Archive for April, 2014

“We’ve got stuff planned for chess players that they’ve never seen!” With The Millionaire Chess Open being only five months away, The Chess Drum interviewed GM Maurice Ashley yesterday for the first time since making the decision to continue with the thrust to hold the Millionaire Chess Open. The Chess Drum also conducted an interview […]

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Theophilus Augustus Thompson Theophilus Thompson has appeared on this website many, many times. He is a legend in the annals of chess history, not only as a pioneer in the worldwide Black community, but as one who blazed the trail in chess composition. A couple of months ago I received good news out of California […]

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Ivy Amoko There was a brief interview of Uganda’s Ivy Amoko who will lead her team to Tromso, Norway to compete in the Chess Olympiad. In the last Olympiad in Istanbul, Turkey, she earned the title of Woman Candidate Master (WCM) and is the reigning National Ladies Champion. Her interview covered a wide range of […]

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Hikaru Nakamura has been signed as a sponsor by one of the most recognizable global brands, Red Bull. The energy drink company is known for its caffeine-ladened formula and has sponsored some of the most daring athletes including the skydiver Felix Baumgartner who made a 128,100 foot jump from space. While Nakamura has not done […]

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New in Chess (2014/2)

Levon Aronian is a self-described “hippie” and graces the covers of the current New in Chess. Winning the Tata Steel Chess Tournament was not exactly a surprise and the Armenian asserted his #2 status. There is a lengthy interview with Dirk Jan ten Geuzendam in which he reveals his mellow charms. With a storied career […]

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On Saturday, April 19, Uganda’s Junior chess champion Phiona Mutesi and her coach, Robert Katende will begin a 33 day tour of the U.S. to share her inspiring story of chess, education and faith coming together to create an amazing life transformation. Phiona Mutesi’s story is told in the book “The Queen of Katwe” (Scribner, […]

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South Africa continues to forge ahead with “Moves for Life” initiative launched in 2010. President Jacob Zuma gave the program his full backing and the program has sprouted to offer chess instruction to thousands of young boys and girls. Some of the takeaway benefits are motor skills, critical thinking, concentration and discipline. All of these […]

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Serdon Cowan, “Kasparov impressed with strides being made in local chess,” Jamaica Observer, 6 April 2014. * * * RUSSIAN chess Grandmaster Garry Kasparov graced the Jamaica Chess Federation with his presence at an Amateur Chess tournament held at the AISK School in Liguanea yesterday. Kasparov, who is on a worldwide tour to lobby support […]

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On Thursday, April 10th, Sean Miller will host a seminal event aptly titled, “The State of Chess in America”. The event will be held at the historic Marshall Chess Club and feature a diverse set of chess luminaries to discuss this critical topic. The event will be streaming live on YouTube at “Sean Miller Chess” […]

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Post by Maurice Ashley. GM Maurice Ashley has quelled the suspense surrounding the Millionaire Chess Open by posting the shortest, but most authoritative announcement. After the announcement of the initial 65 players registered by March 31, there was some speculation to whether the tournament would happen. In his letter to the public Ashley stated that, […]

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