Month: July 2013

  • Justus prevails at U.S. Cadet!

    Justus Williams, 2013 Cadet Co-ChampionPhoto by Elizabeth Spiegel. Justus Williams has come a long from being the soft-spoken boy with the long dreadlock mane. The last five years have been a whirlwind for the 15-year old from the Bronx, New York. He is now a slender, clean-cut, bespeckled high school…

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  • 2013 U.S. Cadet Championship

    2013 U.S. Cadets (L-R): Justus Williams, Ruifeng Li, Michael Brown, Joshua Colas, Christopher Wu, Varun Krishnan, James Black, David Hua. The 2013 U.S. Cadet Championship will begin today with eight of the top juniors under the age of 16. The tournament will take place July 20th-22nd at the Rockville Hilton…

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  • “Train for Thought” holds 1st Tourney

    L-R: Vielka McFarlane CEO Celerity Education Group; Camille Carson Director of After-school Programs; Damen Fletcher, Exec Director/Founder Train of Thought. LOS ANGELES, CA (June 2013) – Train of Thought, a chess education nonprofit focused on teaching the game of chess to children and youth throughout Los Angeles, CA and the…

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  • 2013 DSK Chess Championship (S. Africa)

    South Africa recently hosted the Commonwealth Championship and was graced with an appearance of Garry Kasparov. The momentum continues as a strong invitational will begin today featuring a number of Grandmasters and several regional hopefuls. Sergey Tiviakov, the globetrotting chess player, will lead a field of 13 players in the…

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  • World Open shines in new home

    Cuba’s GM Lazaro Bruzon The World Open has found a home in Philadelphia for more than 25 years. The 41st edition took place in its new home of Arlington, Virginia. The tournament attracted more than 1200 players and it seems as if players were satisfied with the new venue. Every…

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  • Opinion/Editorials

    Kasparov’s impact on African Chess

    Uganda Chess President Vianney Luggya receiving Garry Kasparov. Photo by New Vision. Former World Champion Garry Kasparov recently embarked upon an Africa tour covering several countries. Since his retirement in 2005, Kasparov has not rested. He has been a prolific author and has been active in the political realm as…

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  • New in Chess (2013/4)

    Veselin Topalov’s return to form in elite chess is perhaps one of the brighter stories in the past year. After losing to Viswanathan Anand a couple of years ago, Topalov got married and seemed to drift away from the spotlight. Some opined that he had become disinterested in chess and…

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  • Sabrina Chevannes releases new book!

    WFM Sabrina Chevannes has told The Chess Drum that she is releasing a new children’s book on chess. It will be release in about a month and published by Batsford, the company known for producing many popular chess titles. Chevannes has had a storied career winning many national titles and…

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  • Ghana

    Inside look at Ghana Chess

    Dr. Kwame Nkrumah Ghana is a place that many decide to choose for their initial visit to Africa. The reasons are many, but typically Ghana has an intricate blend of qualities that make it a very lovable place… the energy and happiness of the people are perhaps the most noted.…

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  • Interviews

    New Nakamura Interview!

    Photo by Daaim Shabazz In the latest interview with Hikaru Nakamura, we see a more mature and refined persona of one of the world’s top players. Fading are the visions of his internet days and comments about his ability to excel only at blitz. He has certainly proven himself an…

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