Month: January 2022

  • Nigeria

    Tunde Onakoya’s mission takes chess to Nigerian slums

    Tunde Onakoya’s mission to invigorate the Nigerian slum through chess has taken a grand leap. Three years ago, Tunde was in the news after writing of an adorable little girl named Basirat Ariyike. She became a symbol of what Onakoya was trying to achieve in his “Chess in Slums” initiative.…

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  • Cuba

    FM Ignacio Pérez (1967-2022) passes away

    FM Ignacio Perez (1967-2022)Photo by Washington State Chess Federation The Seattle chess community is in mourning after the passing of Ignacio Pérez on January 11th, 2022. The long-time Seattle resident succumbed after a lengthy battle with throat cancer but remained active in the chess community despite his illness. He was…

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  • The Chess Drum

    Seattle builds Detective Cookie Chess Park!

    Despite her own ambivalence toward chess as a youth,Officer Cookie has shared its joys.Photo by Genna Martin After decades of service, Denise “Cookie” Bouldin is having “Detective Cookie Chess Park” built in her honor. Detective Cookie been featured on The Chess Drum over the years with her Urban Youth Chess…

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  • Niger

    Belize, Dominica, Niger, and St. Vincent join FIDE

    A couple months ago, GM Nigel Short contacted The Chess Drum and mentioned that St. Vincent and the Grenadines would become a provisional FIDE member. At the 92nd General Assembly meeting, St. Vincent as well as Belize, Dominica and Niger became full FIDE members. St. Vincent & Grenadines Back in…

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