  Sit back and enjoy! [youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eAW16O4fLIQ[/youtube]

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  Comments: The African Top 20 presents an interesting perspective of the continent’s chess masters. The list shows four Grandmasters, there are in fact five. GM Slim Bouaziz (2338) of Tunisia, does not make the top 20 club due to his low fide rating.  Also GM is WGM Tuduetso Sabure of Botswana can be mentioned. […]

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Is Chess a Sport?

Today I read an article by Andrew Goodman in the New Jersey Herald titled, “That’s Absurd: Golf isn’t a Sport.” He goes on stating that golf isn’t a sport because it does not involve a host of athletic activities that are characteristic of football, soccer, baseball, cricket, basketball or even rope skipping. According to him, neither […]

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  Clockwise from top left: IM Emory Tate, IM Amon Simutowe, IM Robert Gwaze IM Watu Kobese, GM-elect Pontus Carlsson, IM Stephen Muhammad After Emory Tate’s near-miss of a GM norm in Curaçao and with Amon Simutowe current challenges to earn his last norm, I thought, “What could be done to help our finest players?” There […]

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  Emory Tate with the look of a predatorPhoto by Ard van Beek IM Emory Tate is in Curaçao battling the likes of U.S. Champion Alexander Shabalov along with four other GMs. The 2007 Curaçao Festival also has frequent Drum news subjects Jomo Pitterson of Jamaica and Barbadian legend FM Philip Corbin. After seven rounds, he is […]

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Ending Laboratory (Rook)

Zambia’s FM Nase Lungu had a stellar tournament at the 9th All-Africa Games. He is a veteran who has represented his country in Olympiad tournaments for almost 20 years. In the position below, Lungu holds five menacing pawns against a lone rook. We are taught that five pawns equals a rook, but in the endings, pawns far outweigh the […]

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     This post is to entertain reflective comments from those who attended the 9th All-Africa Games in Algiers, Algeria. We want to hear about your experiences and observations. Tell us about the atmosphere and perhaps about the conditions there. If you have personal stories or if you know of any stories with humour, intrigue, […]

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The Trinidad Chess Foundation is hosting the CMMB Caribbean Chess Championships on August 8th-11th. Edison Raphael has been publicizing this event and an announcement was made on The Chess Drum last month. I am scheduled to be in attendance and possibly IM Amon Simutowe. While there, I hope to be able to interact with the […]

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A report has been released that a computer scientist from the University of Alberta has solved the game of checkers (8×8 version). The venerable game which has been a source of entertainment for families has now joined the ranks of tic-tac-toe. This is what Professor Jonathan Schaeffer claims on his website dedicated to his checker […]

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  BeSomeone.org!  Orrin Hudson has been beating the “Besomeone” trail for the past several years with a message of positivity and hope for endangered youth. He has been on a number of television news casts championing his message. Besomeone’s motto is “making every move count” under the adage that each person is responsible for their […]

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I just uploaded two videos to YouTube. Both are of very poor quality because I took it on my digital camera and not a digital camcorder. The first video is not very exciting, but here are some details: This was the first round of the three-day schedule in which the players played game/45 for five rounds! […]

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Perhaps it would serve us more as chess players if we paid attention to psychology, statistics and probability more often. We simply play chess. The aforementioned details… no matter how small, matter a great deal… at least at master level. ~IM Amon Simutowe ~ Zambian International Master Amon Simutowe penned an essay about key games […]

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  Kenny Solomon on the move at the 2007 South African Open. Photo courtesy of Chessa.com.  International Master Kenny Solomon is currently in Algiers, Algeria trying to bring home a medal from the 9th All-Africa Games. Prior to the trip, he won the 2007 South African Open for the 4th time and is now challenging friend International Master […]

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Over the years, I have gotten tons of e-mail from chess players all over the world. The Chess Drum has been visited in nearly 200 countries and territories and has peaked at about 200,000 visitors monthly, a lot for a niche site. Most of the traffic outside of its American base is in Europe… Germany […]

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I have found YouTube videos of the Opening Ceremony. Very exciting and colourful. While the quality is poor the general spirit of the atmosphere can be felt. C’est magnifique! PART ONE [youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tgRBAApE-mA[/youtube] PART TWO [youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7WfTO4KBuGg[/youtube] PART THREE [youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1T5sKTYC4bU[/youtube] PART FOUR [youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G4ngcuelejc[/youtube]

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