Archive for July, 2009

Amon Simutowe of Zambia has earned the coveted title of Grandmaster. This accomplishment is a marvel for a number of reasons, but suffice it to say, it was a long time coming. As a schoolboy, Simutowe was known as “pawn” but ended up becoming an African giant as his talent was revealed. By the time […]

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GM Bassem Amin GM Bassem Amin has risen since winning the African Junior Championship back in 2004. He promptly added another Junior title in 2005. Since that time he has traveled the world competing in a number of tournaments and is approaching the 2600 barrier. Going into the 2009 African Championship in Tripoli, Libya, there […]

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After the information logjam had been cleared, results are coming from what appears to be an exciting tournament in Tripoli, Libya. The first half of the 2009 edition of the African Championships has the Egyptians dominating affairs holding the top seven positions. However, several players are fighting to challenge the status quo. GMs Aimen Rizouk […]

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The Caribbean Carnival will kick off on August 4th and extend through August 9th. Edison Raphael has released a preliminary slate of players scheduled to compete. Player Nation Flag ELO IM Humberto Pecorelli Garcia Cuba 2403 IM Kevin Denny Barbados 2351 WGM Ilaha Kadimova Azerbaijan 2331 IM Julio Ostos Venezuela 2306 IM Oladapo Adu Nigeria […]

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International Master Oladapo Adu nixed plans to compete in Tripoli, Libya in the African Championship, but has a busy schedule which includes competing in the Caribbean Chess Carnival in Port of Spain, Trinidad from August 4th-9th. This event is hosted by the Trinidad Chess Foundation and organized by Edison Raphael. Adu will then compete in […]

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We remember the visa problems suffered by African players for the 2008 Olympiad. There were a multitude of reasons that Africans were denied. These problems have surfaced at 2009 the African Individual Championships and the backlash has been voiced. The tournament is being held in Tripoli Libya without several of the continent’s strongest players. The […]

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2009 National Chess Championship National Master (NM) Equitable Brown secured his second straight hold on the National Chess Champion title on Sunday, after securing a final round draw against Ryan Blackwood at the Norman Manley Law School. Brown ended the Championship on eight points, a full point ahead of his nearest rival. The final top-of-the-table […]

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All the top players from the continent of Africa will assemble for the 2009 African Championships in Tripoli, Libya today. The Championships will run through the 31st and will serve as the qualifier to the World Cup knockout tournament to be held in Russia later this year. GM Amon Simutowe, who just won the South […]

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Bahamas sees growth!

BAHAMAS EXPANDING IN THE WORLD OF CHESS Kean Smith, President of Bahamas Chess Federation In April, 2007 the Bahamas Chess Federation had for the first time Bahamian Chess Players listed on The World Chess Federation (FIDE) Rating List. There were five players as first. Three additional players were added over the next two years. FIDE […]

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Another reflections page here! You can add your own, but I am including a list of my good and bad moments at the World Open. My 2007 was sparse, but this one will be thorough. best memories were… staying with Norman Rogers and his family; meeting GM Vinay Bhat, a very pleasant person; playing Darrian […]

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ChessCube’s Headquarters in South Africa. In a very intesting experiment, Mark Levitt, the CEO of chesscube.com, is holding the South Africa Open with players who are not at the tournament venue. Three players are located in Australia and are playing via the Internet under the supervision of arbiters. The SA Open’s R90,000 ($12,000) prize fund […]

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The World Open has been the stage for realizing that chess has many faces. In 37 years, this tournament is typically a time of great celebration for players of African descent. There is no official side event designated for this celebration, but this is a tournament that attracts players from around the world and many […]

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Hikaru Nakamura had just finished playing a tough game with Evgeny Najer in the 7th round of the World Open. After winning the game on move 55, the 21-year old knew that the fate would lie in the hands of players who he had battled earlier. Nakamura had to take two 1/2-point byes for the […]

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Amon Simutowe receiving his certificate for his 3rd GM norm in 2007. Photo by Ben Schulte. It has been two years since Zambia’s Amon Simutowe had earned his 3rd GM norm. After adding a couple more norms, he still had not reached the required 2500 rating barrier. Recently, he had eclipsed the 2500 barrier and […]

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Viktor Mikalevski ponders Gata Kamsky’s next move while Nakamura-Najer reaches the climatic stage. Photo by Daaim Shabazz. In an unusual ending to America’s premier tournament, Evgeny Najer and Hikaru Nakamura topped the World Open field with a final 7-2 tally. What made this result so unusual was that Nakamura had requested two half-point byes for […]

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