Archive for February, 2011

“Top chess players qualify,” Trinidad Newsday, 26 February 2011. Veteran chess player Frank Sears, Aditi Soondarsingh, FIDE Masters Keron Cabralis and Mario Merritt, all advanced in the first PKF national qualifier which ended recently, at the Barataria South Secondary School. Sears, who represented Trinidad and Tobago at the Caribbean Chess Championship in 1972, qualified with […]

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Olivier Mouëza informed The Chess Drum that GM Maurice Ashley is currently in Martinique as the guest of Ligue d’échecs de la Martinique (Chess League of Martinique). He will deliver a series of lectures and simultaneous exhibitions from Thursday, February 24 until Sunday, February 27th. Here is the schedule: Friday, February 25th: Ashley will visit […]

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The Ghana Chess Association (GCA) played a match last February 19th against Liberia in an international friendly in Accra. According to the press release, the match was a prelude to the Association’s aim to organize its National Open Championship. The friendly, which is in collaboration with the National Sports Council, (NSC) will be categorized into […]

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It has been almost nine years since IM Robert Gwaze won a gold medal by scoring a sizzling 9/9 at the 2002 Chess Olympiad. There has been question of his whereabouts and activities. Most of his fans would like to know what he is doing to pursue the Grandmaster (GM) title. Gwaze is currently in […]

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Hikaru Nakamura at 2011 Tata Steel. Photo courtesy of memphischess.blogspot.com. Hikaru Nakamura is still in a celebratory mood weeks after winning the strong Tata Steel tournament in Wijk aan Zee. The question that has been posed by many fans across the world was “How will Nakamura’s victory effect American chess?” There were utterances of Bobby […]

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Diamond Abdus-Shakoor shining with her championship smile! Diamond Abdus-Shakoor made history recently after winning the Columbus City Schools Elementary District Championships in Ohio. She went 6-0 in the K-5 section. Diamond went 6-0 K-5th grade. This makes the first time in the 25-year history that a player has accomplished this feat. She will prepare to […]

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László Nagy has been running the “First Saturday” tournament since February 1992. Since then, his tournaments have become the regular training grounds for the world’s brightest stars. Nagy speaks with glee about his enterprise and is always looking for rising talent for his tournaments. How did it all start? ‘Probably still under influence of military […]

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For the past ten years, I have attempted to make contributions to the chess community by covering worldwide events and maintaining standards of responsible journalism. Of course there will always be improvements to be made, but it has been a very interesting decade. Being able to give talented young players inspiration is extremely important in […]

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February is “Black History Month” in the U.S. and each year people of African descent celebrate the accomplishments of their past and present. Blacks have storied histories in science, law, business, politics, arts and athletics. Most may not know or realize that Blacks also have a fairly rich (albeit recent) history in chess. Queen Nefertari […]

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We are proud to announce our Spring Break Chess Camp. This year’s camp will be held from April 4-8th, 2011. The camp is from 9am – 3pm everyday. Campers are welcome to stay later for the free session. Registration will open February 7, 2011 at chess-coach.net. There will be a limited amount of scholarships available. […]

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Good Times in South Africa!! Jerald Times with some of the members of his Guguletu team. Photo courtesy of Jerald Times. Jerald Times has seen a lot in his chess career, but perhaps nothing could be more fulfilling than his current post in South Africa. Times was ask to join David MacNulty’s “Moves for Life” […]

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