Archive for December, 2008

Kassa Korley IM Greg Shahade told The Chess Drum that National Master Kassa Korley is part of the training by the “U.S. Chess School,” an initiative to help the nation’s juniors refine their skills. The camp is taking place in Scottsdale, Arizona and it will last from January 1st-5th. U.S. Champion Yury Shulman will conduct […]

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As we close the curtain on the year 2008, there were some interesting such as the Beijing Olympics, the global financial crisis and the U.S. Presidential campaign of Barack Obama and John McCain. In terms of chess developments, there was the World Championship (Anand vs. Kramnik), the Olympiad in Dresden and the usual controversies surrounding […]

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There is an article in the Scientific American titled, “Men’s Superiority in Chess Explained.” While the title of this post bears a question mark, the article’s title did not. The article claims to explain the rationale of why men dominate chess. They basically say that since there are more men playing then they have a […]

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EARL HAMMUDTrenton New Jersey Maximum Security Prison.Photo by Oliver Fluck. Five years ago, I penned an essay titled, “Prison Chess: The Game Called Life.” Chess is a game that holds a lot of intrigue among prisoners. There are reports that have found that chess helps prisoner behavior and also reduces recidivism rates. However, it is […]

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This was an interesting question that was posed to each participant in the FIDE Grand Prix tournament which just ended yesterday. The question was “Is higher education necessary for professional chess-players?” The answers from the Chess Grandmasters (GMs) ranged from ambivalence to advocacy. Some of the answers seem to be addressing separate questions. Many players […]

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Angelo Armistead Principal, Humphrey Middle School Angelo Armistead was recently featured in a Chicago-area newspaper concerning his promotion of chess in a school where he is the principal. Armistead is a Chicago southside native who attended South Shore High School and then Chicago State University. He earned a Master’s at Governor’s State University and then […]

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Salome Thomas-EL’s story is well-known. His ground-breaking book “I Choose to Stay” is one of inspiration and hope. Having made a decision to stay in the rough inner-city schools of Philadelphia, Thomas-EL has been traveling the country and telling his story. Now a Principal at Russell Byers Charter School, he will not have to travel […]

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Ethiopia had a very difficult time getting to Dresden for the 2008 Chess Olympiad. Having to navigate through the challenges of the visa process, they were able to travel and make a good showing. Of particular note was Desalegn Fekadu’s draw with a GM Alexander Baburin of Ireland. Kebadu Belachew (right) thanks ChessBase for this […]

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Rochelle Ballantyne Photo by Elizabeth Vicary. New York has been the “Mecca” of U.S. chess for decades. Famous as the childhood home of Bobby Fischer and for its famed chess clubs and parks, the tradition continues in scholastic chess. Hikaru Nakamura found fame in the scholastic arena not long ago and they may have a […]

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Here is another joint from the Hip-Hop Chess Federation featuring rapper Sabac Red. The HHCF has been reaching out to the youth and incarcerated males since its inception. This video is a compilation of artistic images and some of the activties organized by HHCF. Adisa Banjoko is planning the next King’s Invitational for February 2009. […]

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Approximately one month ago, teams trekked across the globe to attend the premier team event in chess… the biennial Chess Olympiad. Many federations make plans to attend well in advance and the nationalistic fervor heightens as the date approaches. However, the Dresden Olympiad had a number of rule changes. Some were mentioned in GM Bartlomiej […]

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GM Maurice Ashley playing in Jamaica in 2007. Maurice Ashley has taken a lengthy break from professional chess since 2003 and is slowly working his way back into playing shape. The Brooklyn-based Grandmaster told The Chess Drum last month that he was back! Since then he has played in three rapid tournaments at the prestigious […]

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Joshua Colas may not be a household name to the chess world now, but all indications seem to say that one day he will be one of the brightest stars in U.S. chess. Already touting a 1922 rating at age 10, he is rated #3 in his age group. Josh just competed in the K-12 […]

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Eddie Lamptey-Thompson just posted a message on the ghanachess group about the Ghanaian chess calendar. Ghana has rejuvenated their chess community and played in their first Olympiad in over 20 years when they competed in Dresden last month. They will use this momentum to launch a strong campaign to popularize chess throughout the nation. Let’s […]

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The Jamaican Chess Federation will kick on their 2008 FREDERICK CAMERON CHESS OPEN (formerly the XMAS Open) on December 20-21st. Registration extends through December 17th after which there will be assessed an additional fee. Details of the event are given below! For questions contact Peter Myers at chessclarendon@yahoo.com.

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