HBCU chess tourney set for April 2020!

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 more than a decade.

Howard has previously competed in the Pan-Am Intercollegiate. That tournament actually begins today, but there are no HBCU teams registered. This tournament in April hopes to spur activity among the schools. Others schools such as Tuskegee, Hampton and Florida A&M had chess clubs in the early 2000s. In fact, Tuskegee had visits from IM Stephen Muhammad and Howard hosted IM Oladapo Adu.

Florida A&M had an active chess club and the activity was actually a part of business school curriculum. Dr. Sid Credle launched the idea at FAMU has continued this tradition at Hampton University’s. After Credle left, Dr. Daaim Shabazz was the faculty advisor for the FAMU Chess Club. Unfortunately, activity has faded at HBCUs as many players lack the mentorship and tournament experience.

Currently, Howard is advised by Nisa Muhammad and she is helping to normalize activity on the campus. Local talent Zahir Muhammad is also providing guidance for the Howard group. The tournament will be the first of its kind.

Daaim Shabazz

Daaim Shabazz is the founder of The Chess Drum, while serving as a tenured faculty member of Global Business & Marketing at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Florida, USA. He holds a B.S. Computer Science from Chicago State University, an MBA in Marketing and a Ph.D. in International Affairs & Development, both from Clark Atlanta University. He has served the journalist community for more than 30 years and still competes in tournaments occasionally.

One Comment

  1. Halo I would like to be part of that event that is to take place in April 18 & 19 2020, I have a chess academe in want to learn more about new ideas of chess and how to organise a big event like that.
    I will be glade to hear the positive reply from you
    Yours faithfully
    Hannington Williberfoce
    sseningtonhann@gmail.com

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