Archive for February, 2008

Nigerian IM Odion Aikhoje has launched a very interesting blog which features everything from chess to recipes! He also has a nice collection of photos at several major events including the All Africa Games and the Olympiad. Aikhoje told me that he is in London, England studying in a Sports Management MSC program. He then […]

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(clockwise L-R) IM Emory Tate, GM-elect Amon Simutowe, GM Pontus Carlsson, GM-elect Amon Simutowe, IM Emory Tate, GM Pontus Carlsson The Málaga Open kicked off in Spain and three players certain to add excitement to the event are IM Emory Tate (USA), GM Pontus Carlsson (Sweden) and GM-elect Amon Simutowe (Zambia). The three will join […]

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Back in 2001 there were rumours circulating that Bobby Fischer was playing games at the Internet Chess Club. GM Nigel Short was one of the first to make the claim that an extremely strong player used several anonymous accounts to play top players. Short had apparently heard it from a player in Greece (where he […]

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For Immediate Release: PR Contact: Meko Gaborski, (323) 335-4497 gaborski@shinkenpublicrelations.com Hip-Hop Chess Federation Teams with Top Rappersto Celebrate Black History Month HHCF Brings San Quinn & Balance to Speak to Youth About Overcoming Life’s Challenges February 25, 2008 San Jose, CA – Hip-Hop Chess Federation (HHCF) founder Adisa Banjoko will team up with rappers San […]

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Agony of Defeat!

Following the 2008 Linares tournament, I watched the Ivanchuk-Aronian video with a bit of pity. Ivanchuk is one of the world’s top players and needs no pity, but when one blunders in a chess game, it is a crushing blow and you can’t help but to empathize. I remember reading somewhere that “one bad move […]

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Drum Classics #4

Who are those “Drum Majors” with Maurice Ashley?(Hint: All have FIDE titles.)

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GM Maurice Ashley, first African American to earn an International Grandmaster Chess title, visited Barbados during February 2008. On 19th February, 2008 at 7 PM he delivered an inspiring oration at LV Harcourt Lewis Training Centre, Barbados Public Workers’ Co-operative Credit Union Ltd., Belmont Road, St. Michael. ** Be Inspired! The Road to the “Grandmastership”! […]

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Ignacio Pérez at 2008 Washington State Championship.Photo by Hanniegn Pitre. Ignacio “Nacho” Pérez went into the 2008 Washington State Championship as the defending champion. Last year, the Cuban native dominated the field and scored an impressive 7-2. This year the field was strengthened by the addition of GM Gregori Serper (2576 USCF) who met Pérez […]

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The title is not some catchy phrase, but it does describe the names of three top tournaments in progress in Mexico, Moscow and France. Lots of heated chess action! Viswanathan Anand enroute to defeating Magnus Carlsen Moreilia, Mexico (Linares SuperGM XXV) Linares SuperGM XXV (Morelia, Mexico & Linares, Spain) The top venue would be Morelia, […]

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IM Emory Tate told me an e-mail that he is scheduled to play in Spain. What is interesting is that GM Pontus Carlsson will be playing at the same tournament in Spain soon. I got this comment from Tate: “You know this guy? lol. This will be the first tournament we play together, unless he […]

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Kasparov in Newsweek

Former World Champion Garry Kasparov (pictured left) is in the latest issue of Newsweek magazine talking about the political environment in Russia. Currently, he is leading an opposition movement to unseat President Vladimir Putin. Kasparov has been an outspoken critic of the Putin government and states that Russia has deteriorated into a police state. He […]

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John Evans (pictured right) was a member of the Panamanian national team back in the 60s and later settled in New York. He visited the Wilbert Paige Memorial in 2001 and added to the importance of the event. Here is a game he played against none other than Robert James Fischer. The game was part […]

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Exhibit at U.S. Chess Hall of Fame on the ancient Egyptian game, Senet. Copyright © 2001, Daaim Shabazz. Dr. Joseph Bailey, II has recently penned an article titled, “Chess Originated in Africa.” We have all heard this before, but let us be specific! For example, Bailey states in his essay, But Western literature admits that […]

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Gregory Kearse may be know for two previous articles to Chess Life readers… a July 1998 article on Black Masters and an April 2007 article on Daaim Shabazz. His latest article appears in the latest U.S. Chess Life magazine titled, “Black Chess in America.” In reading the article, I’m not certain on the specific focus, […]

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Is U.S. Chess Bankrupt??

I found this story from the New York Times columnist Dylan McClain. This was a report released by Bill Goichberg, the U.S.C.F. President. He is best known for running the World Open, America’s largest and most lucrative international tournament. The report is not rosy. There are mentions of short falls in revenue particularly in terms […]

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