Month: December 2008

  • Korley at U.S. Chess School!

    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.…

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  • The Chess Drum’s Highlights of 2008!

    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…

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  • Opinion/Editorials

    Men’s Superiority in Chess Explained?

    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…

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  • Opinion/Editorials

    Prison Chess: Solving Life’s Problems

    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…

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  • Opinion/Editorials

    Do Chess GMs need Higher Education?

    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…

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  • Angelo Armistead making good moves!

    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…

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  • Thomas-EL featured in “The Principal”

    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…

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  • Ethiopian Chess thanks Donors!

    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…

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  • New York dominates K-12 Nationals!

    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…

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  • Visions from the Hip-Hop Chess Federation

    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…

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