Month: March 2012

  • Chess outlet for S. African prisoners

    There are a lot of stories about how chess can individuals in a myriad of ways. Chess often finds a home in prison as the offenders can find the activity helpful in the coping process. Why chess? Perhaps it is the ability to control one’s fate in a place where…

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  • Drum speaks with Maurice Ashley

    GM Maurice Ashley (right) set to face FM Robert Lagerman at the 2012 Reykjavik Open. Ashley won in a crushing style. Photo by Hrafn Jökulsson. The Chess Drum’s Daaim Shabazz was able to conduct an interview with GM Maurice Ashley and get an update on what the global icon has…

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  • 2012 Jamaica National Championships

    Announced Field for National Champs Claire Clarke with Stuart James contributing March 23, 2012, Volume 1. No. 17 It is a hot year for chess all over the world as most countries are in the throes of selecting national representatives for the Chess Olympiad in Istanbul, Turkey, this summer. Jamaica…

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  • Kasparov in South Africa!

    Thursday 22 March 2012 Geraldine Engelman (CHESSA Director of PR & Media) “The biggest problem I see among people who want to excel in chess – and in business and in life in general – is not trusting their instincts enough.” – Garry Kasparov Some of the best quotes of…

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  • T-K.A.S.H. feat Adisa Banjoko… “RUN”

    Adisa Banjoko with GM Vinay Bhat and T-K.A.S.H. at “V-Day Festival.Photo from https://www.hiphopchess.blogspot.com. Adisa Banjoko has had a banner year already. He has celebrated the 5th year of the Hip-Hop Chess Federation, graced the cover of Chess Life, was featured in Forbes magazine online and will soon be featured on…

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  • Will Hou Yifan become the greatest?

    Hou Yifan during her successful title defense last year. Photo by Anastasiya Karlovich for FIDE. Hou Yifan has been the topic of discussion ever since she burst onto the chess scene as a promising phenom. Hou is now 18 and has already trod a progressive path to make her mark…

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  • Young Lions give joint simul

    The “Young Lions” roared in DC as the trio of 13-year old chess masters trekked to the nation’s capitol to give and simultaneous exhibition of 30 students. Justus Williams, Josh Colas and James Black Jr., all 2300-rated masters, played ten boards apiece at the Chess Challenge after-school program. Each of…

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  • New in Chess (2012/2)

    Levon Aronian graces the cover of the latest New in Chess in a very debonaire pose from his Tata Steel victory. With all the hoopla over Magnus Carlsen, Aronian has flown under the radar. His Tata victory places him only 15 ELO points behind Carlsen and in striking distance to…

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  • Theo Thompson’s legendary problem!

    Anticipation by Dr. Steven B. Dowd Take a few minutes to examine the three diagrams below. What is the common thread here? No.1 No.2 No.3 First of all, let’s assign author and date to the first diagram. No. 1 is by Wladimir P. Klipatschow and won a special honor in…

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  • Bobby’s Blitz Chess

    Larry Parr (1946-2011) was editor of Chess Life magazine from 1985-1988 and wrote a number of articles and books about chess. He co-authored The Bobby Fischer I Knew collaborating with Arnold Denker. Following is one story I remember from the defunct World Chess Network back in 2002 that I enjoyed…

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