Archive for November, 2008

Given that African federations raised the possibility of visa troubles in Germany at the 2004 FIDE General Assembly, the Dresden organizers should have forseen the current debacles. Botswana is the latest of African nations to have visa problems to attend the 2008 Chess Olympiad in Dresden, Germany. The tournament starts tomorrow. The Chess Drum has […]

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38th World Chess Olympiad Dresden, Germany 12 – 25 November 2008 Press Release 1: Sunday November 9th 2008 BARBADOS TEAM DEPARTS FOR DRESDEN The Barbados Contingent for the 38th World Chess Olympiad departed from Grantley Adams Airport today on British Airways for Dresden, Germany. Based on teams registered, Dresden will not only be a reform […]

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World Blitz Championship (November 7th-8th, Almaty, Kazahkstan) Cuban Grandmaster Lenier Domínguez Pérez (right) won the title with a dominating performance of 11.5/15. While not the favorite in a powerful field, it is not surprising that Dominguez had a good result. Cubans are typically fond of blitz and Dominguez showed his strength by conquering a field […]

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National Master Kayin Barclay taking on 30 students at the Detroit City Chess Club. All photos by Daaim Shabazz. Kevin Fite and Sherman Redden, Sr. of the Detroit City Chess Club (DCCC) have invited National Master Kayin Barclay and Dr. Daaim Shabazz of The Chess Drum to the organization’s annual banquet. Last night Barclay gave […]

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BREAKING NEWS!! Ethiopians denied visas for Olympiad! Kebadu Belachew has lobbied for the past four months for funding to send an Ethiopian contingent to the Chess Olympiad in Dresden. Initially, Ethiopia had been barred due to arrears in FIDE dues. After negotiating with FIDE, it was agreed that they would receive accommodations and be allowed […]

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Illinois Senator Barack Obama has been elected the 44th President of the United States of America handily defeating Arizona Senator John McCain. In this historic event, it turns the page in another chapter of Black history. Having only been declared eligible to vote in 1964, this is a historic moment resonating throughout the African Diaspora. […]

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A couple of weeks ago a story broke here about FIDE disqualifying three African federations, Ethiopia, Nigeria and Uganda. Each federation has had tremendous challenges assembling teams, but recent developments has clear the teams for the biennial event to be held in Dresden, Germany. After a conference of FIDE officials they have decided to admit […]

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One of the strongest rapid events is coming to a close today in France and 20-year old Hikaru Nakamura will face Vassily Ivanchuk in the finals. This will be Nakamura’s biggest test of his career after having beat former World Champion Anatoly Karpov in the semi-final match. For the last several years Nakamura has come […]

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