Archive for December, 2021

This year was the 20th year for The Chess Drum. On February 12th, I posted a very lengthy chronicle of the site’s history with key moments each of the 20 years. I put a lot of effort into that post, but it was fulfilling to recount the special moments, not only for The Chess Drum, […]

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Brewington Hardaway winning Pan-Am Youth Chess Festival last October Photo courtesy of ChessKid.com After Brewington Hardaway’s recent success at the K12 Championship in Orlando, it is apparent that he has been on an improvement course that has been slow and steady. Two years ago, Hardaway became a National Master at age 10, he continued to […]

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Following are my reflections on the World Chess Championship that took place in Dubai, UAE. For years I have been doing reflection pieces for major events. It is enjoyable to go back and relive these memories. What makes this more special was that it occurred during World Expo 2020. I will also include my impressions […]

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Elizabeth Cassidy scored 9/9 in the under-11 Girls section. Photo by KBC Sports Lewis Ncube, President of African Confederation of Chess, was recently featured on Kenya’s KBC Sports TV to discuss the recent Africa Schools Individual Chess Championship held in Nairobi. He discussed the impact of COVID on chess in Africa, the dynamics of online […]

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FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich making the first move in the World Chess Championship between defending champion Magnus Carlsen (left) and challenger Ian Nepomniacthchi. Photo by IM Eric Rosen The 2021 World Chess Championship took part as one of the features of the 2020 World Expo taking place in Dubai, UAE. Magnus Carlsen defended his title […]

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2021 World Chess ChampionshipDubai, UAE (November 24th-December 16th)   1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 pts. Carlsen ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 1 ½ 1 – – – 7½ Caruana ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ 0 0 ½ 0 – – – […]

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2021 World Chess ChampionshipDubai, UAE (November 24th-December 16th) Game 11 Match Score: 7½-3½ Official Site: https://fideworldchampionship.com/ 2021 World Chess Championship: Game 11 Friday, 10 December 2021 Magnus Carlsen retains title closes match on winning note! Just in Dubai, UAE for #CarlsenNepo at 0230. Regardless of the next four games, I'm glad to be present at […]

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2021 World Chess ChampionshipDubai, UAE (November 24th-December 16th) Game 10 Match Score: 6½-3½ Official Site: https://fideworldchampionship.com/ 2021 World Chess Championship: Game 10 Wednesday, 8 December 2021 A quiet draw today after three wins in four games. In the last phase of the match, we hope to see attempts by Ian Nepomniachtchi to get on the […]

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2021 World Chess ChampionshipDubai, UAE (November 24th-December 16th) Game 9 Match Score: 6-3 Official Site: https://fideworldchampionship.com/ 2021 World Chess Championship: Game 9 Tuesday, 7 December 2021 Nepo blunders piece… Carlsen has a 3-point bulge Chess can be brutal at times. There is nothing that crushes the soul more than losing a completely winning position. Perhaps […]

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2021 World Chess ChampionshipDubai, UAE (November 24th-December 16th) Game 8 Match Score: 5-3 Official Site: https://fideworldchampionship.com/ 2021 World Chess Championship: Game 8 Sunday, 5 December 2021 Carlsen strikes again… Nepomniachtchi at the brink Magnus Carlsen wins another game with white pieces and extends his lead to 2 points. After 8 games, the score is 5-3 […]

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