Archive for April, 2011

Yan LyanskyPhoto courtesy of Andre White. The Bahamas National Open took place April 15th-17th in Nassau. The round started out on Friday evening with a brief ceremony as the CW Sawyer Primary School. There were 26 players participating with 16 in the Candidates section and 10 in the Scholastic section. There were several national champions […]

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The Chess Drum’s Daaim Shabazz had a chance to chat with Bahamian chess pioneer Warren Seymour. He had finished directing the 2011 Bahamas National Open won by Yan Lyansky. In the 27-minute interview, Seymour talked about his chess beginnings in 1954 and his learning the game by picking up a book in the library. After […]

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The U.S. Chess Championships have begun and a strong field is in St. Louis vying for the titles. There are two groups in the open section with eight players each. Defending Champion, GM Gata Kamsky Photo by CCSCSL. While Hikaru Nakamura will not participate in this year’s tournament, a new addition to the field will […]

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Approximately a month ago, Delise O’Meally contacted The Chess Drum’s Daaim Shabazz about Jamaican chess legend, Orrin Tonsingh. Tonsingh was one of the most prominent trailblazers in Jamaican chess and represented the nation on numerous occasions. It turns out that O’Meally is the younger sister of Tonsingh and she wanted to share fond memories of […]

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 12, 2011 Zachary Ramsay, The Jamaica Chess Federation Asher Wins Burger King National Junior Chess Champs Miguel Asher (right) of Wolmer’s Boys High School is the 2011 National Junior Chess Champion. Wolmer’s Boys High School’s Miguel Asher was crowned the 2011 National Junior Chess Champion this weekend, after he dominated the […]

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Sudan are the surprise hosts for the internationally rated Zone 4.2 Africa Chess Championship scheduled for 19th to 29th May 2011 in Khartoum. Uganda is part of FIDE’s Zone 4.2, which also comprises of Sudan, chess power house Egypt, Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Djibouti, Mauritius and Seychelles among others. Each country is only allowed up to […]

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Botswana is currently hosting the 4.3 zonal championship in its nation’s capitol. The field features some of the strongest players from the southern region. IMs Kenny Solomon, Robert Gwaze and Watu Kobese are leading the field. Botswana players will try to hold home court and will be lead by FM Phemelo Khetho. Zone 4.3 Individual […]

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