Archive for August, 2009

CHESS DRUM EXCLUSIVE! World Champion Grandmaster Viswanathan Anand lands in Botswana by Kenneth Boikhutswane Anand arrives in Gaborone, Botswana. The reigning World Chess Champion, Grandmaster (GM) Viswanathan Anand of India, touched down this afternoon at 1640hrs local time. The GM was afforded the status befitting of a player of his status, this signified by that […]

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Tomorrow Viswanathan Anand will set foot down on the African continent. This is reportedly his first visit which is significant for a number of reasons. First, no other sitting World Champion has visited the continent in recent memory (or perhaps ever). This is revolutionary for a number of reasons and may represent a “homecoming” of […]

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2009 SPICE Cup (Polgar)

More SPICE in Texas chess! GM Susan Polgar is bringing world class competition to the U.S. in the form of a Category 16 tournament. She bills it as the strongest invitational ever held in history. While chess historians are scrambling to verify this, Polgar continues to promote chess on a number of fronts. Most notably […]

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Both Jomo Pitterson and Shane Matthews have long been among Jamaica’s strongest players. The question has always been how strong they are internationally. Both are competing in the 23rd North American FIDE Invitational in Skokie, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. Shane Matthews of Jamaica battling GM Alfonso Romero Holmes of Spain. Photo by Peter Myers. […]

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The 2009 edition of the Caribbean Chess Carnival had some interesting games. In these games, one can see why IM Humberto Pecorelli reigned supreme over his competition. His positional understanding seemed to carry the day over nine rounds. The games had a mixture of styles… ebb and flow, vicious attacks, tragic blunders and intriguing endings. […]

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After winning the inaugural Caribbean Chess Carnival, International Master Humberto Pecorelli has travelled from Cuba to Trinidad’s Port-of-Spain the last two years to defend his title. He now qualifies for a nickname given his historic ‘three-peat’… winning three times in a row. Humberto Pecorelli Garcia wins the 2009 Caribbean Chess Carnival This year boasted arguably […]

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On June 25th of the year 2009, Michael Joseph Jackson departed life in Los Angeles, California… the king is dead. In chess the word is “checkmate,” but of course Jackson lead a life that will live longer than his physical life making him in effect immortal. William James once said, “The great use of life […]

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World Champion Viswanathan Anand This is announcement of a pending visit to Africa by World Champion Viswanathan Anand. This may mark the first time a World Champion has traveled to the continent. Botswana has previously hosted GM Judit Polgar, one of the strongest players in history… female or otherwise. Kenneth Boikhutswame told The Chess Drum […]

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Controversy continues in American chess. GM Susan (Zsuzsa) Polgar and FM Paul Truong (who are married) have had their memberships revoked from the United States Chess Federation. This brings to a head the vitriolic media battle within America’s top chess brass. This action was apparently enacted by the USCF Executive Board in a special session. […]

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Grandmaster Maurice Ashley is prepared to release a new book titled, “The Most Valuable Skills in Chess” by Gambit Books. This book is after his “Chess for Success” debut. The video below has some detail, but it appears that Ashley had adapted some of his material from his popular CD. I have not previewed the […]

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WORLD JUNIOR CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP 2009 Mar del Plata – Province of Buenos Aires – Argentina 21 October to 4 November 2009 The International Chess Federation (FIDE), the Confederation of Chess for America (CCA), the Argentina Chess Federation and the Mar del Plata Chess Federation, have the honour to invite all the FIDE National Chess Federations […]

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GM Bartosz Socko battling GM Amon Simutowe at the Artic Chess Challenge in Norway. Amon Simutowe is in Norway after competing in the African Championship in Libya. He mustered a +1, but was not among the top six qualifiers for the World Cup. However, things are looking well for the Zambian as he has been […]

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U.S. Champion Hikaru Nakamura is on a rampage in 2009 having won six tournaments in a row including the recent San Sebastian in Spain and yesterday the Chess 960 World Championship in Mainz, Germany. He won the championship yesterday against the defending champion Levon Aronian of Armenia and the name “Fischer” was tossed around a […]

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