Archive for December, 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 Chess Drum was able to […]

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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 with the Harlem Children’s Zone […]

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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 blazed the trail of scholastic […]

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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 team on to victory. He […]

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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 some of the best players […]

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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 instructive and Anand goes through […]

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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 Alexandra Kosteniuk in the finals, […]

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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 been upgraded with new training […]

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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 World Championship Chess match? If […]

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Paras Gudka has announced the launching of a website that covers east African chess activities. “Chess Events EAC” will announce scheduled events in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi, but also has a function for events outside the East African Community (EAC). The site will also have historic reports, games, photos and a collective reservoir […]

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Joshua Colas is no longer “JoshuKid”, his ICC moniker. He has grown up in chess. Last night at the Marshall Chess Club, he eclipsed the 2200 rating barrier after beating National Master Leonardo Martinez (2256). In doing so, he breaks the age record for youngest African-American, or generally speaking, Black player to reach National Master. […]

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2010 Women World Chess ChampionshipRound #5 Pairings # Player ELO Nation Flag Player ELO Nation Flag 1 Ruan 2480 CHN Zhao 2474 CHN 2 Koneru 2600 IND Hou 2591 CHN Preview: As if on cue, China has made a statement on the world stage once again. They will boast three of the last four players […]

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Whatever happened to Robert Gwaze, the gold medal sensation at the 2002 Olympiad in Bled, Slovenia? Lately he was spotted in Botswana winning the Botswana Open International Chess tournament with an undefeated score. IM Robert Gwaze Photo from mmegi.bw. One of Africa’s brightest chess masters, Robert Gwaze of Zimbabwe, won the Botswana Open International Chess […]

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Jamaican Chess Don, Ian Wilkinson has protested the recent ruling by the Jamaican Olympic Association’s (JOA) selection committee. The committee decided to reject Jomo Pitterson’s candidacy for the “Sportsman of the Year”. Michael Fennell the JOA’s President stated, “I have explained to him and Mr (Gary) Allen, chairman of the foundation, has explained to him […]

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