South Africa’s West Coast Chess Union
On an African chess group on WhatsApp, Andrew Lewaks shared this three-year-old video from a youth initiative involving the West Coast Chess Union in South Africa. “Helping Kings and Queens Make the Right Moves” is a very touching tribute showing the benefits of chess as an alternative to other national…Read More »
Chess Championship weeks away in Kazakhstan
In three weeks, the 2023 World Chess Championship will begin in Astana, Kazakhstan with Russia’s Ian Nepomniachtchi facing off against China Ding Liren. The match will be the beginning of a new era, one that saw Magnus Carlsen hold the title for ten years after wresting it away from (2013)…Read More »
“Chess in Slums” treks to Kenya, Uganda!
Tunde Onakoya of “Chess in Slums” visiting Kenya with representatives from partner organization, “The Gift of Chess.” Tunde Onakoya has spent the last five years refining his delivery of “Chess in Slums” to some of the most poverty-stricken areas of Nigeria. Now His initiative has attracted many admirers and supporters…Read More »
HBCU Chess Classic on April 22nd!
The inaugural HBCU Classic will kick off April 22nd at Morehouse College and hopes to attract students from around the country to network… and compete for glory! The Chess Drum was informed about an HBCU tournament by Jamaal Abdul-Alim and contacted the organizer Shaniah Francis (Spelman College) on LinkedIn. “I’m…Read More »
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The Chess Drum on “Talking Talent”
The Chess Drum’s Daaim Shabazz was a guest on Dylan Quercia’s Twitch stream called, “Talking Talent.” The 71-minute segment featured the usual questions about chess beginnings and the emergence of the 22-year-old website. Other questions featured chess in the African-American chess community, its progress, the importance of analytics, and issues…Read More »
Cuba’s Linares wins her 4th chess title!
Oleiny Linares Napoles won her 4th national title during the Cuban women’s championship from February 9th-20th. The event was a 12-player round-robin taking place in José Raúl Capablanca Academy in Camagüey. Linares has been a regular on The Chess Drum and was last featured after winning her 3rd championship. The…Read More »
Lenhert wins Capital City Chess Open II
The Capital City Open II attracted 31 local players to Tallahassee, Florida in three sections. Florida State University professor Dr. Steven Lenhert won his second consecutive tournament despite losing to Richard Kennedy. The top section had five players, but under-1600 represented 25 players! This is the largest Tallahassee tournament in…Read More »
2nd IM norm for Brewington Hardaway!
Just one month ago, we announced Brewington Hardaway’s 1st norm for the International Master title. Well… he has earned a second and will need to earn a norm in a Swiss format. This is a new regulation to reduce the chances of earning norms in unethical ways. FM Brewington HardawayPhoto…Read More »
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Black History Month 2023 – A Chess Tribute
Greetings everyone!This year’s Black History Month will feature a video commemoration recounting the importance of the month-long celebration, some key moments in history, and also thoughts about why championing chess in the Black community is important to the growth of the sport/game. Part of the success of chess will come…Read More »
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The Chess Drum’s first “Beat” video in 2023
Back in 2012, The Chess Drum launched five videos as a test run for the “Drum Beat” segment. Those videos were cutting-edge at the time, but since then a variety of formats have been used to distribute content. Eleven years ago, the five Drum Beat segments covered the latest website…Read More »