Archive for April, 2009

Barbados’ Allan Herbert (pictured above right) has announced the Heroes Day Cup which will feature a number of standouts from more than ten federations. The Chess Drum will be covering what is hailed as Barbados first GM norm tournament. In the field are a number of National Champions, past and present. The event is sponsored […]

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Amon Simutowe received his certificate for the third GM norm at the Stimulans tournament in 2007. Photo by Ben Schulte. The fans of Amon Simutowe have been asking of his whereabouts. He has been traveling throughout Europe and competing in tournaments. He has had a couple of good results (including =1st Zagreb Open) which should […]

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NBA Chess Jocks??

Here is a fun video advertising the NBA playoffs. It is one of the best sports videos of the season. When watching it, the reason is obvious… chess and basketball! There are countless analogies made between chess and various sports, but this video is perhaps the first time that chess has been the focus of […]

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The Chess Drum’s Daaim Shabazz was interviewed by Dr. Rene Gralla for Neues Deutschland and ChessBase (Germany). The interviewed broached a number of subjects including the origins of The Chess Drum, impact of President Barack Obama on chess, or the “Obama Effect,” hip-hop chess, Black masters, Bernard Parham’s 2.Qh5, women’s chess, Black celebrities in chess. […]

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Adu sensational in DC G/60

IM Oladapo Adu played in the “Spring Sensation” G/60 tournament at Catholic University is Washington, DC and had to face several tough competitors. In the end, he tied (1st-3rd) with IM Kirill Kuderinov 2477 (whom he beat), GM Larry Kaufman (whom he drew) and also drew with FM Enkhbat Teghsuren who came in 4th-6th. Standings: […]

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On Saturday, April 18, 2009 from 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Words Beats & Life (WBL) along with the DC Department of Parks and Recreation and Columbia Heights Youth Club will host the fourth annual Bum Rush the Boards Hip-Hop Chess Tournament at Columbia Heights Community Center located at 1480 Girard St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20009. The […]

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2009 Foxwoods Open

The Foxwoods Open is now at 12 years and it is a tournament that always brings memorable moments. This year the field only seats 17 GMs, but the competition has been fierce. The tournament has the usual GMs such as US Champion Yury Shulman, Hikaru Nakamura, Alexander Shabalov, Alexander Ivanov, but also added to the […]

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Position after Elliott’s 14.Nf5!? Jamaica’s Warren Elliott sent in a nice miniature against fellow FM Bengt Hammar of Sweden. The game came out of a Najdorf where Hammar played the suspect 6…Nbd7. Generally black plays 6…e6 and 7…Qc7 keeping a watchful eye on the e6-square that often becomes the target of sacrifices (with knights, bishops […]

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Chicago is a long way from Dresden, Germany, but David and Sheila Heiser made the trip to begin stating a case for hosting the 2016 Olympiad in the beautiful city of Chicago. The founders of a hugely-successful Renaissance Knights Chess organization, David went to Dresden with his wife to lobby for the bid. The Chess […]

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Andrew Young speaking to children at BeSomeone training facility. Photo courtesy of Orrin Hudson. The Honorable Andrew Young has done a lot of things in his life. He was one of Dr. M.L. King’s lieutenants, a two-time mayor of Atlanta, a US Ambassador to the United Nations and has traveled to 150 countries. Despite being […]

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Following are some new crackers for you to munch on. These are a bit more subtle the previous sets, but still enjoyable. I have added one of my positions. Not my greatest game, but not bad. IM Watu Kobese – FM Norman Rogers 2001 Wilbert Paige Memorial White to Move (after 26…Bg7-f6) More Chess Crackers!

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The “SuperNationals” tournament has become a mainstay in American chess events and has been wildly successful since its inception. The fourth rendition of the tournament attracted more than 5000 students from kindergarten to 12th grade and feature some of the country’s brightest talent. These students are competing for glory and the chance to win a […]

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Chess South Africa is hosting their annual Open tournament in July 3-11 at Wynberg High School in Cape Town. The tournament is expecting to draw players from throughout the region and continent. IM Robert Gwaze is scheduled to participate in the event. IM Watu Kobese won the event last year. IM Kenny Solomon may attempt […]

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