Archive for October, 2012

WFM Nsisong Asanga (right) with reserve player Oluchi Alexis at the 2012 Olympiad in Istanbul, Turkey. Photo by Daaim Shabazz. Dr. Nsisong Bassey Asanga went to Istanbul unsure of what her travels would bring. With a very busy schedule as a medical doctor, a wife and mother, she has little time for intense training, but […]

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James Black, Jr. at attention.Photo by Elizabeth Spiegel. Riding on his incredible wave of popularity from the movie, “Brooklyn Castle,” James Black, Jr. recently attended the U.S. Chess School founded by IM Greg Shahade. GMs Alejandro Ramirez and Aleksandr Lenderman took part as instructors. Players like Black, Arthur Shen, Deepak Aaron, Christopher Gu and Luke […]

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Following is a press release from “Ajeh Club d’Echecs” (@EchecsHaiti) about a tournament in Haiti in the village of Quisqueya. It was a youth tournament featuring seven players. French and a rough English translation are offered below. French Le tournoi d’ouverture de l’année scolaire de village quisqueya s’est déroulé le vendredi 12 octobre 2012 avec […]

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The Olympiad issue brings an exciting array of articles, but the cover speaks volumes. Never has New in Chess shown this much diversity on its cover or in its pages. Usually reserved for the top brass of chess the magazine has some interesting snapshots covering a myriad of nations. The usual stars are showcased, but […]

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African Chess Lounge (ACL) recently held a successful qualifier which was publicized on their TV show. The organization was launched last November as an all-purpose chess entity with TV programming, training and chess equipment sales. Reuben Salimu is the pioneer leading the South African initiative and is located in Western Cape province. The first qualifier […]

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In a chess world where players are obsessed with the exploits of Magnus Carlsen or the latest intricacies of the Sicilian Najdorf stands Phiona Mutesi, a Ugandan player of very humble beginnings and one whom most have never heard of. Normally a story like hers would not get any mention in chess media, but Tim […]

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If you have followed the “Brooklyn Castle” story here, it was a two-year project in the making by a wife-and-husband team of Katie and Nelson Dellamaggiore. Here was their inspiration… WHY THIS STORY? In 2007, we came across an article in the New York Times about a super-talented chess player from Edward R. Murrow high […]

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“I’m not a chess whiz. I’m not a chess master. I’m just a guy who loves chess. What I’m pulling off of it philosophically is my strength.” ~Adisa Banjoko, Hip Hop Chess Federation Adisa Banjoko with one of his students, Dyhemia Young. Young came from difficult circumstances and discovered chess through the HHCF. This led […]

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Josh Colas (middle) flanked by father Guy Colas and GM Susan Polgar. “Joshu-Kid” is growing up fast. Over the weekend, 14-year old Joshua Colas has already gotten a university scholarship to attend Susan Polgar’s highly-touted program at Webster University. Webster University houses the Susan Polgar Institute for Chess Excellence, or SPICE. This past weekend, he […]

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IM Daniel Jere at 2012 Chess Olympiad. Zambia has been riding a wave of chess success in the past year. While not duplicating the team success of the 2010 Chess Olympiad in Khanty-Mansisyk, Zambian players have seen a number of individual accolades. There is now serious talk about Zambia getting its second Grandmaster after the […]

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Dear Chess Community, The Chess Drum is launching a “1000 LIKES” Fall fundraising campaign to reach 1000 Facebook “Likes”, 1000 Twitter followers and US$1000 in funds raised. The funds will go toward a site renovation project destined for the 12th anniversary of the website February 2013. Over the years The Chess Drum has covered thousands […]

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Seems like a short while ago when a rising star emerged. Here is a 10-year old FM Fabiano Caruana playing at 2003 Foxwoods Open (Connecticut, USA). Photo by Daaim Shabazz. Fabiano Caruana has quietly risen to #8 on the FIDE rating list at 2772. There is suddenly a lot of intrigue since the American of […]

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Kelvin Chumfwa Wins BOTSWANA OPEN 2012 with 9.5/11 edging out FM Gillian Bwalya who finished on equal 9.5/11. The winner’s medal went to Chumfwa who beat Gillian in round 8 though they shared the prize money equally. Kelvin beat Linus Katebe who finished on 8.5/11 and Gillian had to work had to dispatch Spencer Masango […]

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October 2012 FIDE Ratings

In the post-Olympiad era, several strong tournaments are in progress, but won’t be reflected on the FIDE list until next month. However there will be significant changes. There were slight changes in the October 2012 list, but Magnus Carlsen (2843) still leads the pack with Levon Aronian (2821, +5) in second. Notwithstanding, the Armenian has […]

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