Archive for December, 2019

The year of 2019 was an important one for The Chess Drum. There was a historic Grand Chess Tour event that took place in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire. This tournament featured 10 of the world’s top players. Magnus Carlsen won that tournament, but more importantly it gave the continent a stage to show that it is […]

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In the last top-level chess event of the year, the top brass assembled in Moscow, Russia to compete in the World Rapid & Blitz Championships. Given the rising popularity of online blitz, this event attracted professional players, blitz specialists and top chess streamers. Magnus Carlsen would be the top attraction. Back in 2014-15, he held […]

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September Christian Cyril “September” Christian, one of world’s most heralded warri players, died Friday, November 15th after a battle with cancer. Christian was one of a line of strong warri players hailing from the small twin islands of Antigua and Barbuda. The game came to the West Indies along with African slaves who were brought […]

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In April of 2020, the club will be hosting an HBCU tournament for all of the historic universities. There are more than 100 HBCUs across the land, but few have chess programs. Howard University Chess Club is inviting all Historically-Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to participate. The club has been rejuvenated after laying dormant for […]

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GM Alireza Firouzja Rising Iranian star Alireza Firouzja has announced that he will consider switching his nationality due to the Iran Chess Federation withdrawing the players for the World Rapid and Blitz Championships. The controversy stemmed from two Iranian players violating national policy prohibiting Iranians from competing against Israeli players. The phenom’s pronouncement rocks the […]

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Mehul Gohil is a bit of a chess renaissance man. He is fully vested in the game and seems to enjoy every minute. Lately, his history in the game has taken a leap after he won the 2019 Kenya National Championships. This would not be so surprising, but what is surprising is that along with […]

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Detroit chess community hosting Hikaru Nakamura at Vinsetta Garage (27799 Woodward Avenue, Berkley, MI 48072). Left to Right: Bryan Wilson, Sr., Tahira-Chandra Yanish, Catherine Martinez, GM Hikaru Nakamura, Kevin Fite, and NM Jimmy Canty III Hikaru Nakamura just celebrated his 32nd birthday this month. It appears that his popularity has never been greater as his […]

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“World Chess Day” is reserved for July 20th and is a day of celebrating the joys and benefits of chess. Activity has exploded in recent years due to the accessibility of the game through the Internet. However, long before there was a such thing as Deep Blue, Fritz, Komodo, or Alpha Zero, people worldwide have […]

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Illinois All-Grade Chess Championships was held in Peoria, Illinois and featured players from kindergarten to 12th grade. This is a prequel to the K-12 Grade Championships held in Orlando, Florida on December 13-15th. St. Ethlereda entered three players in the 8th grade section and got the highest composite score of 8.5 points to win the […]

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Most everyone can recount the history of chess having roots in India, but to see the country taking a prominent (even leading) role in chess expansion is refreshing. The Grand Chess Tour went to Kolkata, India for the first time in an effort to expand the tournament into new markets. Events in both Abidjan, Cote […]

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