Daaim Shabazz

  • Drum Majors

    Glenn Bady becomes FIDE Trainer!

    Life Master Glenn Bady has been involved in chess for nearly 50 years and was part of the contingent of Philadelphia-area masters from the Black community. Bady paired with the late Wilbert Paige at West Philadelphia High School to match rival Bartram High, which fielded Norman Rogers and Raymond Robinson.…

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  • Drum Majors

    Maurice Ashley speaks on new books!

    Grandmaster Maurice Ashley has been busy lately despite taking a break from commentating. On the cover of the latest Chess Life magazine, Ashley strikes a menacing pose while clasping the black king, his right hand ever ready for defense or attack. This pose symbolizes everything that chess is. It is…

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  • Media Stories

    2024 HBCU Chess Classic (Atlanta, GA)

    Participants at the 2023 HBCU Chess ClassicPhoto by TBO Chess Society All roads will lead to Atlanta for the 2nd Annual HBCU Chess Classic! Teams from Historically Black Colleges and Universities will send their best players to compete for prizes 2024 HBCU Chess Classic April 20th-21st, 2024Georgia Institute of Technology…

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  • Media Stories

    Capital City Open V (Tallahassee, Florida)

    Florida’s Capital City is warming up, and chess is in full bloom. Over the past two years, Jacob Sperber has organized five rapid tournaments in the Tallahassee area. His initiative has rejuvenated chess in Florida’s capital and has provided some consistency. The most recent event was held at the Benjamin…

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  • South Africa

    Amin, February win 2024 African Individuals!

    GM Bassem Amin and WIM Jesse February took the titles at the 2024 African Individual Chess Championship (AICC). It would be Amin’s seventh (2009, 2013, 2015 and 2017, 2018, 2022, 2024) and February’s second (winning in 2021). While Amin was dominant throughout the tournament, February had to wait until the last round when the…

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  • Drum Majors

    Jacorey Bynum makes National Master!

    Jacorey Bynum broke the 2200 barrier last weekend at the Southern Chess Classic, earning the coveted title of National Master! It is a testament to the values of chess education. Jacorey BynumPhoto from jbking07 (chess.com) Jacorey learned to play chess in August 2017 as a positive outlet during a difficult…

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  • Trinidad

    Trinidad & Tobago takes 1st CARICOM Chess Classic!

    The 1st CARICOM Chess Classic took place in Georgetown, Guyana, a nation with a rich chess tradition. Guyana was previously a regional powerhouse with a number of strong masters. More recently, the federation has rejuvenated and has launched an initiative that will bring shades of the old Caribbean Chess Championships…

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  • African Championship

    2024 African Individual Chess Championships (Accra, Ghana)

    The 2024 African Individual Chess Championships (AICC) have begun! Twenty-four countries have assembled in Accra-Ghana to compete for glory, titles, and spots in the World Cup. Only days after the chess competition of the All-African Games had concluded, the continental championship attracted 42 open players (12 from host Ghana) and…

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  • Drum Majors

    With two GM norms, Hardaway charts course

    Brewington Hardaway is coming off of his second GM norm in the New York Invitational. The 14-year old International Master continues to make rapid progress toward the coveted GM title. An interesting discussion took place at the Marshall Chess Club on February 20th, 2024, for Black History Month. Hardaway aptly…

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  • Africa

    13th All-African Games (Accra, Ghana)

    The recently concluded All-African Games were held in Ghana’s capital, Accra, and chess was one of the events. The last event was held in 2019 in Rabat, Morocco. The Chess Drum has covered previous editions of the All-African Games, and this event attracted 18 countries. Top African players, including Grandmasters…

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