Archive for July, 2015

Florida is a long state. From Tallahassee to Miami is 7-8 hours drive. Thus, many of the major tournaments are held in the central part of Florida, the state’s tourist capitol of Orlando. The Southern Open took place as the Wyndham International Resort July 24th-26th and attracted a trio of Grandmasters. Julio Becerra was joined […]

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A banner in honor of Jamaica’s founding father, Enos Grant. It was unfurled at the inaugural Enos Grant Blitz Memorial which was won by Ras Malaku Lorne. Photo by JCF. Jamaican chess continues to make progressive strides after positive exposure by tireless leader Ian Wilkinson QC. He was re-elected for yet another term as President. […]

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SMITH RETAINS JUNIOR CHESS CROWN – 19/07/15 Calabar sixth-former National Master Shreyas Smith captured the 2015 National Junior Chess Championship on Sunday, when he defeated his main rival Horace Sinclair in a four game playoff match at the head office of the Jamaica Olympic Association. Smith was the defending champion having won his first junior […]

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IM Emory Tate is perhaps the most selfless player around. His willingness to wander by random analysis sessions and suggest a move is uncommon among master-level players. He does it with such flair and expression that he often leaves bystanders gawking at his suggestions. (Note: Yes… it’s happened to me.) IM Emory Tate conducting a […]

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The second Millionaire Chess Open is less than three months away. Three satellite tournaments have been held in Africa with one slated for St. Louis. Registration has topped 500 with nearly 50 Grandmasters competing for a chance at the $100,000 prize. While the temperature is hitting triple-digits in Las Vegas, nothing is hotter than the […]

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KCF President Githinji Hinga introduces GM Nigel Short. Photo by Kim Bhari. Whilst the drama of the Tsogo Sun Millionaire Satellite event was unfolding over the weekend, GM Nigel Short was concluding his African tour with a 3- day visit to Kenya! Nigel was the guest of honour at the 2015 NAIROBI GYMKHANA BLITZ CHESS […]

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The Millionaire Chess Satellite tournament had thrills and spills as the tournament crown and spoils went to blitz tiebreaks after a three-way tie in nine rounds of play. IM Johannes Mabusela of South Africa had led through most of the tournament scoring six wins in a row before taking a short draw with IM Chitumbo […]

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The Chess Drum caught up with Adisa Banjoko of the Hip Hop Chess Federation (HHCF) to discuss his new projects, the challenges, the successes and the organization’s sprawling new space for classes. The HHCF is on the move once again and has been progressive in trying to establish an fusion between different artistic expressions to […]

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Eight years ago, Orrin Hudson released his instructional book, “One Move at a Time“. The book is filled with basic instruction enveloped in motivational messages throughout. He basically toted his book along on his speaking engagements. By his account, he has sold 4,000 copies. Recently, Hudson decided it was time to put the book on […]

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In a continuing initiative to help the African continent improve playing standards Kasparov Chess Foundation for Africa has released statistical tables for the Africa continent. These stats include metrics such as Country Rankings, Country Statistics, Top 20 African Players and others. What is surprising is that these analytical tables had not previously been compiled by […]

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IM Johannes Mabusela with a clean sheet. Photo by Reint Dykema. IM Johannes Mabusela is in form as he leads the Millionaire Satellite tournament on 6/6 after beating GM Kenny Solomon (South Africa) in round six. The tournament is being held in Johannesburg and is the last of the satellite tournaments for the Millionaire Chess […]

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Caruana faced Nakamura at last year’s Sinquefield. Both will compete in this year’s event as well as the Millionaire Open. Photo by uschesschamps.com. On June 26th, Fabiano Caruana was officially listed under the U.S. Chess Federation. This move comes after last year’s transfer of Wesley So of the Philippines. Along with Hikaru Nakamura, these three […]

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Kirby Ashley is releasing a short film on Black chess players next month and has produced a trailer. It is basically shot within the Chicago chess scene usually taking place in private homes, coffee shops, fast food joints, barber shops, parks and beach fronts. Ashley told The Chess Drum, “I just completed on The History […]

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The field for the Tsogo Sun Millionaire Satellite has just been boosted by the inclusion of GM Kenny Solomon who confirmed his participation yesterday morning. There are now only 4 days to go to the start of the third and final Satellite event tournament and players who still wish to participate are asked to register […]

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IM Watu Kobese with “Masidlale Uthimba”. Photo by Mariska Morris. Chess has now been written in yet another language… the language of Xhosa. Author IM Watu Kobese has made chess available in this language again showing the game’s universality. It will aid in reaching the rural areas of South Africa. The first time I heard […]

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