As we are well into another year, The Chess Drum has made 18 years!!! This year I will commemorate the anniversary with a video that will recount the evolution of The Chess Drum including its conception and eventual launch February 12th, 2001.
In the past, I have generally recapped the past year and reviewed some of the activities of the site. I must say that last year was bitter-sweet. However, we also featured a number of obituaries due to losses of chess personalities. However, The Chess Drum covered the Olympiad live and that is always a special event.
Cote d’Ivoire, Togo, Kenya and Nigeria at 2018 Chess Olympiad!
Ian Wilkinson QC (Jamaica) & Dr. Daaim Shabazz (USA)
Photos by The Chess Drum
The one thing that has changed in the 18 years is the way information travels and is subsequently consumed. There is a great emphasis on digital platforms, social media and video viewing. I noticed these challenges roughly 15 years ago. Unfortunately, the chess information on social media platforms is often incomplete.
While the number of articles has stabilized on The Chess Drum (116 in 2018 from a high of 240 in 2014), there has been more emphasis on in-depth reporting. You may have noticed the length of such articles. Recently, I wrote on the trends in journalism discussing this issue.
Below is the video recounting the history of The Chess Drum. This is the first time I have explained the story although there is an essay I wrote as part of the welcoming of visitors to the site. So sit back and enjoy the story that unfolds.
Dr. Daaim Shabazz, The Chess Drum
This video is dedicated to the following who have passed away since last anniversary (February 12th)…
- Alfred Carlin (65 years old) Houston, Texas
- Hermino Baez (63 years old) Houston, Texas
- Samuel “Sammy” Barton (55 years old) Coney Island, New York
- Judge George Leighton (105 years old) New Bedford, Massachussetts
- Peter Roberts (64 years old) Harlem, New York
- James Gwyn, Sr. (87 years old) Wilmington, Delaware
The Making of The Chess Drum
Video by Daaim Shabazz (The Chess Drum)