In Memory of Ahvia Maria

In the face of a global pandemic, many have lost loved ones unexpectantly. This scourge has forced us to take a closer look at the priorities of life and perhaps reevaluate personal relationships.


Ahvia M. Reynolds

Personally, I have been beset by two tragedies, the loss of both siblings in a six-week span… Abraham Jr. (August 22nd) and Ahvia (October 2nd). It was my older siblings who taught me the joy of reading which is intricately related to one’s writing and prose. It was my sister who took most of the effort to read stories to me and as the eldest, she was the nurturer. Despite neither being involved in chess, both supported my efforts of The Chess Drum and took an interest in my writings. It is with this in mind that I find the energy to resume my writings.

I was asked yesterday by Kevin Pryor, President of Florida Chess Association, what I planned to do with The Chess Drum in the coming months. The emphasis will be on my “Drum Beat” videos and podcasting. Only months away from the 20th year anniversary, there is a cause for celebrating the site’s accomplishments over the years. Thus, I dedicate the rest of this year to my siblings.

Keep the Beat Going!!!

Daaim Shabazz, The Chess Drum

Ahvia Reynolds

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.

6 Comments

  1. Praying for you and the family my brotha, its encouraging to know your passion is strong, may God continue to bless you.

  2. Peace and Blessings to you King.I haven’t visited your site in a while and today I see the sad news of your loss. I wish to offer my sympathy to you and your family. If you need anything reach out to your extended family; we will be there to assist you.

  3. Daaim,

    My brother. On behalf of FIDE, the Jamaican Chess fraternity and myself personally, I extend deepest condolences to you and your family on what must have been, and continue to be, painful experiences. I have known you for approximately twenty years and you are a veritable “class act” on so many levels. From what you wrote your siblings contributed to this significantly and to them we are eternally grateful.
    May their souls rest in peace and be enveloped in that Divine, perpetual light.

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