Archive for August, 2010

Grandmaster Maurice Ashley is known for many things in chess, but he continues to add on superlatives in his 30-year career. Lately he has used his patent of “pawn mower” a concept derived from an exercise he featured in his CD “Maurice Ashley Teaches Chess.” This concept has now made a debut in the Richmond […]

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The 2010 Caribbean Chess Carnival was a successful event with a record 147 players from 10 countries. Three-time champion IM Humberto Pecorelli could not travel to defend his title, so a new champion was crowned. There are many reasons this tournament was special and perhaps is an example of how the Caribbean and Africa can […]

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Bullyproof Chess?

Lisa Suhay wrote an article dealing with the playground phenomenon of bullying. In her piece, she attempts to use chess as a metaphor for strategically out-thinking a bully. The ideas are interesting, but it would be more interesting if they put the ideas to the test. Today, if a bully can’t intimidate you with words, […]

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At the end of the Caribbean Chess Carnival, The Chess Drum’s Daaim Shabazz caught up with some of the tournament’s participants and conducting several interesting interviews. Two of the interviews featured two young talents, one Caribbean legend and the tournament winner.

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GM Gennadi Sagalchik of New York won the Caribbean Chess Carnival with a solid 7/9 score. Sagalchik hoists 1st place trophy at Closing Ceremonies. Photo by Daaim Shabazz. In his winner’s speech, Grandmaster Gennadi Sagalchik stated that he “begged” Edison Raphael to come to the Caribbean Chess Carnival. Perhaps he was overstating a bit, but […]

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Eleven-year old Josh Colas’ upset win over FM Ryan Harper was the highlight of the round. While Colas has beaten a number of strong Masters in his short career, this win punctuated his international debut. Playing against Harper’s pet Dragon, Colas played 6. h3!? and after 6…Bg7 7. Be3 O-O 8. Bd3?! e5 9. Nb3 […]

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On day four, fatigue may have started to catch up with some of the players as perfect scores fell in the under-20, under-14 and under-10. FM Keron Cabralis was finally stopped by FM David Finol of Venezuela and share 1st place with him on 5/6. Christian Ammon lost to Trindadian compatriot Joshua Johnson after winning […]

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IM Oladapo Adu will face his biggest test yet as he is poised to face the tournament’s top-seed in GM Gennadi Sagalchik. While a win will almost certainly put him in a position to win, Sagalchik has saved energy with two quick draws and may be going for the win in this bout. At this […]

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Anthony Goldbloom informed The Chess Drum of a World Cup competition. This was not the World Cup of Chess, but one dealing with chess ratings. This World Cup is designed to find a new chess algorithm for rating classifications. Jeff Sonas, the organizer, has been an authoritative figure in chess circles and is the creator […]

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IM Oladapo Adu in round #3 battle at Caribbean Chess Carnival. Photo by Daaim Shabazz. Nigerian International Master Oladapo Adu is visiting Trinidad for the second consecutive year and seems to have found comfort in the chess climate. Going into round #4 he has a perfect 3/3 score coming off of a tense win against […]

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