Archive for January, 2009

Hip Hop Chess Federation is getting set for their second Kings Invitational to be hel at John McConnell High School on February 28th. The event will feature hip-hop artists along with martial artist and chess enthusiasts. The HHCF has established a program with the high school and is making good on its committment to provide […]

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Diamond shines bright!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Mary K. Meagher, OCCH January 25, 2009 614-224-8446 CPO Second Grade Student Places First in National Title Chess Championship Diamond Abdus-Shakoor Columbus-Ohio—In a sport that rarely sees young African American females excel, one local young girl is making a name for herself. Diamond Abdus-Shakoor, a second grade student at Deshler Elementary […]

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The 2009 edition of Corus is underway as three high-powered sections have assembled in Wijk aan Zee, the Netherlands. Group “A” is headlined by world’s #3 Vassily Ivanchuk of the Ukraine. China’s Wang Yue and Cuba’s Lenier Dominguez are two newer faces in the elite. Dominguez is making his first appearance in Corus “A”. Corus, […]

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Severine Wamala was convicted of several counts of rape in a highly-charged case last year that rocked Lowell, Massachusetts. The case pitted students at Lowell High School against Severine Wamala, a former mathematics teacher and respected chess organizer. Wamala had three children who were standout chess players… the two oldest were ranked near the top […]

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February is “Black History Month” and while the celebration typically focuses on the same figures such as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Harriet Tubman and Jesse Owens, there are some forgotten heroes in our history. While there are many figures in sport who have made contributions, chess has often be overlooked in the Black community […]

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2008 African Junior Championship Chess Association of South Africa pulled out all stops to make the 2008 African Junior Championships a memorable festival. Looking at the large collection of photos, it would appear that they succeeded in making the event memorable. One thing that did not change is the dominance of South African girls and […]

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In a throwback game, then-FM Emory Tate took on the rising star in IM Sipke Ernst. The game appeared to be headed toward a slow game from the Czech Benoni, but the Dutch player broke from the mold with 7.g4!? and a brawl ensued. The game had some interesting maneuvers and when Tate showed deep […]

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The Obama Challenge

The life of a politician is one of many twists and turns. It is a high-profile position and one that requires the public servant to be accountable for every single action. Perhaps no public office is under more scrutiny than the Head-of-State. President-Elect Barack Obama will soon find out the highest level of accountability required […]

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GENS UNA SUMUS… one family?

All international organizations have tremendous challenges. One can look no further than the United Nations and their ongoing challenges of mediating conflict around the world. While FIDE is not an organization that is designed to resolve conflict, it has had a share of its own to deal with. It’s motto, “GENS UNA SUMUS” champions the […]

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RZA (right) of the 90s revolutionary group, Wu Tang Clan continues to forge ahead with his latest project. This working on another soundtrack to a new series, “Afro Samurai.” He wrote a previous soundtrack to the anime series in 2007 and has also written for the “Kill Bill” soundtrack. He later starred with Denzel Washington […]

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Russian Champion Peter Svidler won the Aker Chess Challenge beating Magnus Carlsen in the blitz finale. Carlsen had defeated Hikaru Nakamura the previous round in a highly-charged blitz battle. The two had played two rapid games in the previous round with Nakamura taking 1.5/2. However this rematch was soon to set the board ablaze. U.S. […]

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FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov was visiting the Asian Club Chess Championships and stated that he confident that chess will be included in the quadrennial Olympic Games in the future. He mentioned the progress being made in chess in various regions of the world. My aim is to ensure that chess becomes a part of the […]

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GM Veselin Topalov enroute to winning Pearl Spring. Photo by Sina Sport. Veselin Topalov (2796, +5) remains atop the FIDE rating list at 2796. Many project that he will vault back over 2800 in the next list. At the FIDE General Assembly, it was voted that these lists be produced every two months instead of […]

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