• Baku 2016: The Africans are Coming!

    Today the 2016 Olympiad games will officially open with the Opening Ceremonies with 181 teams representing 176 countries. Many of these countries represent the best that each country has to offer. Within the last decade that generally meant a permanent balance of power tilting to Western Europe and North America.…

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  • 2016 Africa Chess Calendar is out!

    African continental President Lewis Ncube and African Chess Confederation the has released the chess calendar for the 2016 year. It encompasses all the major events, but may include others that have yet to be posted. A number of young federations are being thrust into organizing events in order to get…

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  • “Gabon-Gate” heats up… legal docs fly

    Legal documents have been filed with the FIDE Electoral Commission by the Kasparov campaign accusing the Kirsan Ilyumzhinov campaign with a list of violations including illegally changing the identity of the voting delegates for Gabon and Afghanistan. The complaints also state that FIDE has listed “Netherland Antilles” as a voting…

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  • FIDE Election Rumble in “Gabon-Gate”

    BREAKING NEWS! Gabon made headlines at The Chess Drum after being involved in a “zero tolerance” controversy involving the late Jean-Pierre Moulain Ayombo at the 2008 Olympiad in Dresden. Moulain was on 8.5/10 when he was accused of not being present at the board against a winless player from the…

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