2012 Zimbabwe Open
From Clive Mphambela on Facebook… Friends please note that the Zim Open is on 29th Dec to 1st January 2013. Entry Fees are $10.00 Adults $5.00 Scholars. $20.00 will be paid by Visitors. IM’s Chitumbo Mwale, Gwaze, Mabusela, FM Makoto Are invited and will be exempt from entry fees. They…Read More »
Coming to America: The Queen of Katwe
Phiona Mutesi speaking at New York’s Marshall Chess Club with coach Robert Katende. Photo by Latisha Ballard.Phiona Mutesi has had a whirlwind experience since participating in the 2010 Olympiad in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia. This is not Prince Akeem’s fictitious “Coming to America,” but a true story of a Ugandan schoolgirl who…Read More »
Mutesi graces cover of Chess Life
Perhaps the cover of Phiona Mutesi gives a compelling picture of how chess serves as a universal agent for social change. Jamaal Abdul-Alim recounts Mutesi’s story from Tim Crother’s stirring book titled, “The Queen of Katwe”. It describes the hardships of a slum in Uganda and her chess journey. The…Read More »
Asanga puts West Africa on FIDE map
WFM Nsisong Asanga (right) with reserve player Oluchi Alexis at the 2012 Olympiad in Istanbul, Turkey. Photo by Daaim Shabazz. Dr. Nsisong Bassey Asanga went to Istanbul unsure of what her travels would bring. With a very busy schedule as a medical doctor, a wife and mother, she has little…Read More »
African Lounge launches TV Show!
African Chess Lounge (ACL) recently held a successful qualifier which was publicized on their TV show. The organization was launched last November as an all-purpose chess entity with TV programming, training and chess equipment sales. Reuben Salimu is the pioneer leading the South African initiative and is located in Western…Read More »
Phiona Mutesi: The Queen of Katwe
In a chess world where players are obsessed with the exploits of Magnus Carlsen or the latest intricacies of the Sicilian Najdorf stands Phiona Mutesi, a Ugandan player of very humble beginnings and one whom most have never heard of. Normally a story like hers would not get any mention…Read More »
Jere, Epah win Zambian Sports crowns!
IM Daniel Jere at 2012 Chess Olympiad. Zambia has been riding a wave of chess success in the past year. While not duplicating the team success of the 2010 Chess Olympiad in Khanty-Mansisyk, Zambian players have seen a number of individual accolades. There is now serious talk about Zambia getting…Read More »
2012 Botswana Open
Kelvin Chumfwa Wins BOTSWANA OPEN 2012 with 9.5/11 edging out FM Gillian Bwalya who finished on equal 9.5/11. The winner’s medal went to Chumfwa who beat Gillian in round 8 though they shared the prize money equally. Kelvin beat Linus Katebe who finished on 8.5/11 and Gillian had to work…Read More »
Drum Interviews @ Istanbul Olympiad
Olympiad tournaments are full of interesting personalities ranging from professional players, to enthusiastic organizers and to national champions in tiny chess countries. IM Kenneth Solomon The Chess Drum was able to get 12 interviews during the 40th Chess Olympiad including its third with three-time Olympic champion Levon Aronian. Please sit…Read More »
Solomon gets Olympiad double norm!
In the past few years, life has really changed for IM Kenny Solomon. Now married with a daughter and living in Italy, his life has a new purpose. When I interviewed Solomon after the sixth round, I asked him if this life change helped his chess and he stated that…Read More »