Archive for December, 2011

James Black has been the subject of many articles, but his rapid progress is taken on new heights. Black has now vaulted over 2300 in the USCF rating list and recently showed off his famed blitz prowess in beating both IM Greg Shahade and GM Grigory Kaidanov in blitz battles. After Justus Williams demolished the […]

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Jamaica Nice for GM Ashley Reggae star King Yellowman did a song called “Jamaica Nice” in which he was telling a story about immigrants reminiscing about the beauty of Jamaica. The singer crooned the lyrics, “Take me home… country road… to the place… I belong… in Jamaica… that’s where I’m from… take me home… country […]

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At Atwell’s Educational Institute, on Sunday December the 11th 2011, the director Lesley-Ann Nelson and tournament coordinator Adrina Smith of K.I.D.S Chess Academy hosted its 1st Annual Scholastic Chess Championship. The competition had a participation of 55 young chess players, competing in the following categories respectively. The ages were as follows: under-6, under-8, under-10, under-16 […]

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 10, 2011 Zachary Ramsay, The Jamaica Chess Federation Cameron Chess Open When: Saturday 17th December, 2011 and Sunday 18th December, 2011. Where: To be announced Format: Six round Swiss open tournament Schedule: Three rounds each day Time Control: Open Section (1600 and over): Game in 61 minutes with 30 second increments […]

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RZA of the famed rap group “Wu Tang Clan” released a video challenge to Jay-Z to lock horns on the chess board. Both are releasing music applications and this challenge looks like an ambitious attempt at cross-branding. It may be a boon to both product releases. RZA (left) playing Monk at the King’s Invitation back […]

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Hip-Hop Chess Federation Hosting Pawn Storm Invitational Free All Ages Chess Event Combines Chess and Life Strategy Themes Dec 8th, 2011- San Francisco, CA- The Hip-Hop Chess Federation (HHCF) is proud to announce the Pawn Storm Invitational will be held on December 10th 2011. It all takes place at John O’Connell High School in San […]

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Chess has become part of Jamaica’s island culture since the 70s and continues to make strides to bring chess to more of the 2.7 million inhabitants. Six-time national champion FM Warren Elliott is one of Jamaica’s finest sons of chess and is embarking on a meaningful venture to pass the legacy onto the next generation. […]

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IM Bunmi Olape won the Nigerian National Championships in November 2011. The tournament was sponsored by Nigerian Breweries PLC and the top section featured a 9-round swiss. Olape won with a tremendous score of 8/9 in a field that included the famous IM Oladapo Adu. He is a regular member of the Nigerian Olympiad Team […]

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International Masters Henry Steel and Watu Kobese both tied for joint 1st at the 2011 South African Closed scoring 9/11! Henry was declared the national champion by virtue of his superior tiebreak beating Kobese in their head-to-head encounter. Below are selected games from the Closed section. Jacques Meintjies won the B section and will be […]

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Approximately one week ago, GM Maurice Ashley sent a Facebook message stating that the Harlem Educational Activities Fund (HEAF) had made a pledge to help three young Masters (Justus Williams, Josh Colas and James Black, Jr.) who were the subject of an article in the New York Times. It was this article that caught the […]

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News out of Zambia ahead of the African Juniors: THE Chess Federation of Zambia (CFZ) has selected 36 young players comprising 18 boys and 18 girls to represent the country at next month’s African youth flagship event of the World Chess Federation in Lusaka. The 2011 African Youth Chess Championships to be held at Baobab […]

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Kevin (8) and Rowan Willathgamuwa (9) of St. Ives Prep were expelled after playing in the World Youth in Brazil. There have been countless studies on the role chess has played in helping in the development of cognitive abilities and analytical skills. Thus, the wave of popularity has spread “Chess in Schools” throughout the chess […]

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The four 2800-rated players will repeat (from the 2011 Tal Memorial) the headlining of a super-GM event as the London Chess Classic begins with the opening ceremonies on tomorrow. World Champion Viswanathan Anand and world’s #1 player Magnus Carlsen will be joined by fellow 2800s Levon Aronian (new addition) and Vladimir Kramnik. Carlsen has won […]

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The Botswana Closed Tournament will be held at University of Botswana starting Friday, 2nd December 2011 to Sunday, 4th December 2011. The drawing of lots will be on Wednesday, 30th at sedibeng @ 19:00. The Botswana Chess Calendar comes to an end with resounding bang as the best chess brains in the country lock horns […]

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