Archive for October, 2009

You can tell that Salome Thomas-El understands the life of hard knocks. Having grown up in the Philadelphia housing projects to a single parent, he had to deal with adversity. Now as an adult, he is teaching others to deal with adversity. Walking with a professional swagger, he asserts, “I’ve never met a child I […]

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Perhaps one of the most ebullient players has become a hit on the online chess scene. Aurélie Dacalor has joined the team that produced the “Chess & Strategy” videos. The Women’s FIDE Master can also be seen promoting popular book titles in “Au Pays des Livres” series. The videos are all short and are well-done […]

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Zambian President Rupiah Banda has honored Grandmaster Amon Simutowe with the President’s insignia for meritorious achievement. This is yet another great accomplishment for Simutowe who has shed a brilliant light on the nation of Zambia with his ascent to the highest standard in chess. There had been much talk about the manner in which Simutowe […]

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Chess hustling in Zimbabwe!

Street Gamblers’ Latest Find Richmore Tera and Nyore Madzianike 20 October 2009 Harare — LUNCHTIME in the streets of Harare has been spent in different ways over the years ranging from having eats, just relaxing, playing draughts, tsoro and lately computer games. A new form of whiling up lunchtime has since emerged in the form […]

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New York is in the midst of a youth movement in chess. Robert Hess and Alexander Lenderman are the most recent teen stars to join Grandmaster ranks, but there are a couple of others who have those aspirations. Justus Williams and Josh Colas are two of the hottest stars in scholastic chess today. Both are […]

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Frank Johnson has been in the game for a long time. Now he will begin passing on his experiences and passion in the game of chess by launching chess-coach.net. Many may not remember Johnson’s successful e-mail chess program that was eventually snapped up by chess.net. The Chicago-area native and Morehouse graduate has moved on and […]

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Washington Square Park seems a world away, but it’s actually very close. It’s so close that you can feel the joy and pain… the joy and pain of chessplayers who lose themselves in the royal game. Miro Reverby’s film titled, “Men Who Would Be Kings” is a poignant account of life in one of the […]

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There was an interesting argument made in a recent Wall Street Journal article titled, “Abolish Women’s Chess Titles”. This is a long-held argument that women’s titles encourage mediocrity since the standards are much lower than for overall titles. Chinese star GM Hou Yifan Photo by Fred Lucas. For example, to earn the Grandmaster title, a […]

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Recently, photo images have surfaced of Bobby Fischer during a trip to the Philippines. These pictures show an apparently contented Fischer reveling with good friends and enjoying the scenery. Of course, Fischer would frequent the Philippines as well as Japan as a refuge from what he regarded was an increasingly untenable relationship with his home […]

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Chess Federation Set To Host 2010 Caribbean Sub Zonal Championships by Bernard Newbold The Bahamas Chess Federation (BCF) on Thursday during a press conference held at the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture officially announced that they will host the 2010 Caribbean Chess Sub Zonal Tournament. BCF president Kean Smith explained that the Chess Sub […]

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Like many African nations, Kenya is one with an interesting history. However, their chess history is a bit less storied. Kenya has a small community, but the passion runs high. As part of an ongoing initiative to ignite excitement in Kenya, a friendly match was proposed. Mehul Gohil of the Kenyan “Simbas” sent in the […]

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Kigigha Dethrones Adebayo at NBL Chess By Femi Solaja World Chess Olympiad debutant, Bomo Kighiga, is the new king of Nigerian chess at list for the next one year, after a hard victory at the just concluded 32nd Nigeria Breweries International Open Chess Championship which was held at the Media Centre of National Stadium in […]

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The 2009 SPICE Cup features two groups and the competition was fierce. Group “B: featured a group of hungry lions vying for norms and/or titles. IM Ray Robson (right) was a GM norm hopeful and made a good run before being held by FM Daniel Rensch in the last round. Robson needed a win to […]

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