Archive for July, 2010

Boyd Reed at 2010 World Open. Photo by Daaim Shabazz. In yet another example of the Internet’s influence on chess, FIDE held its first Arbiter’s Seminar online. The seminar was hosted by FIDE’s Arbiter’s Commision in conjunction with the North American Chess Association. Nine persons from US and Canada passed the exam and will earn […]

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IM Irina Krush2010 U.S. Women’s ChampionPhoto by Fred Lucas. International Master Irina Krush was seen more than a decade ago selling autographed cards at the World Open. There was never been a question of her talent and in the 2010 she has shown again why her chess spirit gets so much acclaim. Krush came into […]

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Sam Ford playing Bernard Parham in a blitz battle during a tribute to Parham at the Gary Public Library. Gary, Indiana is most famously known as the hometown of the famous Jackson 5 which featured megastar Michael Jackson. Gary was a place of refuge for many southern families looking for opportunities in the north. However […]

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In 2006, Bessel Kok sent an emissary to Africa to try to garner support for his “The Right Move” program. English Grandmaster Nigel Short took on the task hoping to win support to unseat Kirsan Ilyumzhinov (pictured left). Short’s trip swirled in controversy as he faced tough audiences both in Botswana and Zambia, camps supporting […]

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Scholastic All-American Josh Colas Photo by Daaim Shabazz. Joshua Colas has visions to shatter a few records in American chess. The 11-year old plays chess with a passion that few have. Joshua has been playing against stronger competition in what will lead him to his first international tournament in Port of Spain, Trinidad in August. […]

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Kunle Elegbede is helping to plan something big. Recently an announcement was made that Nigerian chess community will be holding a US$50,000 prize tournament next July in honor of Nobel Laureate, Wole Soyinka. The tournament will be held on a grand scale in the capitol city of Abuja. A press conference was held recently at […]

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While the Black Stars of Ghana were unable to convert penalty kicks to beat Uruguay in the 2010 World Cup, 15 hours away another group of Black stars would square off against competition from around the world. The World Open is a venue where people from every demographic group come to compete on the largest […]

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GM Loek Van Wely of the Netherlands faces GM Viktor Laznicka of the Czech Republic in the last round. Photo by Daaim Shabazz. The World Open moved from City Center to Valley Forge. This change of venue was not greeted with enthusiasm, but there was still lots of exciting chess ready to be played. The […]

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Farai Mandizha is a long way from his home in Zimbabwe, but over the past few years has made a presence in the U.S. chess scene. Over this time he has made an impression in his New York base and has now achieved the difficult task of earning the International Master (IM) title in the […]

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GM Pentala Harikrishna in a battle against GM Luke McShane. Photo by Daaim Shabazz. The 38th Annual World Open is in progress in the city of King of Prussia at the Valley Forge Convention Center. The tournament has attracted a strong Indian contingent along with GMs such as Francisco Vallejo-Pons, Loek Van Wely and Luke […]

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Jomo Pitterson The “land of wood and water” is singing the praises of FM Jomo Pitterson who placed joint first in the 2.3.5 subzonal held in the Bahamas this past week. This tournament was attended by players from 10 countries. Pitterson played solidly with an undefeated 7/9 along with WGM Serai Sanchez-Castillo of Venezuela outpacing […]

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