Africa

  • 2015 Millionaire Chess Satellite (Nairobi, Kenya)

    Uganda’s Harold Wanyama (right) beat his compatriot and top-seed IM Elijah Emojong in an important 5th round encounter. He went on to win his last three games to take the first of three qualifying tournaments in Africa. Photo by Kasparov Chess Foundation. The first of the three satellite tournaments in…

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  • Millionaire Chess qualifier set in Kenya!

    Millionaire Chess Open is gearing up for its second edition in October with three very important events. Back in January it was announced that the Kasparov Chess Foundation Africa (KCFA) would support the MC mission by organizing three satellite tournaments in Africa. The first one will take place in Nairobi,…

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  • Majur Juac: A “Lost Boy” who found success

    Majur Juac’s story is the kind that often go untold in chess. Many of those in the American chess circuit may be oblivious to the hundreds of wonderful life stories that can be told by chess players at any given tournament. The travesty is that we rarely get a chance…

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  • The Drum beats in Durban, RSA!

    Daaim Shabazz with Erick Takawira in Durban, South Africa. While on a recent visit in South Africa, The Chess Drum’s Daaim Shabazz got a chance to meet with two members of the South African chess community. Bruce Tendai Mubayiwa had been in contact with Shabazz and began to tell others…

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  • GM Kenny Solomon honored!

    GM Kenny Solomon being feted by CHESSA and Western Cape authority.Photo by Mitchell Plains Chess. Kenny Solomon has appeared on The Chess Drum almost since its inception and it goes without saying that his talents have been known for quite some time. Having first gotten exposed to U.S. players in…

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  • The Drum Majors of Chess: Part Three

    Chess enthusiasts and supporters, Chess Grandmaster. That title carries a ring of prestige… an aura of honor. It is a coveted title worn by only a relative few. Unfortunately, few in the Black community have been fortunate enough to reach such chess attainment. In the first two segments of this…

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  • Rwanda chess making strides!

    Mini-Chess Seminar Following the success of the 40th Year TPLF Anniversary Cup in Ethiopia, the focus now moves to Rwanda where MiniChess master trainer Malusi Lekalakala has just completed another successful series of training sessions. Malusi Lekalakala conducting the “train the trainers” seminar. Malusi was in the country from the…

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  • Ethiopia-Kenya-Uganda build chess bridges!

    Chess Kenya and the Ethiopian Chess Federation recently held a tournament in Mekele, Tigrai, Ethiopia to foster a better sense of cooperation in the region. Bordering Kenya on the northeast, a Kenyan delegation traveled to partake in the festival at the same time the country was celebrating the 40th Year…

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  • The Drum Majors of Chess: Part Two

    Chess enthusiasts and supporters,

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  • Akinseye interviews ACC’s Lewis Ncube

    Akinyele Akinseye A very important interview has been conducted by Nigeria’s Akinseye Akinleye of Lewis Ncube, the President of the African Chess Confederation (ACC). It covers a wide range of topics from the new structure of the African Championships (including automatic GM titles), the African Grand Prix and expansion to…

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