Archive for June, 2009

Orrin Hudson continues to make forays onto the biggest stages throughout the country. He is on the cover of the current Sports Illustrated Teen, the question for him is whether this will translate into the mass movement that he envisions. For the past five years, Hudson has blazed a trail across greater America pitching his […]

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Meet NM Barry Davis

Born in Buffalo, New York, U.S. Chess Master Barry Davis had honed his skills in the chess Mecca for decades and is part of a cadre of Black players who trail-blazed the chess circuit in the 70s. Having just celebrated his 53rd birthday, Davis remembers what it was like in the heyday of the “Fischer […]

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Nakamura, 2009 U.S. Champion Photo by Daaim Shabazz. This past weekend a story leaked that GM Hikaru Nakamura had been extended an invitation to Corus “A”. The story was keep under wraps for a few days. In fact, The Chess Drum’s Daaim Shabazz chatted with Hikaru Nakamura on Facebook and the 21-year old U.S. Champion […]

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Trinidad’s FM Ryan Harper has been his island’s national champion for a number of times. Having broken the dominance of countryman FM Christo Cave, he has ventured out find opportunities for IM norms. Harper is competing in the New York International with seven GMs and 14 IMs. GM Jaan Ehlvest is top seed and at […]

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All Roads to Philly!

One sure sign that summer is in full swing is when the World Open is near. However, there is also the Philadelphia International, a relatively new tournament that has attracted attention the last few years since its inception. This tournament allows players to play in two strong tournaments back-to-back. The one drawback has to be […]

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The clock strikes one… or two! In yet another controversy brought on by the FIDE “no tolerance” rule, two players forfeited games at the Chinese Championships recently held in Jiangsu, China. The rule was famously deployed at the 2008 Chess Olympiad in Dresden, Germany, an event replete with controversial rulings. There were several forfeits and […]

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IM Amon Simutowe – FM Patrick Van Hootlandt 2009 Cappelle La Grande White to Move (after 33…Qf8xa8) More Chess Crackers!

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DC Chess Challenge #3

Good afternoon, I am writing to share a chess tournament flyer with you. (Please see below and attached.) I truly apologize for the very late notice. We will be posting the tournament calender for the rest of the year on our website www.nationalchessacademy.org very shortly. Thank you very much. Have a great day! Vaughn L. […]

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Charles Lawton did not travel the traditional path of any of the participants in the U.S. Championship. Most had come up through some sort of coaching or training, but the St. Louis native was primarily self-taught. Lawton, 56, grew up in “The Village” area in the Carr Square with his father, mother and three siblings. […]

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