Archive for August, 2007

Here is an excerpt from a press release from the Namibian Chess Federation website: The African Individual Chess Championships 2007 will be held in Windhoek at the Safari Court Hotel, Kuiseb 1 & 4 rooms this coming weekend. The event starts with an opening ceremony and a cocktail function afterwards. The field includes 3 Grandmasters, 17 International […]

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Tactics Laboratory #4

Black to play and mate in three!

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Tactics Laboratory #3

 White to play and mate in three!

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A match between Baltimore and Philadelphia took place at Malik Rogers’ place. The match was supposed to include New York, but they were not able to secure ten players. Actually there were nine players per side. FM William “the Exterminator” Morrison reports that Philadelphia won the match 10½-7½ avenging last year’s loss.  FM Norman Rogers (Philly) […]

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“Jamaican lawyer sits on world match controversy,” Trinidad Guardian, 22 August 2007. Ian Wilkinson, QCFIDE Ethics CommissionPhoto courtesy of Ian Wilkinson ATTORNEY-AT-LAW Ian Wilkinson, president of the Jamaica Chess Federation, is now in Athens, Greece, fulfilling a landmark assignment as a member of the Ethics Commission of the world chess body FIDE. Wilkinson, who is […]

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Ending Laboratory (Rook)

Since we have seen a couple of nice rook endings in Euwe tournament, let’s see if you can solve this well-known ending. Study by Troitsky. Black to play and win!

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     I just ran a story about Lionel Davis and his ‘ultramodernist theory.’ Read it and make out of it what you want, but he is promoting a form of chess that breaks the mold. In reference to black moving first, here is what he has to say… We now move to challenge this […]

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Tony Kimbrough watches Lionel Davis play 1.e5! with black in the 1st ‘ultra’ game. Photo courtesy of Lionel Davis. For years, Buffalo’s Lionel Davis has touted his “ultramodern” theory and claims that it has a precedent with the play of Bobby Fischer. Chess players around the world understand the contributions that Fischer has made to […]

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Disclaimer: The Chess Drum takes no position of guilt or innocence against Severine Wamala. Last September, a disturbing story broke about the arrest of Severine Wamala on counts of incest and rape while serving as a math teacher at Lowell High School. Three young women have confessed that Wamala had repeated sexually assaulted them. It […]

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When I was a rising junior player, I remember reading Nikolai Krogius’ “Psychology in Chess.” Marvin Dandridge showed me the book after it was given to him as a gift. I treated that book as a reference source of how I should conduct myself at the board. In this book, it discusses attention, board demeanor, […]

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Tactics Laboratory #2

Kradman – Bernstein Tel Aviv 1967 White to play and win!

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Namibia has released a statement concerning the 2007 African Championships. The first six players of this event will qualify for the World Cup that will be hosted in Khanty Mansiysk, Russia, later this year. The total prize money of $250 000 is sponsored by FIDE (Fédération Internationale Des Échecs) and another N$80,000 has been added […]

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IM Amon Simtuowe. Photo © Fred Lucas www.fredlucas.eu. Round 1: IM Puchen Wang, New Zealand – Simutowe, 0-1 Round 2: GM Nona Gaprindashvili, Georgia – Simutowe – 0-1 Round 3: Simutowe – Vincent Rothuis, the Netherlands, 1-0 Round 4: IM Willy Hendriks, the Netherlands – Simutowe, 0-1 Round 5: Simutowe – GM Oscar Panno, Argentina, ½-½ Round 6: GM Fridrik […]

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    On a recent eight-hour drive from Miami to Tallahassee, I listened to “The Google Story” by David Vise (on audiobook). It is an interesting story on the rise of the world’s most visible and most popular search engine. I use Google almost exclusively for all my search needs and news alerts in chess. However, there […]

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Tactics Laboratory #1

It is a common adage that tactical mastery is important in improving one’s chess. In critical moments, ending a game in brilliant fashion as opposed to trudging out another 50 moves is both satisfying and asthetically pleasing. Every week, we will feature amazing examples of tactical displays here… for your enjoyment and education! The position […]

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