2015 Ronald Simpson Chess Challenge

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 in North Carolina at the time of his death and was celebrated there as a humble and selfless person who gave so much to the chess community. Of course, Simpson was also a legend in the Brooklyn scene as part of the “Black Bear School of Chess”. His life was celebrated at his Brooklyn funeral and his close friend Maurice Ashley gave a stirring tribute in his memory. This is the latest effort to honor his memory.

Photo from North Carolina Chess Association.

Daaim Shabazz

Dr. Daaim Shabazz is the creator and webmaster of The Chess Drum. He serves as a tenured faculty member of Global Business & Marketing at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Florida, USA. He holds an MBA in Marketing and a doctorate in International Affairs & Development. He has served the journalist community for more than 30 years and still competes in tournaments occasionally.


  1. A good gesture. Hopefully the event will be well supported and become an annual fixture. Good luck to the organisers!

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