Daaim Shabazz

  • The $50,000 Game

    U.S. Chess Life online ran a story about IM Greg Shahade who was in Las Vegas for the World Series of Poker. His sister WGM Jennifer Shahade had won $8,000 and both Greg and father FM Michael Shahade were on the tables. After the WSOP, Greg was contacted by “Danny”…

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  • Ending Laboratory (Bishop)

      “It should be noted that current opening variations come and go, and the evaluation of certain positions change, but the value of knowing how to play endgames well remains constant.” ~ANATOLY KARPOV, Former World Champion~  When I was an up-and-coming junior player, I basically studied openings… all day long. I…

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  • 9th All-Africa Games (Algiers, Algeria)

      The 9th All-Africa Games has started on today with approximately 9,000 athletes from throughout the African continent. The sports festival runs from today July 11th through July 23rd. A report out of Algiers by Aliou Goloko stated, A total of 3,800 referees will oversee athletes competing in 27 sports,…

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  • USA

    2007 World Open: Emory Tate vs. Salvijus Bercys

      Emory Tate (right) showing me his game against Salvijus Bercys, a 27-move gem. * * * Emory Tate approached me and asked, “Is The Chess Drum open for business?” He then demonstrated the game with his usual flair and spell-binding analysis. There was a small crowd, but I hear…

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  • World Open

    2007 World Open Information Center

    World Open Coverage The Chess Drum Daaim (Shabazz)2007 World Open: First half sizzles!2007 World Open: Massive tie for 1st!2007 World Open: Exterminator is Back!2007 World Open: Emory Tate annotates! Audio Interviews (conducted by Daaim Shabazz)Interview: GM Maurice Ashley (audio – 2:57 minutes)Interview: FM William Morrison (audio – 6:57 minutes) Official…

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  • Tactical Ending at the World Open

    I don’t usually show too many of my games on The Chess Drum, but this one had a unique lesson. I remember a book by GM John Nunn called Secrets of Pawnless Endings. It had some amazing tactics in pieceless endings. There is nothing worse than missing a nice tactic to finish…

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  • Interesting interview with Jesse Kraai

    GM-elect Jesse Kraai was featured on the cover of the July 2007 Chess Life magazine. I remember reading a story on Kraai who was reputed to be a neighborhood troublemaker in his youth. When asked why he chose chess,  he said it was the most violent game he could find.…

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  • 2007 World Open: Exterminator is Back!

      A determined William Morrison takes a swig during battle. The “Exterminator” scored 7-2 to tie for 1st in the under-2400 section. The blitz legend has returned in full form. Photo by Daaim Shabazz. Many people have been wondering what has happened to William “The Exterminator” Morrison. In an interview…

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  • Simutowe @ NJ Futurity International

    Amon Simutowe is currently playing in the New Jersey Grandmaster Futurity International which runs from July 7-11 at the Sheraton Parsippany Hotel. The Zambian International Master will battle against nine other hopefuls including four Grandmasters. He has good chances for the 3rd norm. PLAYERS GM Sergey Erenburg (2565 FIDE) GM Leonid Yudasin…

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  • Media Stories

    2007 World Open ends in massive tie!

    Varuzhan Akobian and Alexander Stripunsky battling it out in the blitz tiebreak. Akobian won the game and was declared the overall champion. Photos by Daaim Shabazz. In a repeat of last year, nine players tie for first place at the World Open. Grandmasters Hikaru Nakamura, Sandipan Chanda, Leonid Yudasin, Evgeny…

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