Archive for December, 2008

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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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 […]

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More crackers to snack on! This month’s Olympiad edition brings fireworks. Botswana’s national champion Phemelo Khetho made quite an impression with his win over an IM from Indonesia, Sadikin Irwanto. He plays a slow and stodgy KIA, but builds up a lethal attack with a number of killer moves! Very difficult problem. FM Phemelo Khetho […]

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Pearl Spring Super-GM Tournament (December 10th-22nd, Nanjing, China) China will host its first super-tournament and strongest ever held on the continent with the Pearl Spring in Nanjing, China. The field will feature world’s top-ranked Veselin Topalov (Bulgaria), Vassily Ivanchuk (Ukraine), Levon Aronian (Armenia), Sergei Movsesian (Slovakia), Peter Svidler (Russia), and Bu Xiangzhi (China). Main Site […]

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Rwanda, only fielding three players, also had visa problems and were not permitted to stay until the end of the Olympiad. It’s ironic that they mentioned the success of Uganda, a team fielding two players due to visa problems. Several other African nations reported visa problems. Other affected African nations were Angola, Botswana, Ethiopia, Ghana, […]

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Hip-Hop Chess on point!

Hip- Hop Chess Federation’s Adisa Banjoko was featured on Bay area CBS affiliate speaking about his involvement with John O’Connell High School. Joe Vazquez reports. Banjoko has been organizing events around the themes of “life strategies” which encourages the youth to think about the decisions they are making in life. Chess is the dominant metaphor […]

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