Archive for January, 2013

Back in 2007, I visited London, England for the first time to attend a conference held by the International Academy of African Business Development (IAABD) at London Metropolitan University. I had heard much about the famed metropolis of eight million, but particularly the rainy, gloomy days and pedestrian congestion. While these notions were true, there […]

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JAMAICAN CHESS CHAMPION TOO GOOD IN 2012 FREDERICK CAMERON CHESS TOURNAMENT! Damion Davy received 1st place cup from Fred Cameron,co-founder of Jamaica Chess Federation. FIDE Candidate Master (“FCM”) and two-time Jamaican Chess champion Damion Davy proved too good for the opposition beating all whom he played to register a 5-0 clean sweep and take top […]

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As we begin a new year there are some very exciting stories on tap including the upcoming Tata Steel Chess Tournament, the Candidates match in March. There are also from very exciting players emerging from a variety of countries. The Chess Drum posted 215 stories in 2012 (including live coverage of 2012 Olympiad) and plans […]

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In a week’s time, Wijk aan Zee will host the its silver 75th edition of the Tatat Chess Chess Tournament. The average rating is 2732 is not quite as strong as last year’s 2754, but nevertheless a strong one indeed. The highest-rated player ever in Magnus Carlsen and world number three Levon Aronian will be […]

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A Saving Grace?? There are a number of endings that look totally hopeless and many times, endings come down to the strength of the pawns. In the following position, the lone white bishop is trying to stop three healthy, connected passed pawns. Ironically, if the black pawns were weaker and scattered apart, black would still […]

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FM Morris Giles Most people remember the old “lion and the lamb” fable. While these two animals are polar opposites in strength and character, their traits can sometimes be complementary… as the fable (and many like it) has shown. One can have the strength of a lion and the humility of a lamb, but finding […]

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January 2013 FIDE Ratings

Magnus Carlsen broke the all-time rating record of Garry Kasparov. He now tips the scales on the live chart at 2861. Photo by Ray Morris-Hill. The well-anticipated rating list has been released and atop the chart is Magnus Carlsen at 2861, a new record has been birthed. After a sterling performance at the London Chess […]

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Battle of Kings! After this pawn ending we will move onto other themes. Ending with few pieces on the board are often the hardest because a slight mistake results in the loss of a half- or full-point. In this position white has a chance to win this position, however there are subtleties and care must […]

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