Month: December 2007

  • The Chess Drum’s Highlights of 2007!

    Major Events 2007 World Cup Chess Championship (Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia) (29 November 2007) 2007 World Chess Championship (Mexico City) (15 September 2007) 2007 African Individual Championships (Winhoek, Namibia) (1 September 2007) 2007 U.S. Open (Cherry Hill, New Jersey) (1 August 2007) 9th All-Africa Games (Algiers, Algeria) (17 July 2007) 2007 World Open…

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  • January 2008 FIDE Rating list released!

      Viswanathan Anand and Vladimir Kramnik sit atop the FIDE rating list. Photo by Europe-Echecs. Vladimir Kramnik (2799, +14) has pulled into a virtual tie with World Champion Viswanathan Anand (2799, -2) for the #1 spot. Kramnik’s performance at the World Championship in Mexico, Sparkassen and his victory at the Mikhail…

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  • News from Uganda!

    Steven and Moses Kawuma at the 2004 Chess Olympiad in Mallorca, Spain. Winning a spot on the Olympiad team is a high honor and it provides a player to (1) represent their nation (2) travel internationally and (3) play strong competition. The Chess Drum has covered two Olympiad tournaments and it…

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  • What’s next in Black Chess?

    The year 2007 had some interesting developments both in general and within the African Diaspora. The World Cup brought us the first non-European champion since Robert James Fischer and saw Viswanathan Anand rise to the top of the rating charts. There was the exciting knockout tournament featuring the resurgence of Gata…

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  • Tactics Laboratory #11

    2007 Russian Final (Amonatov-Timofeev) White to move and win!

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  • Anson Williams… King of Freestyle Chess

    Anson Williams enroute to victory at the First Advanced Chess Tournament. Many may not have heard of Anson Williams, but in the world of “advanced” or “freestyle” chess, he is a household name. This form of chess allows each player to bring any amount of chess materials to the game……

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  • Pitterson wins Cameron Open… upsets Ashley!

    GM Maurice Ashley and Jomo Pitterson face off in a fierce last-round battle. Pitterson scored an upset victory and won the 2007 Fred Cameron crown held in Jamaica. Photo by Allan Herbert. GM Maurice Ashley is certainly an icon in Jamaica. His story is well-known and when he was invited…

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  • Khetho wins Botswana Clash!

    Kenneth Boikhutswane, “Khetho is chess champ,” Mmegi.com, 18 December 2007. FIDE Master (FM) Phemelo Khetho played well to win the challenge match-up against Ignatius Njobvu at Yarona Country Lodge over the weekend. The duel between the two players ended with the FM beating his opponent 3-1. While Khetho is the…

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  • Caribbean

    Jamaica’s Ian Wilkinson releases new book!

      Attorney Ian Wilkinson signs a copy of his new book, “Excitement Galore: Chess in all its Glory”, for former Jamaican international footballer, Wolde Harris. Both Harris and Wilkinson are Alumni of Kingston College  (KC).   Well… as I continue to recover from the crash of my hard drive, I bring a…

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  • GM Baba Sy: World Checkers Champion

    I have written a few stories about draughts (checkers) on The Chess Drum. What is amazing is that players of African ancestry have a formidable presence in the game with many Grandmasters in French-speaking Africa. One of the best players ever is Baba Sy (pronounced “see”), a Senegalese master who…

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