Daaim Shabazz

  • Orrin Hudson in People magazine

    Orrin Hudson is in the January 21st issue of People magazine (Britney Spears on the cover). The popular magazine primarily covers the entertainment industry and profiles others who have made the news. People magazine has a circulation of 44 million and Hudson stated that he has received numerous calls as a…

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  • Pontus Carlsson to play in Corus C

    GM Pontus Carlsson (Sweden) Pontus Carlsson told The Chess Drum in a recent interview that he was slated to play in Corus Wijk aan Zee 2008 C-Group 11th-27th January 2008. This will be his inaugural visit to the prestigious tournament. The field will include (title, name, federation, birthyear, FIDE rating): GM Evgenij…

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  • 2007 African Junior Championship (Malawi)

    News just in from chessalee blog… Kareim Wageih of Egypt won the African Junior Championship in Malawi. He scored 7/9 in a tournament with a field of 23 players. Calvin Klaasen of South Africa was second on 6.5/9. There were four players knotted with 5.5/9 including Melissa Greef who is the…

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  • Jimmy Canty continues to rise!

    Jimmy Canty III Those who have visited The Chess Drum may have heard about a young standout player from Detroit, USA named Jimmy Canty III. He is the defending Michigan H.S. champion and eclipsed the 2100 USCF rating at the Motor City Open placing 2nd-4th (losing only to IM Emory…

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  • Jamaica: Chess Review in 2007

    Peter Myers, “CHESS YEAR IN REVIEW: Wilson, Pitterson Shine in 2007.” The 2007 chess year was another good one for chess in Jamaica. The year started with the surprise victory by junior player Mikhail Solomon in the New Years Open in January. This was however not a sign of things…

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  • Questions about Botswana Chess

    Top African chess journalist Kenneth Boikhutswane wrote a very interesting article which points to many of the problems concerning African chess. The story raised the question of why Botswana, one of Africa’s most economically stable countries, was not sending a contingent to the 2007 African Junior Championship held in Malawi last…

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  • The Chess Drum’s Highlights of 2007!

    Major Events 2007 World Cup Chess Championship (Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia) (29 November 2007) 2007 World Chess Championship (Mexico City) (15 September 2007) 2007 African Individual Championships (Winhoek, Namibia) (1 September 2007) 2007 U.S. Open (Cherry Hill, New Jersey) (1 August 2007) 9th All-Africa Games (Algiers, Algeria) (17 July 2007) 2007 World Open…

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  • January 2008 FIDE Rating list released!

      Viswanathan Anand and Vladimir Kramnik sit atop the FIDE rating list. Photo by Europe-Echecs. Vladimir Kramnik (2799, +14) has pulled into a virtual tie with World Champion Viswanathan Anand (2799, -2) for the #1 spot. Kramnik’s performance at the World Championship in Mexico, Sparkassen and his victory at the Mikhail…

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  • News from Uganda!

    Steven and Moses Kawuma at the 2004 Chess Olympiad in Mallorca, Spain. Winning a spot on the Olympiad team is a high honor and it provides a player to (1) represent their nation (2) travel internationally and (3) play strong competition. The Chess Drum has covered two Olympiad tournaments and it…

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  • What’s next in Black Chess?

    The year 2007 had some interesting developments both in general and within the African Diaspora. The World Cup brought us the first non-European champion since Robert James Fischer and saw Viswanathan Anand rise to the top of the rating charts. There was the exciting knockout tournament featuring the resurgence of Gata…

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