Month: August 2008

  • New Orleans braces for Gustav

    Hurricane Gustav battering Dominican Republic enroute to the Gulf Coast. Just got off the phone with New Orleans native Rene Phillips who has fled his beloved city. Phillips experienced the wrath of Hurricane Katrina back in 2005 and recently moved back to New Orleans after temporary stints in Philadelphia and…

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  • Kayende shines at Atlantic Open!

    Oliver Kayende became a USCF Master back in April by scoring five points in the DC Chess League. That makes the 3rd African-American Master this year ahead of Kassa Korley and Kayin Barclay. Kayende had long shown he had talent in the DC scholastic circuit placing well in high school…

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  • Harlem Chess Championship

    2008 Harlem Blitz Championship Photos by Derrick Bryant. Harlem, a place of historic prominence in the arts, continues to add to its resume with the 2nd Annual Blitz Championship. The city was host to the historic Wilbert Paige Memorial in 2001 and was immortalized when Maurice Ashley coached Harlem teams…

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  • Nigeria

    Nigeria Olympiad Qualifer on tap!

    In a novel attempt to field the strongest possible team from the Nigerian Diaspora, the Nigerian federation is holding qualifiers on three continents. The North American Zone will be held in Houston, Texas beginning this weekend. Nigerians from around the continental U.S. will be competing. Below is the announcement. THE…

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  • Kassa Korley makes Master!

    Last month Kassa Korley played in the St. John’s Masters tournament in New York. At the World Open he had mentioned a time when he was close to the title of National Master (2185) and then losing a boatload of points. He actually lost rating points in nine consecutive tournaments…

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  • Dionisio Aldama joins US Chess League!

    Cuban-born Dionisio Aldama has joined the “Arizona Scorpions” expansion team in the U.S. Chess League. Aldama moved to the U.S. in 2006 after living in Mexico a number of years. The International Master has been playing in local tournaments and was spotted at the 2007 North American Open in Las…

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  • King and Queen Indians win World Junior!

    David Howell (England) battling Abhijeet Gupta (India) for the title. Arik Braun (Germany) battles Parimarjan Negi (India) on board #2. Gupta would beat Howell to claim the title and Negi would place second after drawing with Braun. Photo courtesy of wjcc2008.tsf.org.tr In perhaps the most exciting World Junior is recent…

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  • E. St. Louis Sr. Chess – 1978

    Craig Preston highlighted in the E. St. Louis Senior Chess Club photo. There is a lot of hidden history in chess. Many stories often go untold because no one sees the importance of documenting obscure events. Recently, I was surfing the web looking for information on NM Howard Daniels and…

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  • Kayin Barclay joins Drum Majors!

    Chicago’s Kayin Barclay has been chasing the U.S. National Master’s title for the past couple of years. During the 13th FIDE Invitational, he had a strong score and eclipsed the magical 2200 barrier. Now at 2205, the 18-year old will enter Morehouse College and will be able to add yet…

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  • Rowe takes Jamaican Independence Open!

    Jamaica’s first Super National Master (SNM) Duane Rowe won the second staging of the Independence Chess Open, which was held at the Rooms on the Beach Hotel in Ocho Rios from August 2 – 3. Rowe took the main event after scoring 5 points from 6 games, while second place…

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