Archive for August, 2010

The Chess Olympiad is less than one month away and there are continued grumblings about the logistical arrangements. One month ago there was a story about the venue in Khanty-Mansiysk still being under construction. There was also the revelation that the organizers may have chosen a venue unable to accommodate all the attendees. Israel Gelfer, […]

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The 2010 Caribbean Chess Carnival was a great success with a record number 147 participants. Edison Raphael and the Trinidad Chess Foundation put on a wonderful showing at the historic Queen’s Park Cricket Club. The tournament attracted players and officials from ten countries and the event was covered here at The Chess Drum. I promised […]

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Karpov2010 heads to Africa

As the 2010 campaign for FIDE President winds down, both camps have been competing for votes by jetting from region to region to roll out their platform. Kirsan Ilyumzhinov has already been to Africa trying to win the federation of the region’s federations. Anatoly Karpov will be traveling to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and Luanda, Angola […]

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The Uganda Chess Federation is for the first time in history set to send a Ladies team of five alongside the Men’s team to participate in this year’s World Olympiad to be held in Khanty Mansiysk, Russia from 19th September to 4th October 2010. Confirmation of Uganda’s participation follows UCF’s successful acquisition of US$10,000 from […]

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There was a very nice interview done on Jamaica’s CVM at Sunrise with IM Jomo Pitterson and FM Warren Elliott. It covered a number of topics including accomplishments of Jamaicans, the perception of chess, impact of chess on the youth and prospects for the future. The interview was about eight minutes long and both players […]

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In 1995, Ashley unveiled a ground-breaking CD titled, “Maurice Ashley Teaches Chess“. The CD was aimed at a diverse audience and gave the viewer so many options for chess improvement. The title is still sought after, but of course in 15 years, so many titles have been released to the chess world. Ashley has been […]

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Michael Song getting set to play Joshua Colas. Justus Williams on top board against William Graif. Photo by Guy Colas. Justus Williams and Joshua Colas recently returned from their first international trips to Brazil and Trinidad, respectively. Both had credible results and were intent on using the experience as preparation for the World Youth Championships […]

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Sweden’s GM Pontus Carlsson at 2008 European Championship. Photo from eicc2008.com. From time-to-time there is a question raised about the presence of Black players in the chess world. Players in this demographic can be seen at tournaments around the world and are seemingly enthusiastic about competition. However, those who have found success at the highest […]

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On August 15-16, Head of Republic of Kalmykia, FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov visited Trinidad and Tobago where he participated in the opening ceremony of the 1st Caribbean Cup – UMADA Cup. The idea to hold such tournament was born two months ago during FIDE President’s visit to Cuba at the closing ceremony of Capablanca Memorial. […]

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Chess Graff in Brighton, England, United Kingdom FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: PR Contact: gaborski@shinkenpublicrelations.com (323) 335-4497 Hip-Hop Chess Federation Announces 1st HHCF Graffiti Contest…Winner Gets Autographed Chessboard by Multi-platinum Artists and Chess Icon August 16th 2010, San Jose, CA: The Hip-Hop Chess Federation (HHCF) announced via Twitter that it is hosting a graffiti art contest. HHCF […]

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