Month: May 2016

  • Tournaments

    2016 Chicago Open (Wheeling, IL)

    Chicago Open officially starts the summer circuit of tournaments on the American chess landscape. Wheeling will host the 25th edition of the tournament and it expects top players to vie for the $100,000 guaranteed prize fund. The field will feature a strong Chinese contingent including Yu Yangyi, Jianchao Zhou and…

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  • Caribbean

    Jamaica’s Deborah Porter makes history… what’s next?

    Women’s International Master (WIM) Deborah Richards-Porter was in the news lately for winning the 2.3.5 subzonal tournament held in Barbados. Players from Aruba, The Bahamas, Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Suriname, Trinidad & Tobago and Venezuela also vied for the title. She becomes the first Jamaican to win a subzonal…

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  • Africa

    Kenya surges forward in 2016!

    2016 Kenya Open Kenyan chess is seeing an uptick in activity in 2016. After holding a successful Kenya Open last month (won by Ben Nguku) it is in the midst of the Nairobi Open. There are apparently some bright talent sprouting from years of nourishment. The frequent trips around Kenya…

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  • Media Stories

    MC3 May 31st deadline approaching

    Four-time U.S. Champion GM Hikaru Nakamura won MC2 in exciting fashion.Will MC3 bring more spills and thrills?Photo by Daaim Shabazz. * * * ALERT!! The May 31st deadline is fast approaching! At least 50 people have already signed up for Millionaire Chess 3. Avoid the last-minute rush and sign up…

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  • Media Stories

    In Chicago jails chess teaches better moves in life

    Chicago is a wonderful city with its vibrant ethnic communities, world class entertainment and beautiful landmarks. However, the media paints a decidedly narrow picture… one cloaked in death, despair and helplessness. The law enforcement has been dogged by allegations of unlawful acts, police brutality and obstruction of justice. The city…

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  • Media Stories

    Detroit rules at All-Girls under-14 Nationals!

    Detroit has been beset by a long list of issues stemming from the scandal-ridden politics, the financial crisis of 2008, the recent Flint water crisis and lately the “sickout” strike of 94 of 97 Detroit’s school teachers. Certainly, everyone is sick of these egregious violations of public safety and the…

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  • Media Stories

    Caruana, Paikidze new U.S. Champions!

    Fabiano Caruana 2016 U.S. Chess Champion The tide has turned and the balance of power has shifted in American chess. There were two new champions crowned after the U.S. Championships held in St. Louis ending this past weekend. Fabiano Caruana was crowned the champion in his debut. After switching his…

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