Archive for March, 2015

Amy Lee The Chess Drum was able to catch up with Amy Lee who is busy strategizing for the Millionaire Chess Open to be held from October 8th-12th, 2015. Leading up to the March 31st $1,000.00 deadline, there is quite a bit of optimism about the numbers and there are rumblings that a number of […]

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Majur Juac’s story is the kind that often go untold in chess. Many of those in the American chess circuit may be oblivious to the hundreds of wonderful life stories that can be told by chess players at any given tournament. The travesty is that we rarely get a chance to hear anything of a […]

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John Urschel of the Baltimore Ravens.Chris Graythen/Getty Images. An interesting article on NPR profiles John Urschel who plays offensive lineman for the Baltimore Ravens of the National Football League. At 6’3″ and 300 pounds, he is made for football, but his mind is no less keen for mind sports. In American football, there is a […]

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FM Ronald Simpson passed away in 2013 from cancer, but his memory is living on. Bob Ali of the Kingsmen Chess Club is holding a tribute in his honor next week in Brooklyn, New York. The tournament will be a four-round Swiss format and will run on consecutive Tuesdays beginning at 6:00pm. Simpson was residing […]

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Daaim Shabazz with Erick Takawira in Durban, South Africa. While on a recent visit in South Africa, The Chess Drum’s Daaim Shabazz got a chance to meet with two members of the South African chess community. Bruce Tendai Mubayiwa had been in contact with Shabazz and began to tell others about the pending visit of […]

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After having difficulties in finding a sponsor, the 2015 Women’s World Championship is underway. Back in January, FIDE had announced that the games would be held in March. However the games will not feature the current World Champion Hou Yifan who is currently playing in the Hawaii Chess Festival. She will receive a chance to […]

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Plans for Millionaire Chess Open are at full steam, but the deadline of the $1000 entry fee is fast approaching. The fee will go up to US$1250 after March 31st. Already more than 300 players have registered for the tournament that drew nearly 600 players last year. Wesley So was the big winner and has […]

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GM Kenny Solomon being feted by CHESSA and Western Cape authority.Photo by Mitchell Plains Chess. Kenny Solomon has appeared on The Chess Drum almost since its inception and it goes without saying that his talents have been known for quite some time. Having first gotten exposed to U.S. players in 2001 at both the World […]

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