Historic Moments: African Diaspora at Olympiad

I’m compiling a photo montage of photos from the 2008 Chess Olympiad. It will contain images of players of African descent around the world. While covering the Olympiad at home from rounds 1-7, I noticed very few photos showing a diversity of federations. In fact, you would have thought only 10-20 teams were playing since that is where the emphasis was. Nevertheless, rounds 8-11, I was able to get a number of shots to show that chess is indeed universal.

Here is one shot I edited…

Felizado Alice Mateus (Mozambique) and Jomo Pitterson (Jamaica)

FM Felizado Alice Mateus (Mozambique) and Jomo Pitterson (Jamaica)

Tolulope Jeje of Nigeria browsing with her baby boy.

There was a baby seen in a few photos. It was Israel Tolulope, the baby boy of Jeje Tolulope, board #4 for Nigeria women’s team. Israel accompanied his mother to the matches and was seen next to the board… quiet and content. She is seen here browsing for books. Hopefully Israel will be coming to future Olympiads as a player! 🙂

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Daaim Shabazz

Daaim Shabazz is the founder of The Chess Drum, while serving as a tenured faculty member of Global Business & Marketing at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Florida, USA. He holds a B.S. Computer Science from Chicago State University, an MBA in Marketing and a Ph.D. in International Affairs & Development, both from Clark Atlanta University. He has served the journalist community for more than 30 years and still competes in tournaments occasionally.

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