Day: August 25, 2011

  • 2011 World Cup (Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia)

    In a few weeks, Russia will host the FIDE World Cup beginning tomorrow with 128 players from around the world vying for a qualifying spot for the 2012 World Championship. The seven-round tournament will feature a knockout format with the winner continuing onto the next stage. Khanty-Mansiysk, the host of…

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  • William Griffin… chess pioneer in 1900s

    Owen Clarkin sent me notice of a Black chess player from the 1900s named William E. Griffin. He was born in Missouri and apparently had achieved moderate success. Griffin mentioned that he did not know of many players of his race, but James McCune Smith and Theophilus Thompson had already…

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