Daaim Shabazz

  • USA

    St. Louis Chess Club upgrading!

    The Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis (CCSCSL or St. Louis Chess Club) has been slowly expanding since its opening in 2008. The chess club is the home of the U.S. Championships, the Sinquefield Cup and Grand Chess Tour events. Since I have relatives in the St. Louis…

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  • HBCU Chess

    Howard University Chess Club approaches 100 years!

    Howard University, founded in 1867, is a preeminent institution of higher learning. Jamaal Abdul-Alim has been an unofficial advisor to the chess club for several years, helping the organization in various areas, including a recent historical project. Currently an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland, he is keen on the…

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  • Drum Majors

    Bernard Parham, chess innovator, passes away

    Bernard Parham I, the 1967 Indiana State Champion and creator of the Matrix Chess System, has passed away. His son Bernard II relayed the news to The Chess Drum, “Resigned against diabetes on Wednesday, June 19th—one day after reaching his 58th wedding anniversary.” Born on October 30, 1946, to Eddie…

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  • Opinion/Editorials

    The Rise of Deborah Quickpen

    In the aftermath of the “Battle of the Ages” match between Nigerians Tunde Onakoya and rising star Deborah Quickpen, we are possibly witnessing the beginning of a new era in African chess. While many are raving about the top-level prodigies from around the world (specifically Asia), Africa has yet to…

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  • Media Stories

    Chess molds NBA Champion, Jaylen Brown

    A couple of nights ago, Jaylen Brown of the Boston Celtics became an NBA Champion. He was also voted the Most Valuable Player of the series, justifying his mammoth five-year, $304 million contract signed the previous year. There were questions about whether the dynamic duo of Brown and fellow All-Star…

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  • Nigeria

    Nigeria’s “The Battle of the Ages” fought to exciting draw!

    “The Battle of the Ages” kicked off on June 11th, pitting global ambassador Tunde Onakoya against Nigerian phenom Deborah Quickpen. The atmosphere was electric, and the venue was splendid, with many dignitaries attending the intergenerational match. The Daniel Ford Foundation sponsored the match, which took place in Lagos. The Initiatives…

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  • Dominica

    2024 Dominica Chess Championships

    Dominica The island of Dominica recently held its National Chess Championships, including its first Women’s Finals from May 30th to June 6th. The venue was the Dominica State College, which attracted the island’s best. In fact, Dr. Jones Murphy, Jr. came from the U.S. to compete in the tournament for…

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  • Nigeria

    Nigerian Chess Action, “Battle of the Ages”

    Nigeria is hosting a “Battle of the Ages” on June 11th between global chess activist Tunde Onakoya and teen phenom Deborah Quickpen. Onakoya recently entered the Guinness Book of World Records by playing chess for 60 hours in Times Square. While setting a mark for the records, Onakoya is most…

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  • Obituary

    Warren Seymour, legend of Bahamian chess, dies

    According to press reports, Bahamas chess legend Warren Seymour passed away Tuesday morning, and the country now mourns his loss. If anyone can be called the “father” of Bahamaian chess, it would be Mr. Seymour. He is widely known in the country as one who single-handedly put chess on the…

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  • USA

    HBCU Chess Spotlight: Alan Cowan

    Alan Cowan was co-valedictorian of Morehouse College’s 2023 graduating class. He kindled an intense interest in finance and now works in venture capital for Mosaic General Partnership in San Francisco. Apart from his academic achievements, he executed one of the most potentially impactful ideas in American chess. In 2020, Cowan…

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