Archive for May, 2013

Hudson has launched a $10,000 fundraiser to reach his goal to teach one million youth. He has collected $4,300 so far. He is seeking to raise the rest by June 3rd. For those who are familiar with Orrin Hudson’s story, they can attest that from humbling beginnings he has blazed a trail destined to make […]

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GM Ray RobsonPhoto by Daaim Shabazz. Chicago is an iconic city for so many reasons… its memorable skyline, museums, restaurants and of course its sports. While chess would not be one of the first sports to characterize Chicago, it does have a fixture here as North Avenue Beach has been a mainstay of visiting chess […]

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New in Chess (2013/3)

Once again Magnus Carlsen is the cover story of the latest New in Chess. Carlsen has become a regular cover story of NIC… seemingly every few issues. Perhaps he has gotten used to being the new “Cover Boy” of chess and gracing billboards doesn’t hurt his exposure either. After his ascendancy as the world’s top-rated […]

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WIM Shrook Wafa and GM Bassem Amin(2013 African Champions) Home to the “Hannibal of Carthage” lore, the beautiful and historic Tunisia hosted the 2013 African Individual Chess Championships. Players from nine African countries were competing for three qualifying spots for the World Cup in Tromso, Norway this November. After nine rounds of tough battles, GM […]

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Tanzania is one of the most scenic countries in Africa. When I traveled to Arusha, Tanzania in 2010, I was enthralled by the warmth of the people and the natural beauty of the landscape. Of course there were the wonderful safari outings that are a must-see! The fledgling chess community of Tanzania will host an […]

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We’ve Got to Change the Game! Life is Chess, Not Checkers Orrin Hudson will celebrate his 50th birthday with a charity chess event. Photo courtesy of Besomeone. Orrin “Checkmate” Hudson, Founder of Be Someone, Inc, the nation’s most vocal crime prevention non-profit organization for at risk youth, will be hosting the Annual Chess for Charity […]

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Kevin Fite continues to create opportunities for Detroit youth in the hard-scrabble Midwestern metropolis. Fite is one of the principal founder of the Detroit City Chess Club (DCCC) and has great support from Detroit Institute of Arts where he holds events. Coach Bryan Wilson, Sr. addresses the audience during DCCC event. DCCC founder Kevin Fite […]

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Nigeria is Africa’s most populous country and boasts a wealth of talent within its boundaries. The country may be known for its petroleum “sweet crude” but the country is also home to the celebrated “Golden Eagle” tradition. Its football team is a threat every year in the African Cup, has won three times and is […]

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IM Samy ShokerPhoto taken from Wikipedia. When is it possible to get +6 (7.5/9) in a tournament and not win? When you are playing in the African Zone 4.2 and playing in the same field as Samy “The Shocker” Shoker. That’s exactly what happened in Egypt when the French-Egyptian overcame an early loss to IM […]

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The African continental championship has begun in Tunis, Tunisia and three spots for the World Cup qualifying tournament (Tromso, Norway, 10th August-5th September) are at stake. The field appears to be tremendously void of players from Sub-Saharan Africa, most notably from Zambia who announced plans to withdraw a week ago. Thus, this field will raise […]

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St. Louis was settled by Pierre Laclède and Auguste Chouteau and named after French king Saint Louis, this city of 318,000 is known for its baseball and the iconic Gateway Arch. It is also a place of childhood memories for me. When by parents drove from Chicago to East St. Louis, Illinois (across the bridge […]

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National Championships generally bring together the country’s top players and thus a diverse collection of personalities. The 2013 U.S. Chess Championship had a nice mixture of veterans and youth to make the tournament interesting from beginning to end. The Chess Drum conducted the following interviews during the Championship. GM Fidel Corrales Jiminez – This Cuban […]

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While Alejandro Ramirez may have been the crowd favorite, his career tournament would not end with a fitting ending. Ramirez had talled a strong 6.5/9 along with Gata Kamsky, but Kamsky won the Armageddon game convincingly to win the 2013 U.S. Championship. The first two games were hard-fought but petered out into textbook rook and […]

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GM Maurice Ashley did an excellent job with on the spot analysis. WGM Jennifer Shahade and GM Yasser Seirawan gave star commentary and kept the broadcast interesting. What a great team the three make! Wow! What an ending. Alejandro Ramirez came through with a clutch win over Larry Christiansen putting him in a virtual tie […]

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In the penultimate round of the 2013 U.S. Championships, excitement simmered at the prospect of clinching results by leaders Gata Kamsky and Irina Krush. The pivotal matchup of Abrahamyan-Krush was going to be the crowd-pleaser. Tatev Abrahamyan tried a bold approach against Irina Krush.Photo by Daaim Shabazz. In this Sicilian Taimanov, there a serious battle […]

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