Archive for February, 2013

As years go by, we often wonder about people who have entered our lives and have perhaps made an impression. In the chess world, there was a person who served tirelessly in helping smaller federations, particularly those in Africa and the Caribbean. He was also known for his support of “Afro-American” players and lent his […]

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Maurice Ashley and William Morrison. . . the #1 and #2 ‘Black Bears’.Copyright © 1996, Jerome Bibuld. GM Maurice Ashley was recently featured The Moth Radio Hour in a very interesting story about his rise in the Black Bear School of Chess. This is not the normal Ashley story about being born in Jamaica in […]

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The 6th Metropolitan chess championships will take place this weekend in Palapye where the top 20men and top 20 women will crack their heads in a fiercely anticipated chess tournament. The Sponsor The tournament is sponsored by Metropolitan to the tune of P80,000. This is the 6th year that Metropolitan and Botswana Chess Federation have […]

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Chess in Togo!

Togo delegation at the General Assembly in Istanbul, Turkey. Photo by Daaim Shabazz. Togo is a very modest country of 6.7 million sandwiched between Ghana and Benin. It is a country known primarily for it cocoa, but they are now known for something else… a budding chess community. I met two of the members from […]

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I have seen a number of chess movies such as “Searching for Bobby Fischer,” “Fresh” and “The Luhzin Defense“. I recently ordered “Brooklyn Castle” shortly after it became available on download since my review copy had not arrived. So this review is a bit late. It was released on October 19, 2012 with great anticipation […]

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Dear friends and supporters, At the old World Hall of Fame in Miami in 2001, the inaugural year of The Chess Drum. Today is the 12th birthday for The Chess Drum! It has been an interesting ride and a much more challenging transition in the age of social networking. With the rise of Facebook and […]

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Over the 12 years of its existence (February 12, 2001), The Chess Drum has brought many stories Black History Month. There have been many essays and even quizzes! This year we will provide more imagery than words. The history of Black Chess is replete with so many interesting stories, many yet untold. In the coming […]

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Rochelle Ballantyne, Justus Williams and Pobo Efekoro on the red carpet at the NAACP Image Awards in Los Angeles, California. Photo by Brian Schulz (@brianJschulz). “Brooklyn Castle” has been a sensation and has already received numerous accolades from the movie industry. It was recently nominated for Best Documentary (Theatrical or Television) at the NAACP Image […]

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Barack Hussein Obama44th President of the United States After having won his re-election bid and after his subsequent inauguration on January 21, 2013, President Barack Hussein Obama will embark on journey to cement his legacy. He won a very contentious race against Governor Mitt Romney with 51%-47% margin. The second term may also be accented […]

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IM Emory Tate We are into another year of chess and the U.S. circuit has already begun, but 2012 ended with a bang. The North American Open in Las Vegas had a strong open section with 80 players (16 GMs, 13 IMs) and perhaps a number of chess-turned poker players. World Series of Poker champion […]

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