Archive for July, 2015

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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IM Odion Aikhoje gave some interesting professional insights about the marketing of chess in an informative half-hour conversation. He has a Master’s degree in sports marketing management. The 2015 World Open remains America’s marquee event… for right now. It has staying power, but of course its consistency may suggest that a few tweaks are needed. […]

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Alex Lenderman continues a nice run of tournaments after winning the 2015 World Open. Lenderman actually tied with seven other players to finish the tournament on 7/9. Of course all players will be considered co-champions, but there were be a playoff tiebreak to decide who would receive the additional $300.00. However, the path to the […]

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43rd Annual World Open June 30-July 5, 2015 Hyatt Regency Crystal City 2799 Jefferson Davis Highway Arlington, Virginia The historic World Open was held this past weekend at Crystal City Hyatt in Arlington, Virginia for the third consecutive year before returning to Philadelphia. This year made even more apparent that the youth movement has hit […]

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