Archive for July, 2011

IM Orelvis Perez Mitjans (Spain)Photo by Societat Coral Colon. Orelvis Perez Mitjans was born in Cuba 35 years ago (28 July 1976) and learned chess the way many of us learn… in an informal setting. Watching chess players in Central Park in Havana he was drawn to the game and soon became engrossed in its […]

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Going into the 2011 World Team Championship, Egypt may have had modest goals against a strong field. What ensued appeared to be disastrous, but the tournament had a high point for Egypt. First, each player on the Egyptian team would face Grandmasters (GMs) every single round. It is rare that players from Africa have an […]

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ARMENIA Arshak Petrosian (captain), Vladimir Akopian (board #3), Robert Hovhannisyan (reserve), Gabriel Sargissian (board #4), Sergei Movesesian (board #2), Levon Aronian (board #1) Armenia continues to add to their success in team events by winning the 2011 World Team Championship held in Ningbo, China. Armenia and the Ukraine played to a draw in the last […]

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The story of Dyhemia Young has become well-known. After surviving a turbulent lifestyle as a runaway and moving in and out of foster homes, the 15-year old may have received a turn in fortune when her mentor Adisa Banjoko encouraged her to find consolation in the game of chess. Banjoko, who founded the Hip-Hop Chess […]

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Dutch GM visits Kenya

GM Dmitri Reinderman arrived in Kenya on yesterday to give a chess clinic including lectures and exhibitions. He held a simultaneous exhibition of 35 players and today is holding a blindfold session. It will be the first time a Grandmaster has visited Kenya since Nigel Short’s visit in 2005, but the first training session since […]

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Dyhemia Young has overcome many hardships, but beams at the chance to play in the Polgar Invitational. Photo by Sheila George. With the story of Vanita Young of Philadelphia already fresh in the news, Dyhemia Young (unrelated) will be joining her at the Polgar Invitational in Lubbock, Texas. While the stories are not to be […]

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Armenia has garnered great success in the past several years in team play and hope to continue the trend today as the 2011 World Team tournament goes into its final four rounds. The Olympiad champions from 2006 and 2008, Armenia has always had tremendous team chemistry which helps when trust is needed in crucial moments. […]

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Nigeria Chess Federation has a big vision to hold a strong international tournament… on the grandest stage. They had even enlisted the appearance of former World Champion Boris Spassky before he was felled by a debilitating stroke. Since then, they have had to postpone the event until November, but they are moving forward with the […]

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In a recent ChessBase article, Uzbekistan’s Rustam Kasimdzhanov made a pronouncement about the state of professional chess and its appeal to sponsors. In a very stark admission, Kasimdzhanov opened with, I am writing this open letter, addressed both to FIDE and the entire chess playing world, due to a certain crisis, in which our noble […]

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Photo Impressions of Ghana

Schoolgirl from Ghana who I plan to send a chess set. Last month, I traveled to Ghana, West Africa for the second time. Thirteen years ago, I was a doctoral student attending a technology conference and interviewing subjects for my research. Ghana was a bustling place with a lot of pedestrian traffic. I remember being […]

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