Archive for June, 2008

Viswanathan Anand is a chess player par excellence and a befitting World Champion. His humility is in direct contrast with his aggressive style of play, but one thing that Anand understands very clearly is that chess was his calling and not cricket. šŸ™‚ Anand is a pitchman for AMD processors and really does well in […]

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EAGLE Chess Academy will host the Touch of Elegance Chess Tournament on Saturday, July 5, 2008. This royal event will take place at the Upper Marlboro Library, 14730 Main St., Upper Marlboro, MD 20772 from 10:00am-5:00pm. It is a tournament for females only. EAGLE Chess Academy is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, established to promote and teach […]

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GM Pontus Carlsson has told The Chess Drum that he has been named as a member of the Swedish 2008 Olympiad squad. This marks the second time he will represent the country in the world’s marquee team event. The Olympiad tournament will be held in November in Dresden, Germany. Carlsson is relaxing after winning 26th […]

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Get your authentic Chess Drum t-shirt and support a noble cause. šŸ™‚ I will carry to the World Open a limited amount… perhaps about 20-25 black and several whites. Your support will help further chess not only for the benefit of the African Disapora, but for the advancement of chess worldwide. Let me know your […]

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Photos from the 2008 event in downtown Philly. Photos by Daaim Shabazz. The 36th World Open will kick off on June 30th and host nine rounds of chess through July 6th in Philadelphia. Having carved out a niche as America’s premier tournament, the $400,000 tournament draws some of the world’s top players. This year, the […]

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Who is this player? For those who have visited this site, you can no doubt name the player in the photo above. It’s very interesting to surf the net and to see the reactions of players when they see pictures of this player. Of course her unique style is seen in chess circles as a […]

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Here is message sent last week from Elizabeth Vicary who coaches in the Chess-in-Schools program out of New York. Several girls have followed up their strong showing in the National Scholastics with local victories. Angelica Berrios and Jasmine Fermin are pictured below. Photos courtesy of Ms. Vicary. Dear Daaim,

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On the African beat, Kenneth Boikhutswane penned a recent article in his usual excellent style announcing the top four Olympiad team members. It represents nearly a complete turnover of the team from 2006. Only Tebogo Pitlagano have played for the Botswana side. He will be joined by “new blood” Barileng Gaealafshwe, Bojosi Sabure and Moakofi […]

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