Archive for July, 2014

Marcus Mosiah Garvey Marcus Garvey was famous for his revolutionary movement at the turn of the 20th century known as the Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA). At the height of his powers, he attracted nearly 4,000,000 followers. His idea was to unite all of those of African ancestry under the banner of Pan-Africanism for political, […]

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Finally meeting the legendary Walter Harris at 2014 World Open! Walter Harris is someone that the chess world may not know of, but those who have followed stories of The Chess Drum realize his importance in the annals of chess history. Harris, 72, is the first player of African descent to earn the title of […]

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Emory Tate Delivers a Legendary Performance at the Fremont Summer Chess Camp International Master Emory Tate stunned the Bay Area’s best young chess players by achieving a perfect score in a massive simultaneous chess exhibition at the Torres Chess and Music Academy’s Fremont Summer Chess Camp. IM Emory Tate played the black pieces most games. […]

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There has been a wave of campaign activity in Africa which seems to be the region where candidates are focusing a lot of attention. It may be called “The Scramble for Africa“. A few months back there was a sparring match between incumbent Kirsan Ilyumzhinov and challenger Garry Kasparov over who had garnered the support […]

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Legal documents have been filed with the FIDE Electoral Commission by the Kasparov campaign accusing the Kirsan Ilyumzhinov campaign with a list of violations including illegally changing the identity of the voting delegates for Gabon and Afghanistan. The complaints also state that FIDE has listed “Netherland Antilles” as a voting member though the Dutch territory […]

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The 4th President’s Cup Chess Championships lived up to expectation when it attracted top players in the sub-region as well as the Indian Grandmaster Sriram Jha who won the FIDE rated section with 7½ points out of 9. The Championships were made up of three tournaments; the FIDE rated section, the Open section and the […]

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The World Open is a bonanza that attracts so many chess aficionados far and wide. Each year, droves of competitors assemble on the tournament not only to play, but to socialize and to participate in America’s most well-known tournament. The 2014 World Open would be memorable for a number of reasons. Dominique Myers earned his […]

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The World Open remains America’s premier open tournament as players from around the world assemble to compete for the nation’s largest prize fund of $250,000 of which $200,000 is guaranteed. The tournament was held June 30-July 6, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City, 2799 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, Virginia. Ilya Smirin (center left) found […]

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The historic World Open is being held in Arlington, Virginia for the second year in a row at the Crystal City Hyatt. The field has attracted a strong Cuban contingent including defending champion Lazaro Bruzon and Cuba’s national champion Isan Reynaldo Ortiz Suarez. A horde of international players are in the field which should make […]

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IM Kassa Korley at 2014 World Open.Photo by Daaim Shabazz. FM Kassa Korley just earned his third International Master norm and thus qualified for the title. His ELO rating already exceeds the minimum 2400 requirement. The Duke collegiate recently finished a study aboard program in Denmark and tallied strong results in Danish tournaments including a […]

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