Month: October 2021

  • Obituary

    Chicago chess legend FM Albert Chow dies

    FIDE Master Albert Chow died shortly after 5pm on Saturday, October 30, 2021. According to his friend Bill Brock, he had been diagnosed with metastatic squamous cell carcinoma (neck cancer). Chow was born on January 26, 1964, and was 57 years old on the day of his passing. FM Albert…

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  • FIDE

    2021 International Chess Championship for Prisons

    Prison chess has always been seen as a tremendous outlet for inmates. “Life of a King” was a compelling movie that showed how chess could help inmate pass the time and also get a look at their own thoughts for self-analysis. In the inaugural Intercontinental Online Chess Championship for Prisoners,…

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  • The Chess Drum

    Chicago, Chess, Girl Power and McDonald’s

    The benefits of scholastic chess are well-known and there have been many empirical studies showing its value. In addition, chess helps to develop important social skills and self-confidence. Shakira Luster, Trechelle Williams and Imani Hill have been in the media spotlight for the past two years after winning the 8th…

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  • South Africa

    The Chess Drum on South African Twitch tomorrow!

    Tomorrow The Chess Drum’s Daaim Shabazz will be on a show called “Reflections” hosted by Lyndon Bouah, a long-time chess advocate for South Africa. The two met 2004 at the Chess Olympiad in Calvia, Spain. Dr. Lyndon Bouah with “Reflection on Chess in the Rainbow Nation.” Photo courtesy of Lyndon…

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  • Africa

    Kenya’s Sagwe walks 165kms to promote chess

    Sustainable Development Goals or “SDGs“are 17 targets for creating a more economically, ecologically and environmentally-friendly planet. The United Nations has embarked on a long-term approach to tackle a number of problems in “health and education, reduced inequality and spur economic growth – all while tackling climate change and working to…

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