Archive for March, 2012

FM William Morrison Photo by Daaim Shabazz. FM William Morrison is considered a chess legend and has trod a worn-out path on the east coast of the U.S. Known as “The Exterminator” he is revered in New York, Philly, Baltimore and the DC area and renown for his blitz prowess. Recently, Morrison and his family […]

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The Xtreme Chess Championship is down to four players and we are two rounds away from a declared winner. In this segment, FM Kassa Korley (Duke University) faced rising talent Justus Williams (IS-318), while FMs Elliott Liu (Stanford University) and Alexander Barnett (UMBC) faced off. This segment was intriguing in that we got to see […]

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Issac Braswell In what has been a spate of misfortunes for the U.S. chess community, Issac Braswell became the most recent tragedy. The affable Chicago player allegedly took his own life on March 2nd, only a day after playing in a match in the Chicago Industrial Chess League (CICL). There was a confirmed eyewitness account […]

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In the second “Drum Beat” segment, we look at the latest news on The Chess Drum including the an exclusive article titled, “The Rise of the ‘Asian Dragons’,” which looks at the rapid development of four chess nations. Also in this segment is a survey of other sites including “The Full English Breakfast“, ChessBase, uschess.org […]

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Drum Visitors, After accumulating more than 9,000 pages at The Chess Drum, it becomes important to make the navigational strategy less cumbersome. Given the size of this 11-year project it also occurs to me that many routinely miss content here since the updates occur frequently and some information can be buried under links. I have […]

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“Here in Reykjavik, Iceland to play in the famous open tournament. Waterfalls, geysers, hot springs, restaurants and great night life. This place is amazing!” ~GM Maurice Ashley GM Maurice Ashley is playing in his first international tournament in many years and he will no doubt have a chance to get inspiration from visiting the last […]

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For centuries, Europe has dominated the tables of chess. Over the past 20-25 years, the balance of power has slowly turned eastward. Europe remains the center of chess with its elite tournaments, professional leagues and stellar conditions. However, “Asian Terror” is beginning to take the world by storm as the charge is led by World […]

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The Chess Drum presents its latest gamecast lecture in an instructive game between two Nigerians, National Master Okechukwu Iwu and International Master Oladapo Adu. The game had some interesting themes including a positional exchange sacrifice leading to lasting pressure. The game ends in a tactical skirmish. Very exciting! Enjoy! Watch gamecast!

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March 2012 FIDE Ratings

GM Levon Aronian (Armenia)2012 Tata Steel ChampionPhoto by Fred Lucas. On the latest FIDE ratings, Magnus Carlsen still sits atop the rating chart at 2835 (+0), but the lead has narrowed to 15 ELO points. Levon Aronian’s (2820, +15) win at the Tata Steel tournament allowed him to surge forward and challenge Carlsen for the […]

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