Archive for February, 2016

Dear friends and supporters, Today (February 12th, 2016), The Chess Drum is 15 years old! It’s been a long journey. Most probably cannot imagine how difficult it is to maintain a website for this length of time. It is not an easy task requiring copious amounts of “sweat equity”. There have been many interesting stories […]

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Photo by Daaim Shabazz. The U.S. Chess Hall of Fame has announced the induction of two new members, GMs Gata Kamsky and Maurice Ashley. Both have been mainstays on the American chess scene in veritably different ways. Both come from immigrant families and both were raised with an idea that they were destined for success. […]

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(Editor’s note: This article was originally written as an exclusive for U.S. Chess Online and was posted on February 1st.) FM Josh Colas at 2015 Chicago Open.Photo by Daaim Shabazz. In the chess world, we often believe we know a talented young player when we see one. How many times in America have we heard […]

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Hikaru Nakamura recently won the 2016 Gibraltar International after defeating Maxime Vachier-Lagrave in a playoff match. Both ended on 8/9 after a thrilling finale featuring wins by both players. If there were a Chess Oscar being awarded for 2015, Hikaru Nakamura would be on the short list of candidates… very short list. He played consistent […]

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Botswana’s Naledi MarapaPhoto courtesy of The Midweek Sun. Some months back there was story about an adorable chess player out of Botswana named Naledi Marape… and adorable she is! The young player was the subject of articles in local newspapers about her accomplishments as a 9-year old promising player. Her father Dr. Marape Marape describes […]

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Today the Millionaire Chess organization has announced the third edition of the high-stakes tournament. The first two editions have been successful in building a powerful brand and supporters have been waiting for the announcement. Sponsors have been hard to come by, but with the World Championship coming to the U.S. combined with the boom in […]

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