Archive for July, 2011

At the recently-ended 2011 World Open in Philadelphia, James Black, Jr. had calculated that he had barely eclipsed the 2200 barrier, but the calculations from the USCF online rating application were perhaps inaccurate. However, there is no doubt now since Black broken one of the highest barriers in chess. Call me “Master Black” By earning […]

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Diamond Shakoor will be heading to Lubbock, Texas to compete in the 8th Annual Susan Polgar Girl’s Invitational to compete for glory and perhaps scholarships. During the Heritage Concert Series, radio personality Warren Stevens ran into Diamond and father, Abdul Shakoor and spoke to the talented 10-year old. The two spoke to Stevens about her […]

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The bienniel World Team Championships will commence with round one on Sunday, July 17th. The ten teams are comprised of host China, Russia (defending champion), Ukraine, Israel Hungary (2010 Olympiad finishers), Azerbaijan, Egypt, India, USA (the continental champions) and Armenia (nomination from FIDE President). The field will prove to be very challenging and represent some […]

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The Jamaican National Championships will begin on tomorrow, Saturday July 16th through July 31st. The game will take place on Saturdays and Sundays at the Norman Manley Law School, UWI Mona campus at 6pm. On July 22nd and 29th, the games will be held at the Spanish Court Hotel. Many of the top Jamaican players […]

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1st Annual Emory Tate Honorific Chess Extravaganza Saturday, September 17, 2011 9:00 AM – 1:00 AM Elkhart Sports Center – (U.S. 20 Bypass and CR. 17) International MasterEmory Tate LADIES AND GENTLEMEN! We are presenting to the Midwest, the Emory Tate Jr. Honorific Chess Extravaganza, to be held September 17, 2011, at the Elkhart Sports […]

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This is the second year of HHCF keeping it real in Norfolk, Virginia by providing free chess camp to any and all kids in the city and surrounding areas. We have 160 kids signed up but with only enough sets to play 20 kids at a time we are rotating through. Today was Day 1 […]

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July 2011 FIDE Ratings

Sergey Karjakin is finally living up to his early promise. The record-holder for the world’s youngest Grandmaster at 12 years, 7 months, the Ukrainian emigre is now #4 on the rating chart. Photo by ugra-chess.com. Magnus Carlsen reclaimed the top spot on the FIDE rating chart by gaining six points to weigh in at 2821. […]

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Dr. Philip Corbin has had a very venerable career in Barbadian or “Bajan” chess. He is perhaps known most for his swashbuckling attacking style and affinity for the Elephant Gambit (seen in the photo). For the past several years Corbin has been working on a compilation of his games and a autobiography of his 40-year […]

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During the World Open, I was given a June 17th article about a young lady and was told that she was walking around the tournament hall. I missed the story while in Ghana, but was fortunate to learn of it in time to publicize her story. It is yet another one of the success stories […]

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Kasparov in Africa

Kasparov’s “African Dream” by Jackie Ngubeni Garry Kasparov, the world undisputed greatest chess player of all time, visited South Africa to deliver the key-note address for the IBM business convention. I caught-up with him at famed Soccer-City, ground-zero of the 2010 FIFA World-Cup spectacular, just at the outskirt of Soweto. He listened attentively to my […]

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