Archive for July, 2008

IM Watu Kobese at 2008 South Africa Open Photo by Gauteng North Chess Union. The “African Lion” IM Watu Kobese won the South African Open with a staggering 9.5/11 (+8). At one stage he had eight wins in a row and was only cooled by a draw to IM Thomas Rendle. IM Kenny Solomon came […]

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International Arbiter Kefilwe Miti has sent an announcement of the CACDEC seminar for coaches and trainers. The venue is Gabarone, Botswana and the announcement follows with a link to the documents. CACDEC stands for “Committee for Assistance to Chess Developing Countries.” Their statutes are listed at the FIDE site here. Botswana Chess Federation and the […]

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Interesting set up puzzles this time. They are at various stages and different types of positions (closed and open). This tells us that it is always important to stay alert. The usual suspects (IM Emory Tate and GM Pontus Carlsson) are featured, but Uganda’s NM Grace Nsubuga and South Africa’s IM Watu Kobese made contributions. […]

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The RZA of the Wu Tang Clan has issued a “Rap Challenge” to rappers worldwide to produce a 30-second rap on chess. He also makes a quick pitch for wuchess.com which launched on June 2nd. The Wu Tang Clan has just ended a successful concert tour and will no doubt be playing on the networking […]

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Tactics Laboratory #12

I was looking through my game database and found a casual game I played long ago. The game took place in Chicago’s Hyde Park at an outdoor meeting spot called “Harper Square.” Chess players were later banned. My opponent had just played 27. Ne3-g4. Chicago’s Hyde Park, 1989 (Hyde Park player-Shabazz) Black to move and […]

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Following is a selection of World Open resources. For games, you can go to monroi.com or use the PGN file below. If you have any other sources that may be useful, please post here. Next year’s World Open will return to the Sheraton. Be there! The Chess Drum (Daaim Shabazz) 2008 World Open (Philadelphia, USA) […]

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The Jamaican Nationals are underway and perhaps the most interesting observation is that none of the top players are playing. The field is missing FM Warren Elliott, Shane Matthews, Duane Rowe, Jomo Pitterson and Russel Porter, all past Olympians and national team members. The field has a mixture of players with several junior players looking […]

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Orrin Hudson at the 2008 World Open. Photo by Daaim Shabazz. Besomeone founder Orrin Hudson will appear at the Internet Chess Club’s Chess.FM on July 24th at 9pm. Hudson will be discussing his program on the show and his efforts to teach chess and build the self esteem of underprivileged kids. Hudson has a somewhat […]

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Nigeria’s IM Oladapo Adu is featured on gamecast video analyzing his game with India WGM Aarthie Ramaswamy. The game comes out of a classic battle in the Sicilian where black is able to play instructively on the dark squares. Watch gamecast!

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The Nigerian Chess Federation has announced a series of qualifying tournaments to select the 2008 Olympiad team. After a lengthy transcontinental discussion, officials within the Nigerian Disapora have figured out a way to select the strongest possible team. There will be separate competitions to select eight male players… two from Europe, two from the U.S. […]

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