Month: June 2011

  • Chess Salvation for James Black

    There is an excellent article in the New York Times online by Dylan McClain. It is perhaps the most candid article written about James Black, Jr. who is on the verge of earning his Master’s title in chess. The article is not about chess as much as it is a…

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  • South Africa hosts the Commonwealth

    Graham Jurgensen has written a report on ChessBase about the ongoing Commonwealth Championship taking place in Ekurhuleni, South Africa. The tournament began June 25th and has drawn over 700 participants including top-seed GM Nigel Short and a strong Indian contingent. There are fifteen countries represented at the event with 309…

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  • Korley gets 1st IM Norm!

    FM Kassa Korley scored his first IM norm with a strong showing at the New York International. The Duke-bound FM ended on 5.5/9 earning his first International Master norm and pushing his USCF rating to 2365. Korley scored 50% against six IMs and drew with GM Kidambi Sundararajan of India.…

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  • Adly, Khaled are new African Champions!

    GM Ahmed Adly Egypt is famous for a city called the “Valley of the Kings”. In Maputo, Mozambique an Egyptian was not on the king of the tournament, but also reigned as the queen as well. GM Ahmed Adly and WGM Mona Khaled won the 2011 African Individual Championship continuing…

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  • Ilyumzhinov visits Libya’s Qaddafi

    Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi greets FIDE President. In what will prove to be a controversial move, FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov recently visited Colonel Muammar Qaddafi in Libya’s capitol of Tripoli. ChessBase ran a brief with an accompanying video clip from the local media. What makes the visit surprising is that…

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  • The Chess Drum beats in Ghana!

    Dr. Kwame Nkrumah Ghana’s rich history goes back to the powerful kingdoms to its rise as the first sub-Saharan nation to gain colonial independence. Dr. Kwame Nkrumah was a highly-regarded leader in the fight against colonialization. He sought Pan-African unity, a optimistic goal that is relevant even today. The Chess…

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  • 2011 African Individual Championships

    The 2011 African Individual Championships are currently being held in Maputo, Mozambique from June 3rd-14th. There are three remaining spots at stake for the World Championships qualifier and top seed Ahmed Adly will lead the charge to challenge defending African Champion, Bassem Amin. Egypt actually has the top five contestants…

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  • Seattle Officer helps chess cause

    Very interesting story out of Seattle. With so many chess players being harassed (and arrested) by police in various cities, it is refreshing to see one police officer help the cause of chess. Seattle Police Officer Denise “Cookie” Bouldin recently received a Golden Tennis Shoe award from Washington Senator Patty…

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