Archive for August, 2019

Ding Liren after winning 2019 Sinquefield Cup Photo by Lennart Ootes The chess world is still buzzing about Ding Liren’s win of the 2019 Sinquefield Cup in St. Louis. He had to overcome World Champion Magnus Carlsen who has looked unbeatable all year long. This is a landmark win for many reasons. Firstly, it shows […]

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The New Orleans Film Society presents its lineup for the 2019 New Orleans Film Festival. This arena is to showcase the talent of filmmakers and to bring to light many fascinating stories that would otherwise go untold. Chess is one such activity that has as many stories as there are players. There is a film […]

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Egypt still Valley of Kings and Queens! Bassem Amin sings Egyptian anthem.Photo by Mohamed Bounaji Going into the popular blitz segment, everyone knew the Egyptians would be tough to beat. However, Africa has many strong blitzers throughout the continent and the Internet has made it more popular than ever. Who would be able to unseat […]

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Egypt Double Gold in Rapids! In individual rapid event at #AfricanGames2019 OpenGM Ahmed Adly Egypt ?? GOLD ?GM Bassem Amin Egypt ?? SILVER ?FM Harold Wanyama Uganda ?? BRONZE ? WomenWGM Shrook Wafa Egypt ?? GOLD ?WFM Lorita Mwango Zambia ?? SILVER ?WIM Sabrina Letreche Algeria ?? BRONZE ? pic.twitter.com/raxfHom1SO — Daaim Shabazz (@thechessdrum) August […]

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Fire on Board in Casablanca! Wow! That is the one word that will describe the action today in Casablanca. While most of the world were preparing for the Sinquefield Cup at the St. Louis Chess Club, thousands were tuning into chess24 to follow the All-Africa Games. In addition, Arkady Dvorkovich was on hand to make […]

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Despite upsets, Egypt take gold! Zimbabweans Rodwell Makoto and Emarald Mushone chat before their first round game against Eritrea. They would win their games, but the were more proud of the wins they got in round six. Photo by Mohamed Bounaji/FIDE What a finish in the first chess event ending with the Egyptians edging the […]

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Games off to a sizzling start There are not enough superlatives to describe the organization of the 12th All-Africa Games thus far. Mehul Gohil of Kenya gave the event full marks and sent loads of photos showing the excellent conditions. “Maputo in 2011 was wonderful. This is even better,” he said. Of course, what would […]

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The 12th All-Africa Games started in Morocco on the 19th of August with the Opening Ceremonies. The quadrennial games will be held in several cities and feature 301 events in 26 sports. All fifty-four nations are participating. The official site gives some history. First organized in 1965 in Brazzaville, the 12th African Games will take […]

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Robin Ramson has undertaken an important initiative in the DC and for the past six years she has trailblazed the idea of getting more girls into chess. In fact, Ramson had been organizing these events before it received widespread support. The idea is to use chess as a tool to build confidence and to hone […]

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John Fedorowicz is a product of the famous “Fischer Boom,” and relishes the opportunity to talk about the good ole days. The Bronx native has played in most every major U.S. tournament, but made his debut in the Senior Tournament of Champions this year. He jokingly said, “I like playing the old guys.” GM John […]

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Vincent Bazemore, Jr.Photo from Vince’s Voice The Chess Drum regrets to inform the chess community of the passing of 39-year old Vincent John Bazemore, Jr. on May 27th, 2019. The United States Chess Federation announced his passing at the Delegate’s Meeting at the 2019 U.S. Open. He was born September 10th, 1974 in Fredericksted, St. […]

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One thing is for sure… “Nyzhnyk” is not easy to spell and “Illia” is not easy to beat. The Ukrainian national has been in good form lately as he scores another strong result. He was in the running at the Chicago Open in May, but had to settle for joint second with eight other players. […]

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Readers, This is a personal reflection on a topic that I believe needs to be discussed for the good of chess. While chess isn’t a physically violent encounter, there are times in which the tragic end of one’s life occurs during a game of chess. I explain this in the essay below. I hope this […]

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The U.S. Open will hold its 120th edition in the home of the Disney Corporation, Orlando, Florida. This is America’s longest running tournament and will also be the host for the 80th Delegate’s Meeting. Players and Delegates will be among the many groups conferring at the Rosen Centre Hotel (9840 International Drive), the site of […]

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