Month: August 2011

  • Rodwell Makoto: 2011 Zimbabwe Champion

    IM Robert Gwaze is not the only Zimbabwean who can win nine games in a row in an important tournament. Rodwell Makoto won the Zimbabwean National Championship with a perfect 9/9. This dominance follows his credible showing at the African Individuals back in June. His strong showing may identify him…

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  • Interview with FM Kazim Gulamali

    Daaim Shabazz and Kazim Gulamali at the 2003 Peach State Open. Upon visiting the 2011 U.S. Open in Orlando, Florida, I caught up with my long-time friend FM Kazim Gulamali. Kazim is a New York-born, Atlanta-raised resident who began playing chess at the age of three. His father Mumtaz Yusef,…

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  • Lenderman wins 2011 U.S. Open

    Orlando International Airport where the Hyatt Hotel resides. One should never miss a flight! Photos by Daaim Shabazz. Aleksandr Lenderman has had a lot of fortune as of late. He was awarded the Samford Fellowship, a $42,000 award for top young chessplayers and now has joined the hallowed halls of…

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  • Justus Williams is K8 co-champ!

    Dewain Barber with co-champs Michael Brown & Justus Williams. Photo by Melinda Matthews. Justus Williams shared joint 1st with Michael Brown at the K-8 Championship during the U.S. Open in Orlando. Justus finished on a sparkling 5.5/6 to push his USCF rating to 2265. He beat Cadet champion Arthur Shen…

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  • Vanita & Dyhemia conquer adversity

    Both Vanita Young and Dyhemia Young (unrelated) have traveled the beaten path of life. Both have had tremendous challenges to face and both were raised outside of the traditional family setting. The two got to the Polgar tournament on different paths but finally crossed in Lubbock, Texas. Vanita Young (Philadelphia,…

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  • Damion Davy is 2011 Jamaican Champ!

    Jamaican has a new national champion and yet again, it is another face. After years of dominance by a handful of Jamaican veterans such as Shane Matthews, Warren Elliott and Jomo Pitterson, Jamaica’s talent pool has widened and a few new faces have emerged. With the aforementioned stars absent, the…

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  • The “Exterminator” annotates!

    FM William Morrison (right) facing NM William Wright. The World Open is perhaps the largest stage of American chess. The tournament has been in Philadelphia for the past 39 years but after its 40th anniversary in 2012, it will find a new home in Virginia for the 2013 edition. William…

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  • MUI hosts the Chicago Southside Classic

    The Muhammad University of Islam (MUI) will host the “Chicago Southside Classic” on August 27th at Mosque Maryam. The tournament is open to adults and children. Date: Saturday, August 27 · 7:30am – 7:00pm Location: Mosque Maryam, 7351 S. Stony Island Ave, Chicago IL, 60649 Kareem Abdullah (center) with some…

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  • 2011 Caribbean Carnival (Trinidad)

    MEDIA RELEASE Date: August 1st, 2011 To: Sport Editor From: Trinidad & Tobago Chess Foundation Contact: Edison Raphael – President 678-0132 Caribbean Juniors Clash in Chess Carnival Leading junior chess players from across the Caribbean and Venezuela will join youngsters from Trinidad and Tobago in vieing for honours at the…

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