Archive for December, 2012

The year of 2012 was supposed to be a magical year with all the Mayan calendar prophesies and such. In the year of the Olympics, a World Championship match, the Chess Olympiad and Kasparov’s record falling, there was quite a bit happening in the chess world. The Chess Drum was able to capture the news […]

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University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) won yet another Pan-Am Intercollegiate tournament. This makes the ninth time in history that the satellite campus has won the tournament tying the record with University of Maryland-Baltimore County (UMBC). While rated behind Webster’s powerful “A” team, UTD showed a bit more consistency and it played in their favor […]

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Washington Park’s legendary hustlerVincent Livermore National Master Miro Reverby produced an interesting video documentary on a partial history of Washington Square Park. He includes footage of legendary figures in the chess hustle game in New York and provides a candid view inside the life of a small family of chess players. The park has been […]

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Diamond ShakoorPhoto by Laurie Skrivan. A month ago, the St. Louis Dispatch ran a story about chess families moving to St. Louis to help their children with their chess endeavors. We have heard of stories like this before including the most being Fabiano Caruana’s move to Europe where he grew into a world class player. […]

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“It should be noted that current opening variations come and go, and the evaluation of certain positions change. But the value of knowing how to play endgames well remains constant.” ~ANATOLY KARPOV, Former World Champion~ * * * Here is a common ending that may look easy, but it has some subtleties. White is a […]

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GM Maurice Ashley has recently produced his latest instructional DVD in conjunction with ChessBase. It is part of “The Secret to Chess” series of videos with the main theme being “blind spots” in critical positions. Ashley has become known for his chess commentary, but has recently been engaging in scholarly writing and educational videos. In […]

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Theophilus Thompson Dr. Steven Dowd sent this piece earlier in the year as a follow-up to his instructive “Anticipation” essay he did on Theophilus Thompson. These two stories “sandwiched” Neil Brennen’s work on Thompson and adds to the intrigue of this pioneer of American chess history. Of course he is more of a pioneer to […]

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 25, 2012 Zachary Ramsay, The UWI Chess Society UWI to compete at Pan American Chess Champs The University of the West Indies Mona is set to compete at the Pan American Intercollegiate Chess Championships, which will take place December 27-30 in Newark, New Jersey. The prestigious tournament, which has a long-standing […]

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2012 Pan American Intercollegiate Chess Championship Princeton University – Frick Chemistry Laboratory December 27-30, 2012 One of the joys of playing chess during one’s youth is certainly the camaraderie and friendships that are made during the formative years. Scholastic tournaments are always brimming with excitement and provides one with the joys of chess and pleasant […]

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Most of the Drum readers will know of Darrian Robinson who first appeared on these pages as a young scholastic player making a great impression. She was one of the many bright young stars coming out of the New York area. Back in 2006, Darrian was headed to Batumi, Georgia Republic to represent the U.S. […]

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