Archive for March, 2010

Michele Wilson-Morris of Birmingham believes there is a good reason Charles Smith has been honored by the city Mayor with the “2010 Hidden Heroes Award” from the Division of Youth Services. His ability to teach the game in such a short period of time and his overall methodology is very unique, but I guess the […]

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Justus Williams recently scored a respectable 5.5/9 at the U.S. Masters. As the only scholastic player and of African descent, he was certainly getting some attention. He had a performance rating of 2184 and defeated a couple of Masters. His mother gave The Chess Drum the following message: He got off with a rough start […]

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Detroit City Chess Club is continuing to do good works under the leadership of Kevin Fite. The Detroit Institute of Arts is host to the thriving chess community comprised primarily of Elementary School players. Sherman Redden Jr., one of the top scholastic players in the Detroit area, tells how his father made him take up […]

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FIDE: Which Way Forward?

Fédération Internationale des Échecs (FIDE) is gearing up for a pivotal election this fall involving the Presidency of its body. Kirsan Ilyumzhinov will attempt to defend his position as the incumbent President. Also vying for the position will be former World Champion Anatoly Karpov. The Candidates Karpov announced his candidacy earlier this month and stated […]

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Masters Debut at UWI Chess Tournament Grand Master Timur Gareev from the University of Texas at Brownsville and International Masters, Marko Zivanic from the University of Texas and Giorgi Margvelashvili from the University of Maryland will debut at the UWI Chess Open from March 15-21, 2010. Also among the line up are National Masters, Damion […]

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Bernard Parham, Sr. Photo by Daaim Shabazz. Bernard Parham has a claim to fame. No it is not as the 1967 Indiana State Champion, or even as a long-time chess educator. He is famous for something else… “The Matrix System of Chess.” This system was created decades ago when Parham had a fascination with the […]

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Susan Polgar with Diamond Abdus-Shakoor. Photo courtesy of Susan Polgar. Diamond Abdus-Shakoor played in the Susan Polgar All-Girls Chess Challenge last year and won her group with a perfect 7-0 score. With this came a digital clock and a laptop computer! Diamond recently competed in the Polgar tournament and had another triumphant outing. The 9-year […]

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An interesting development is taking place at the European Individual Championships in Rijeka, Croatia. Participants in the tournament have shown their aversion to the “zero tolerance” rule which states that a player must be present when the round starts or suffer a forfeit. It was a matter of time before a protest would challenge the […]

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GM Pontus Carlsson (Sweden) Pontus Carlsson of Sweden is currently competing in the European Individual Championship being held in Croatia. The tournament is extremely strong despite not featuring any of the top 20 players in the world. Carlsson sits in the #204 position in a field of 408 participants. Carlsson has been playing sparingly in […]

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The Late Arthur Kobese – May His Dear Soul Rest in Peace Arthur Kobese (South Africa) It is with great sadness that CHESSA has learnt of the passing of Arthur Kobese. He worked for the post office in the Eastern Cape relocating to Soweto around 1980. He became prominent in Chess circles when he began […]

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The Angolan Chess Federation will hold the CUCA BGI International on May 10-19th in Luanda, Angola. The nine-round tournament will abide by FIDE regulations and open to players whose ratings are over 2200. The federation will pay 100% for the costs of food and hotel accommodation for the first 10 players registered for the tournament. […]

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Adekunle Elegbede has sent a report from Nigeria that the federation will hold the first stage of their Olympiad Qualifiers March 21st-27th. The field will include 118 players including 64 men and 54 women in a nine-round Swiss. Each field will produce 10 players for a round robin where the top five players will represent […]

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Chess + S.T.E.M. + Hip-Hop = Bum Rush the Boards “They might think they’ve got a pretty good jump shot or a pretty good flow, but our kids can’t all aspire to be the next LeBron or Lil’ Wayne. I want them aspiring to be scientists and engineers, doctors and teachers, not just ballers and […]

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Veselin Topalov briefly took the #1 spot during the Linares Super GM tournament, but then fell back off Magnus Carlsen (2813, +3) to remain in the #2 spot. The World Champion challenger is behind Carlsen by mere percentage points on the unofficial live list. Unfortunately, Linares did not make the calculations and the official list […]

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