Month: February 2015

  • New in Chess (2015/1)

    Bobby Fischer died in January 2009 at age 64. He continues to be in discussions and the latest New in Chess has a special feature with him on the cover. However, the story is about Miguel Najdorf’s experience during the time of World War II and thereafter. This story goes…

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  • Opinion/Editorials

    Nakamura soaring in early 2015

    Hikaru Nakamura has started strongly in 2015. Photo by Eteri Kublashvili. Hikaru Nakamura started the year trying to rebound after a mediocre result in the London Classic and being relegated to America’s #2 position after Wesley So’s impressive showing at the Tata Steel. While there were no public comments by…

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  • Drum Majors

    The Drum Majors of Chess: Part Three

    Chess enthusiasts and supporters, Chess Grandmaster. That title carries a ring of prestige… an aura of honor. It is a coveted title worn by only a relative few. Unfortunately, few in the Black community have been fortunate enough to reach such chess attainment. In the first two segments of this…

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  • Rwanda chess making strides!

    Mini-Chess Seminar Following the success of the 40th Year TPLF Anniversary Cup in Ethiopia, the focus now moves to Rwanda where MiniChess master trainer Malusi Lekalakala has just completed another successful series of training sessions. Malusi Lekalakala conducting the “train the trainers” seminar. Malusi was in the country from the…

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  • Ethiopia-Kenya-Uganda build chess bridges!

    Chess Kenya and the Ethiopian Chess Federation recently held a tournament in Mekele, Tigrai, Ethiopia to foster a better sense of cooperation in the region. Bordering Kenya on the northeast, a Kenyan delegation traveled to partake in the festival at the same time the country was celebrating the 40th Year…

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  • The Drum Majors of Chess: Part Two

    Chess enthusiasts and supporters,

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  • Akinseye interviews ACC’s Lewis Ncube

    Akinyele Akinseye A very important interview has been conducted by Nigeria’s Akinseye Akinleye of Lewis Ncube, the President of the African Chess Confederation (ACC). It covers a wide range of topics from the new structure of the African Championships (including automatic GM titles), the African Grand Prix and expansion to…

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  • Millionaire Chess

    The Chess Drum turns 14!

    Dear friends and supporters, At the FIDE Congress at 2014 Chess Olympiad in Tromso, Norway. The scarf was presented to me by Ethiopian delegate, Ghidey Debessu. Photo by Daaim Shabazz. On February 12, 2015, The Chess Drum turns fourteen years old! It is amazing when reflecting how many stories have…

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  • Drum Majors

    The Drum Majors of Chess: Part One

    Chess enthusiasts and supporters, As part of Black History Month tribute in 2015, The Chess Drum will provide an overview of Black trailblazers in the history of chess. In this three-part series, we will look at the pioneers of the 19th century, the 20th-century surge in masters, and finally the…

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  • Drum Majors

    14-year old Emmanuel Carter makes Master!

    “What motivates me to play chess is just wanting to win and be the best!” ~Emmanuel Carter~ North Carolina is quietly becoming a hotbed of young chess talent. With a very active state organization along with a U.S. Chess League team Carolina Cobras (including Duke collegiate IM Kassa Korley) and…

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