Archive for February, 2009

Kevin Fite has dedicated himself to the betterment of society in greater Detroit and has been doing so for decades. The level of commitment needed for this task is nothing short of a gargantuan effort and Fite has done just that. In a recent article in Hometown Life, Fite’s school Cornerstone was shown during a […]

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The Chess Drum’s Dr. Daaim Shabazz will be in Doha, Qatar next week to visit local universities and will certainly seek out the chess venues. The small nation on the Arabian penisula is home to GM Mohamed al-Modiahki and his wife GM Zhu Chen. Zhu now plays under the Qatari flag. Qatar is one of […]

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FM Morris Giles with Erik Karklins at far end. As we close out Black History Month, I stumbled over a link to Robert Byrne’s analysis of FM Morris Giles’ win over GM Walter Browne. Giles was a Chicago legend who was a solid master in the 70s. He retired for a number of years and […]

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Viswanathan Anand preparing to take on Teimour Radjabov in round #1 in Linares. Photo by Nadja Woisin. The 26th Linares tournament is taking place in Linares, Spain. This tournament is one of the premier tournaments in professional chess and attracts the world’s top players. In past years, they have split the tournament between two venues, […]

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There is a very interesting indepth interview on World Champion Viswanathan Anand. It has been conducted by Sriram Srinivasan and Jaideep Unudurti and part one of the interview appeared on ChessBase. It details Anand’s beginning as never before. The intricate details of his boyhood endeavors and his subsequent rise give the reader an understanding of […]

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Jamaica’s #1 player FM Warren Elliott has sent out a release announcing two theme tournaments sponsored by Chess Unlimited. The organization, a joint venture between Elliott and FM Jomo Pitterson is designed to improve competition in Jamaica. The concept of this first tournament arose from the need to impove Jamaican’s international ratings. This will enable […]

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Ohio’s Diamond Abdus-Shakoor scored a stunning 7-0 result at the Susan Polgar National Open and earns an automatic invitation to the Polgar National Invitational for Girls in July. She will be the representative for the state of Ohio. Diamond also won three trophies, a laptop computer and a digital clock. Her father Abdul told The […]

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Gata Kamsky will take on the world’s highest-rated player in Veselin Topalov is an eight-game match to determine who will challenge Viswanathan Anand in the World Championship match. After a long tortuous battle of negotiations, the venue will be Sofia, Bulgaria and will begin play on February 18th and end February 28th. GM Veselin Topalov […]

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Another year has passed for The Chess Drum, one of the mainstays of chess coverage on the Internet. The idea of the site is to highlight the accomplishments of players of the African Diaspora, but the diverse content is designed to show the universality of chess. The face of chess is changing and chess media […]

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National Master Glenn Bady of Challenging Heads Chess has noticed that GM Maurice Ashley (left) is scheduled to speak at the World Conference on Chess-in-Schools. The event will take place in Turin, Italy from February 25-27th and will be attended by FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov. Ashley is best known as the first “African-American Grandmaster” and […]

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2009 Arcapita Open (Manama, Bahrain) There was an interesting story on ChessBase about the Arcapita International Open in Bahrain. It appears many parts of the world are moving forth with their development plans in chess. I actually traveled to Bahrain in 2002 before Kramnik’s match with Deep Fritz. There was a club there on the […]

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In commemoration of Black History Month, The Chess Drum features a quiz provided by Life Master Dr. Shearwood McClelland III. Perhaps this quiz is more “African-American” history in that it is almost totally confined to U.S. players. Of course Black history would encompass the entire Diaspora of Africa. However, this ten-point quiz is a testament […]

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Peter Svidler defeats Vadim Milov in a tiebreaker to win the Gibraltar Chess Congress, Masters section. There was actually a five-way tie after nine rounds. The others involved in the tie were Hikaru Nakamura (who overcame two early losses), Pentala Harikrishna and Vugar Gashimov. Nakamura and Gashimov drew quickly while Svidler beat Harikrishna to break […]

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Hou Yifan aiming high!

There was an interesting article on ChessBase with a profile and interview of Hou Yifan, the Chinese Grandmaster who will soon turn 15 years old. The article showed the young star at various stages of her career and described her evolution as a player. GM Hou Yifan Photo by GM John Nunn. Yifan is not […]

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