Chess in Curaçao

Curacao, 1962 Candidates

The “Dutch Antilles” is a region not known for its strength in chess, but has come one of the most active regions in the Caribbean. The Curaçao Chess Festival draws strong GMs from around the world and the island of 135,000 have no doubt been inspired.

Most will remember the 1962 Candidates Tournament being played on the island. While players of the caliber of Bobby Fischer have not come to Curaçao, the 2012 version hopes to get a first-rate field. The tournament will be held July 5th-15th. (See tournament details)

Below is some of the activity in Curaçao. The video is in Dutch.

Daaim Shabazz

Daaim Shabazz is the founder of The Chess Drum, while serving as a tenured faculty member of Global Business & Marketing at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Florida, USA. He holds a B.S. Computer Science from Chicago State University, an MBA in Marketing and a Ph.D. in International Affairs & Development, both from Clark Atlanta University. He has served the journalist community for more than 30 years and still competes in tournaments occasionally.

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