Month: December 2010

  • The Chess Drum’s Highlights of 2010!

    The year of 2010 has come to an end and we usher 2011. Before we leave 2010, let’s reflect a bit on this past year. In the year of an Olympiad, World Championship (both men and women) and several elite tournaments, it turned out to be an exciting year. The…

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  • Jerald Times in S. Africa!

    NM Jerald TimesPhoto by Daaim Shabazz. Jerald Times is known as a successful coach and winner of six national championships with Mott Hall Dark Knights and was an chess instructor at the Harlem Educational Activity Fund (HEAF). While the HEAF program was eliminated due to budget cuts, Times began working…

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  • Kenya archives Karanja!

    Kangugi ‘KK’ Karanja featured on the cover of Executive Magazine (December 12 1988). Courtesy of Kim Bhari. Kim Bhari has gone back into his chess archives and made available some vintage newsletters and pictures. For those in the U.S., they may remember a child prodigy named Kangugi “KK” Karanja who…

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  • President Zuma at Chess Tournament

    South African President Jacob Zuma battles 12-year old Sfiso Mashazi at the Nkandla Chess Tournament. He spent a few days in Nkandla promoting the initiative. How many Heads-of-State have attended a chess tournament? In recent memory we remember the Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan at the 2008 Chess Olympiad cheering his…

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  • Wisdom prevails in Jamaica!

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  • Zimbabwe Open on New Year’s

    The Zimbabwe Chess Federation (ZCF) is hosting their Open Championship beginning New Year’s Day and hope attract the continent’s best and brightest players. The press release stated that more than 200 “mental gymnasts” are expected to compete. ZCF President Charles Kuwaza was optimistic about attracting a strong field. We have…

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  • Anand analyzes!

    Chessvibes produced two videos of World Champion Viswanathan Anand analyzing his game with Magnus Carlsen at the London Chess Classic. In the second video, he analyzed a couple of intricate endings. This Anand-Carlsen game was followed by thousands of chess players and was an entertaining bout. The game was very…

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  • Hou Yifan: Women’s World Champion!

    GM Hou YifanWomen’s World Champion Since becoming one of the youngest Grandmasters in history (14 years, 6 months), the chess community knew that good things were to come for the diminutive girl from China. GM Hou Yifan, 16, would compete for the Women’s World Championship in 2008 losing to GM…

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  • iPhone App for GM Ashley

    After the release of his ChessBase DVD, Grandmaster Maurice Ashley has recently released his latest project called MATCH for Maurice Ashley Teaches Chess. This application will run on the iPhone and can be downloaded for $4.99. The app is named after the famous CD “Maurice Ashley Teaches Chess” but has…

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  • 2010 Women’s Chess Championship: Finals

    2010 Women World Chess ChampionshipFINALS (Hou Yifan vs. Ruan Lufei) Player ELO Nation Flag Player ELO Nation Flag Hou 2591 CHN Ruan 2480 CHN Preview: The stage is set and at the end of this final match, the glory will be China’s once again. However, who will win the Women’s…

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