Archive for December, 2014

Chinese men became Olympiad champions for the first time!Photo by Daaim Shabazz. The year 2014 was an interesting campaign and The Chess Drum covered the action in 240 published articles. Magnus Carlsen successfully defended his title in November and we have a new Olympiad champion in China… the men!! The balance of power in chess […]

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New in Chess (2014/8)

Alexander Grischuk has long been known as a supreme talent and recently breached the 2800 barrier after winning the Tigran Petrosian Memorial. The scruffy-looking and once dread-locked Russian has again been put on the short list of championship contenders. Polish phenom Jan-Krzysztof Duda brings up such an important point in his “The Next Generation” article. […]

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A couple of years back, a very important book was released about a girl from a poor African village. Her name was “Phiona”… from one of the poorest continents, poorest countries, poorest city and… a girl. It was a gripping story which showed how difficult life can be for some in African villages. Phiona’s life […]

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Watching China and India receiving the gold and bronze medals at the 2014 Chess Olympiad was quite a testament and affirmation to the globalization of chess. It was the first men’s medal for a team from Asia and Cuba also made a good showing. This is certainly a good sign that chess is in a […]

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The Gambia Chess Federation on Saturday 27th December 2014 opened its headquarters meant to enhance the activities of the federation, in Manjai Kunda. The opening of the bureau also saw the federation stage a day’s rapid tournament, which was won by Gambia’s third candidate master Ebrima Bah alias Kuru Boy, who went home with seven […]

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Chess seems to be making a foray into Francophone Africa, a place that is home to many strategy games, but especially draughts. Burkina Faso joined FIDE in Tromso, Norway becoming one of the latest nations to join the fraternity of chess nations. Like many places, the Burkinabè chess community started from humble beginnings with the […]

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For those of you who don’t know where Lesotho is, it is nearly encapsulated in the South African land mass. It has a relatively young chess community and thus there are a few initiatives that have sprouted there. According to the organization’s website, Marisa van der Merwe developed the program, MiniChess because of her passion […]

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PRESIDENT’S CHRISTMAS MESSAGE TO MEMBERS OF THE JAMAICA CHESS FEDERATION Dear Members, This is to wish for you and yours a tremendous Christmas season and a truly fantastic 2015 when it comes. I also extend similar sentiments to our Caribbean brothers and sisters, regional federations and the wider chess community led by the World Chess […]

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Chess has become quite a magnet at schools across the American landscape. Schools at every level have sought to have chess as either a recreational activity or one that is an integral part of their school curriculum. One of the largest tournaments in the U.S. history was the 2013 Supernational held in Nashville, Tennessee in […]

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