The Chess Drum is 8!

The Chess Drum!

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 should reflect this change.

Over the past 1½ years, the functionality of the site has expanded to include a blog, audio/visual content and a wider variety of coverage. Major international events are covered (e.g., Corus and other top tournaments, Olympiad, World Cup, World Open, World Championships, Man-Machine matches), but the bulk of coverage remains in Africa, the Caribbean and the U.S. The site has also provided coverage of Asia and a few events in the Middle East and Latin America as a way to gauge the progress of other developing regions.

While main features such as “Chess Crackers,” “Fire on Board” will remain, “Historic Moments” and “65th Square” may take on a different shape. There is the proposal of more content related to chess improvement and analysis, but that would require consistent contributions. This year the RSS news feed on the front page has been improved so that viewers can see the latest blog comments in a timely fashion. In 2008, there were 234 news briefs written, a new record!

In the coming year, there may be a revamp certain segments of the site such as “The Chess Academy” and “Game Library.” A Classified Ads section for tournament announcements and other services is being considered. Lastly an international tournament calendar is needed.

All-in-all, The Chess Drum still remains a service entity for the betterment of chess. Continuing to provide information that cannot be readily found in other chess media will remain the focus. The site will continue to cover major events with a unique flavor and frequent visits are encouraged. Please provide news tips by clicking on “CONTACT FORM” icon. Let us hope for another successful year!

The Chess Drum… 8 years!!

KEEP THE BEAT GOING!!

Daaim Shabazz

Dr. Daaim Shabazz is the creator and webmaster of The Chess Drum. He serves as a tenured faculty member of Global Business & Marketing at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Florida, USA. He holds an MBA in Marketing and a doctorate in International Affairs & Development. He has served the journalist community for more than 30 years and still competes in tournaments occasionally.

8 Comments

  1. Happy Birthday to the Chess Drum! Daaim, kudos to you and the Drum. The Chess Drum is the premier site for chess news, current events, and chess information for people of color. Albeit now I think the Drum has risen to the status of being the best chess news site in the world. The Chess Drum captures the sole and essence of grass root stories of real people, victorious over comers, pace setters, and trail-blazers in the game of chess. I am humbled when I read of the successes of people around the world in chess despite the adverse circumstances that the champions of the Chess Drum, both young and old endure as a result racial partiality. Where else can you read about as many “Jackie Robinsons, Martin Luther Kings, Alis, and Obamas in the realm of chess other than on the Chess Drum? Happy Birthday Chess Drum and may you have many, many, more! Thanks for informing, educating, and entertaining me. Coach Rene’ Phillips and The Chess Gym

  2. The maintenance of the site is first class .I would recommend Federations and Clubs to try emulate you.

  3. Thanks guys! Trying to put together a video for the occasion. 🙂

    Here is the top 10 viewership from February 12th, 2008 to February 12th 2009 (by country)…

    1. U.S.
    2. Germany
    3. Canada
    4. Turkey
    5. United Kingdom
    6. Australia
    7. Italy
    8. Singapore
    9. Russia
    10. Brazil

    Top African nation is South Africa at #14.

  4. Thanks RJT. It would be nice if there was more activity on the blog. I plan to put more instructional content on the site and blog. It will force me to start studying again.

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