Month: October 2014

  • Be Someone in Lithonia on 11/15 at 10!

    Here’s a question for you… Can chess save lives? If your instructor is Orrin “Checkmate” Hudson, the answer is, “Definitely!” Brian, Orrin and Aaron at BeSomeone offices. Hudson will bring his life-size chess board and special chess instructional skills to the Lithonia Stonecrest Library, Saturday, November 15, 10 a.m. –…

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  • Media Stories

    Jones Murphy’s Law: Thoughts on Millionaire Chess

        Jones Murphy, Jr. decided to come out of a long hiatus to compete in the Millionaire Chess Open. In fact he was one of the more vocal supporters of this event and took and active role in extolling its importance. Despite being out of tournament chess for 12…

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  • Detroit City Chess Club on Public TV!

    Kevin Fite has been doing good deeds with Detroit City Chess Club for many years. One of his products Jimmy Canty just scored big at the Millionaire Chess Open in Vegas. The Detroit City Chess Club has become a mainstay as part of the culture of Detroit and recently the…

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  • Reflections of the 2014 Millionaire Chess Open

    Since the Millionaire Chess Open ended, I have read several accounts of the historic event. Most were favorable; some were mixed; some were critical. As is custom in my coverage of major tournaments The Chess Drum covers live, I do a reflections piece. It recounts my overall experiences along with…

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  • “Living Like Kings” panel… HOT!!!

    Adisa Banjoko has a life which if it was a book would be an exciting drama/romance/thriller. That’s how rich his experiences have been. Having navigated through many turbulent times, but finding an outlet in hip-hop, Adisa knew that this genre possessed magical and mystical powers. He wrote two volumes of…

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  • Millionaire Chess

    Drum Interviews @ Millionaire Chess Open

    The Millionaire Chess Open has come and gone, but will not be soon forgotten. The four-day festival culminated with an exciting playoff and in the end GM Wesley So came out victorious. The 21-year old Filipino was expressive at the closing ceremony and could be seen milling out in a…

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  • Wesley So wins 1st Millionaire Open!!

    Wesley So wins 1st Millionaire Open and $100,000!! Amy Lee and Maurice Ashley present a triumphant Wesley So with the winner’s check.Photo by Paul Truong. GM Wesley So told The Chess Drum that he was skeptical about the tournament a month ago, but decided to play at the urging of…

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  • Millionaire Chess Open: Day Three

    Six-way tie for first in Open… perfect score in under-2000! Everyone wants to be an millionaire… and even a few thousand dollars richer. Aderemi Adekola of Chicago was happy to win his game over Jones Murphy on the top board of the under-2000 section putting him on 6/6. There are…

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  • Millionaire Chess Open: Day Two

    Yu Yangyi on 4/4 after Day Two… Five GMs on 3.5/5 Webster University: Susan Polgar, GM Le Quang Liem, GM Ray Robson, GM Wesley So, IM Aswin Jayaram Webster University came in full-force to the Millionaire Chess Open with several players including world’s #14 Wesley So, Le Quang Liem and…

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  • Millionaire Chess Open: Day One

    As the players were milling about in the dining area for breakfast you could tell there was something different about this event. Everyone present seemed to be in a good mood as players from around the U.S. and 41 other countries assembled in Las Vegas for The Millionaire Chess Open.…

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