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  • Media Stories

    Justus Williams notches first GM norm!

    International Master Justus Williams took a big step toward his goal of becoming an International Grandmaster by earning his first GM norm. Just over one year ago, he clinched his IM title, won a couple of tournaments, and wrote a nice article in Chess Life titled, “Getting My Reps In.”…

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  • Nigeria

    Tani Adewumi earns another IM norm!

    This picture was the beginning of a journey for 8-year-old Tani Adewumi, who became a national sensation. He earned a 3rd International Master norm last Sunday. Photo by Christopher Lee (New York Times). In November 2021, Tanitoluwa “Tani” Adewumi earned his FIDE Master (FM) title. At the NYC Fall GM/IM…

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  • Obituary

    South Carolina’s Keith Eubanks (1965-2022)

    Keith Vernon Eubanks, 56, of Columbia, SC was born on September 27, 1965 and passed away on September 23, 2022. He was a lifelong resident of South Carolina and was a mainstay in the South Carolinian chess scene. No cause of death is known, but Keith had a long struggle…

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  • Media Stories

    Cannon Farragut… Tampa’s ray of sunshine

    In various forms of chess, a cannon is an integral part of showing force and Tampa’s Cannon Farragut is showing his force of talent. Cannon is amongst the top 50 list among 12-year-olds and one of the state’s top juniors. Cannon learned the moves as a four-year-old after stumbling across…

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  • Obituary

    Howard chess activist, Sultan-Diego Sulayman (1995-2022)

    Sultan-Diego Abdullah Sulayman, a 2020 finance graduate of Howard University, passed away suddenly on October 30th after being found by his mother at their home. The news came as a shock to the Howard community as he was only 26, weeks away from his 27th birthday. At the time of…

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  • Media Stories

    Fischer Random Chess: A Dream Deferred

    In what was perhaps the most exciting chess tournament we’ve seen in some time Hikaru Nakamura won the 2022 Fischer Random World Chess Championship in Reykjavik, Iceland. The American legend lost only once in the entire tournament and took a handsome prize of $150,000 after winning an Armageddon game again…

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  • Drum Majors

    Maurice Ashley on C-Squared Podcast

    GM Maurice Ashley at the World Chess Hall of Fame with his plaque.Photo courtesy of Maurice Ashley GM Maurice Ashley recently appeared on the C-Squared Podcast with GMs Fabiano Caruana and Christian Chirila discussing a wide range of topics you have never heard before. The format was a very relaxed…

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  • Opinion/Editorials

    The Anatomy of Carlsen-Niemann cheating controversy

    Over the past month, the chess world has been turned upside down and inside-out with the cheating controversy surrounding world champion Magnus Carlsen and Grandmaster Hans Niemann. The Chess Drum has closely followed the drama on all media social platforms including Reddit and Twitter, where information is able to reach…

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  • Somalia

    Saad Elmi, Next Star in Norway?

    Sixteen-year-old Saad Abobaker Elmi recently scored 7/11 in the World Youth Chess Championships in Romania after winning the Nordic Youth Championships. Of Somalian ancestry, his parents immigrated to Oslo, Norway where he took up chess at an early age. He recently came in second in the Norway Junior Championships and…

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  • Africa

    Bassem Amin & Shahenda Wafa… 2022 African Champs!

    WGM Shahenda Wafa (gold-women’s), GM Abdelrahman Hesham (bronze-open), GM Bassem Amin (gold-open). All photos by Babatunde Ogunsiku (Africa Chess Media) Egypt’s Bassem Amin wins his sixth continental title after winning the 2022 African Individual Chess Championships in Lagos, Nigeria. He edged out compatriot and fellow Grandmaster Ahmed Adly who had…

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