Month: October 2018

  • FIDE

    Carlsen-Caruana match only 11 days away!

    Excitement will begin to build up for the World Chess Championship set to begin in Holborn, London on November 9th. While the media blitz has not yet begun, it will be interesting to see how the match is billed. Magnus Carlsen has been the World Champion for five years and…

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  • The Chess Drum

    Tom Murphy wins Chicago’s 3rd Tate Memorial!

    International Master Emory Tate is long gone, but certainly not forgotten. In one of his poems he mentioned the symbolism of the lion and the pride. While Tate’s sons Andrew and Tristan channeled their energy into kickboxing instead of chess, he left behind another pride of admirers. One of them…

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  • Scholastic

    Schutt, chess coach of “Mighty Pawns,” under fire for sexual indiscretions

    According to a report on Philly.com, Stephen Schutt has been accused of sexual improprieties with his players while a coach at Douglass Elementary School during his tenure in the 1970s. Schutt was a legendary coach whose team was the subject of a movie titled, “The Mighty Pawns” featuring Paul Winfield…

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  • Drum Majors

    Carlsson blazes trail in New Orleans!

    GM Pontus Carlsson has being making moves lately. The moves are not necessarily on the chess board although he recently played in Riga, Latvia. He scored a solid 6/9 including a nice win over Jan-Christian Schroder. Based in the Czech Republic, the Swedish national has been blazing a trail with…

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  • Olympiad

    Reflections on Batumi Olympiad

    Back to another Olympiad… another new place… another adventure. I had been to Calvia, Turin, Dresden, Istanbul, Tromso and now would venture to a place abutting the Black Sea in a city known for vintage wineries. Nevertheless, I geared up for this trip not knowing what was to come after…

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  • Africa

    Congo’s Mashala Kabamwanishi shines at Olympiad

    The Chess Olympiad is chock full of inspirational stories that become part of the event’s history. The Olympiad in Batumi had more than 180 nations participating so there was no shortage of them. In fact, ChessBase India did the best job in capturing the essence of wide experiences among the…

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  • Africa

    African Diaspora made a colorful presence in Batumi

    Aster Bantiwalu (Ethiopia)Photo by David Llada The Chess Olympiad is a special event and by some accounts is the most important event in chess. It is at the biennial Olympiad that various expressions of chess are seen from every corner of the planet. Apart from the colorful outfits from the…

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  • Africa

    Lewis Ncube wins African Chess Presidency!

    Lewis Ncube at African CongressPhoto by Africa Chess Media Lewis Ncube, the incumbent, declared to hold his position as President of the African Chess Conferation after two competitors emerged. It appeared that he would have quite a challenge after Tshepo Sitale and Dr. Essoh Essis released very impressive campaign statements.…

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  • Olympiad

    2018 Chess Olympiad: Round #11

    2018 Chess Olympiad: Round #11Friday, 5 October 2018 Open Section Full Results Dint Liren and Ju Wenjun (CHINA) Photo: @davidllada #BatumiChess2018 pic.twitter.com/F32w5ek57f — Batumi Chess Olympiad 2018 (@BatumiChess2018) October 5, 2018 China has won Olympiad gold after beating medal contender Poland in a thrilling last-round battle. The medals were not…

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  • The Chess Drum

    2018 Chess Olympiad: Round #10

    2018 Chess Olympiad: Round #10Thursday, 4 October 2018 Open Section Full Results China ended a strong run by Poland despite their epic win over the USA the previous round. That result was sure to put the Poles into a position to medal, but their 3-1 drubbing at the hands of…

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