Daaim Shabazz

Daaim Shabazz

Daaim Shabazz is the founder of The Chess Drum, while serving as a tenured faculty member of Global Business & Marketing at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Florida, USA. He holds a B.S. Computer Science from Chicago State University, an MBA in Marketing and a Ph.D. in International Affairs & Development, both from Clark Atlanta University. He has served the journalist community for more than 30 years and still competes in tournaments occasionally.
  • Uncategorized

    Kevin Pryor shines at Emory Castle Camp

    Kevin Pryor is known more as an organizer extraordinaire in the state of Florida and currently serves as the Florida Chess Association President. After a successful 38-year career at Johnson & Johnson, he started his chess service in 2014. In 2015 he became a Board Member of the Florida Chess…

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  • Cuba

    IM Nestor Velez passes away

    IM Nestor Tomas Velez BetancourtMay 5th, 1956 – June 28, 2022 It is with regret that The Chess Drum announces the passing of Cuban International Master Nestor Velez. According to social media sources, he passed away this afternoon. Correspondence International Master MI José Guillermo De La Rosa Solórzano sent the…

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  • World Candidates

    Nepomniachtchi leading Candidates 2022 after six

    Ian Nepomniachtchi came into this Candidates Tournament as the last player who earned the right to play Magnus Carlsen for the World Championship. That match ended in a 7½–3½ disaster as the Russian lost three of the last four games. While he was gracious in defeat, Nepomniachtchi may get a…

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  • USA

    Shabazz to get Special Services Chess Award!

    Dear Chess Community, On June 17th, I was informed that I would be the recipient of a U.S. Chess Special Services award. It is indeed a great honor and I will be accepting this on behalf of The Chess Drum community worldwide. The Awards Ceremony will be held on Friday,…

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  • Drum Majors

    Maurice Ashley honored by Brownsville!

    Grandmaster Maurice Ashley was one of the esteemed honorees that also included championship boxer Mike Tyson, actress Bern Nadette Stanis (Thelma of “Good Times”) and legendary football player Otis Wilson (Chicago Bears). Christian Whitted posted on social media platforms an event honoring the sons and daughters of the Brownsville Brooklyn…

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  • Europe

    2022 Candidates Tournament is here!

    In two days, the 2022 Candidates tournament will begin with a very interesting field of new faces and some returnees from the 2020 edition. Ian Nepomniachtchi won the tournament and went on to face defending champion Magnus Carlsen for the crown. The champion got a crushing 7½-3½ win, a total…

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  • Africa

    FIDE Election tickets certified, African ticket out

    The FIDE Electoral Commission released its report in certifying the tickets for the August 7th election. Five tickets were submitted and four were certified. The only ticket that was disqualified was Enyonam Sewa Fumey of Togo who failed to secure European support. Four European-led tickets qualified and the lone African…

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  • Togo

    Togolese Chess on fire at Rapid/Blitz!

    Togo is a country of some eight million with a growing chess-playing segment. With its Founder and President on hand to welcome the players and guests, the Togo Chess Federation also had Dr. Lieutenant-Colonel Lidi Bessi-Kama bless the event. FIDE Presidential candidate Noel Enyonam Fumey was also in the building…

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  • Media Stories

    Aspiring chess master Janell Warner ready to shine

    Janell Warner posted pictures on social media about her graduation from Brandeis University and stated, “so happy to be surrounded by so much love and support.” Certainly, family and friends were on hand to celebrate the event, but the chess community can also celebrate. This is yet another example of…

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  • Chicago Open

    Jeffery Xiong nets another Chicago title!

    Jeffrey Xiong won his second Chicago Open title after his 2015 breakthrough. At the 2022 Chicago Open, he finished on 7/9 along with three others but won the tiebreak battle. Xiong has made steady progress since then and had previously made the national team. With the addition of Levon Aronian…

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