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.
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