Month: May 2009

  • Hip-Hop

    HHCF to host Kings and Queens tourney!

    Bay area’s Adisa Banjoko has opened registration for the Kings and Queens Invitational to be held on October 10th. Past events have featured a mixture of chess competitors, hip-hop legends and martial artists. There have been panels at each of the events and the events have received media coverage. Registration…

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  • Africa

    2009 African Individual Championships

    The 2009 African Individual Championships will be held in Tripoli, Libya between the dates of July 20th-31st. The nine-round Swiss format will be the qualifier for the World Cup Knockout tournament to be held in Khanty Mansiysk, Russia. There are six slots awarded to the top finishers. The invitation was…

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  • USA

    Darrian Robinson… the latest “Expert”

    Darrian Robinson in action against Columbian opponent in Ecuador’s 2006 Pan-Am Games. Photo by Cenceria Edwards. New York is a chess machine. It has been the “mecca” of American chess for more than a century. Fast forward and the age of technology and professional trainers has pushed the development curve…

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  • Opinion/Editorials

    The Myth of Chess “Geekism”

    For decades, there has been a characterization of chess that may be considered flattering by some and insulting by others. It is the idea that chess is somehow associated with those who are socially-retarded, but intellectually overdeveloped. GEEK (n.) A person regarded as foolish, inept, or clumsy. A person who…

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  • Ehlvest wins Chicago Open!

    Grandmaster Jaan Ehlvest bested Gabriel Sargissian in the blitz playoff to claim the 2009 Chicago Open title. For decades, Ehlvest has been one of the strongest blitz players in the world. Both players scored 5.5/7 and edged out several contenders in a hotly-contested tournament that included several participants from the…

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  • 10-year old Josh Colas over 2000!

    Joshua Colas has been making progress since he began playing chess four years ago and got his first rating of 681. With a heavy dose of blitz and a bit of professional coaching, Colas has now broken the “Expert” barrier of 2000 rating points. This is a status above a…

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  • Bahamas Chess Officials meet Minister

    Executive Members of The Bahamas Chess Federation (BCF) met with The Minister of Youth and Sports, Hon. Desmond Bannister and the Permanent Secretary, Mr. Archie Nairn on Monday 11th May, 2009. While at the meeting, the parties discussed the current state of Chess in The Bahamas, plans to strengthen the…

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  • 2009 Chicago Open underway!

    GM Loek Van Wely vs. FM Jake Kleiman and GM Mesgan Amanov vs. GM Gabriel Sargissian. Photo by Daaim Shabazz. The 2009 Chicago Open has begun and a number of strong players are present. Top seed appears to be Armenia’s Gabriel Sargissian. He was spotted in St. Louis at the…

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  • Deborah Richards wins Wheeler Open!

    WFM Deborah Richards, Jamaica’s highest-ever rated female chess player, made a winning return to competitive chess by winning the Robert Wheeler Open on tiebreak ahead of NM Peter Myers and Mikhail Solomon. Deborah Richards stumbled in round 3 by losing to NM Russel Porter but recovered by winning in round…

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  • Maurice Ashley Speaks!

    Award-winning journalist Macauley Peterson caught up with Grandmaster Maurice Ashley and got an update on his recent projects, one of which is a new website called, “Maurice Ashley Trains Champions.” His recent intiatives highlight the ever-increasing thrust in scholastic chess and the efforts being made to make chess more prominent…

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