Archive for December, 2012

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’s 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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