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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Five years ago, there were a series of endings offered at The Chess Drum. We will restart this exercise with some basic endings and elevate to more complicated endings. A practical chance to save a losing position. Can you find the drawing sequence? White to play and draw!

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Florida’s Kingsmen CC

Kingsmen Chess Club presents End of the year Blitz Tournament Florida Mall, 8001 S. Orange Blossom Trail, Microsoft Store December 29, 2012 3:00pm-4:45pm Prize fund $400 in prizes/Entry fee: $20 *** based on 20 entries*** USCF rated event G/10 8-Round Swiss Tournament (bring your clock) Bring your “A” Game! * * * 1st place- XBOX […]

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Orrin Hudson has been traveling around America with lessons for life. He has a number of motivational slogans such as “think it out… don’t shoot it out” which are that much more relevant in the wake of the massacre in Newtown, Connecticut. More on that later. Hudson made his international debut in the Philippines and […]

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The 22nd Annual North American Open will be held December 26-30, 2012 at Bally‚Äôs Casino Resort, 3645 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, Nevada. The event has a $120,000 projected prize fund (based on 600 entries) with $90,000 guaranteed! The event has 7 sections: Open, Under-2300, Under-2100, Under-1900, Under-1700, Under-1500 and Under-1250. The Open Section […]

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Ghana holding Nationals!

Defending Champion Kojo Hasfordrepresenting Ghana at the Chess Olympiad in Istanbul.Photo by Daaim Shabazz. Received an announcement from Kwadwo Bonsu that Ghana will be holding its national championship beginning on the 22nd. There are a list of invitees below including the defending champion and Olympian, Kojo Hasford. Details are forthcoming as they become available. The […]

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From Clive Mphambela on Facebook… Friends please note that the Zim Open is on 29th Dec to 1st January 2013. Entry Fees are $10.00 Adults $5.00 Scholars. $20.00 will be paid by Visitors. IM’s Chitumbo Mwale, Gwaze, Mabusela, FM Makoto Are invited and will be exempt from entry fees. They will be paid for by […]

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The 2012 World Minds Sports Games in progress in Beijing, China. This unique tournament will feature five sports including bridge, go, draughts, xiangqi (Chinese chess) and international chess. This tournament features an number of top players in each of these mind sports competing in different categories. For chess, it will be rapid, blitz and blindfold. […]

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Magnus Carlsen broke the all-time ELO record. Photo by Ray Morris Hill. The latest story in chess comes out of London as Magnus Carlsen has officially broke the rating record that Garry Kasparov had held for some 13 years. There were immediately questions of whether Carlsen would break 2900, but of course with the Norwegian […]

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Phiona Mutesi speaking at New York’s Marshall Chess Club with coach Robert Katende. Photo by Latisha Ballard. Phiona Mutesi has had a whirlwind experience since participating in the 2010 Olympiad in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia. This is not Prince Akeem’s fictitious “Coming to America,” but a true story of a Ugandan schoolgirl who has found a path […]

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Justus Williams of Bronx Center of Science and Mathematics won the 9th grade section of the K-12 Championship last weekend in Orlando with a blistering 6/7. He ended in a virtual tie with Andy Shao, but with superior tiebreaks. Williams had beaten Shao in round four. The Bronx native is now on track to become […]

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