Archive for the 'South Africa' Category

Before going to Spain in an attempt to defend his Gibraltar titles (2008, 2015, 2016, 2017), GM Hikaru Nakamura traveled to South Africa for a visit and a series of exhibitions. There were a number of videos buzzing around in social media and the visions of over-excited South Africans made it a must-see event. Nakamura […]

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On the campus of University of Cape Town There are many ways to describe the African continent. Some know it as the “Cradle of Civilization” and by others as the “Dark Continent.” Rest assured, this massive land mass has a complicated history, but its complexity may be softened by the sheer diversity and beauty. Each […]

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Cape Town is one of the places that one must see when visiting South Africa. It has a complicated history, but also has a charm that is comparable to that of any other well-developed city. During my trip I visited the Claremont Chess Club and met with Reuben Salimu and other club members. I will […]

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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. With the emergence of Asian […]

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Zambian IM Daniel Jere won the Millionaire Open Satellite in thrilling fashion.All photos by Reint Dykema (Facebook) Zambia has long lived in the shadow of African chess powers, but they have repeatedly produced players of great talent. GM Amon Simutowe of Ndola, Zambia, is one of the greatest talents ever produced in Africa. However, chances […]

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During the 2016 Gibraltar Tradewise Masters in Spain, GM Kenny Solomon was ask to give a “Master Class” and he obliged. The South African reviewed two games with GM Stuart Conquest. The first against GM Sebastian Bogner of (Switzerland) and the second against GM Robert Zelcic (Croatia). The latter game displaying the odd …Rg8!? but […]

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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 them needed experience for growing […]

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After the contentious Presidential election of the World Chess Federation (known as FIDE) in 2014 featuring incumbent President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov and former World Champion Garry Kasparov, the future of the African continent was in serious question. Little had been done in past decades to provide the continent with firm footing to develop consistent programs. Ethiopian […]

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The Millionaire Chess Satellite tournament had thrills and spills as the tournament crown and spoils went to blitz tiebreaks after a three-way tie in nine rounds of play. IM Johannes Mabusela of South Africa had led through most of the tournament scoring six wins in a row before taking a short draw with IM Chitumbo […]

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IM Johannes Mabusela with a clean sheet. Photo by Reint Dykema. IM Johannes Mabusela is in form as he leads the Millionaire Satellite tournament on 6/6 after beating GM Kenny Solomon (South Africa) in round six. The tournament is being held in Johannesburg and is the last of the satellite tournaments for the Millionaire Chess […]

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The field for the Tsogo Sun Millionaire Satellite has just been boosted by the inclusion of GM Kenny Solomon who confirmed his participation yesterday morning. There are now only 4 days to go to the start of the third and final Satellite event tournament and players who still wish to participate are asked to register […]

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IM Watu Kobese with “Masidlale Uthimba”. Photo by Mariska Morris. Chess has now been written in yet another language… the language of Xhosa. Author IM Watu Kobese has made chess available in this language again showing the game’s universality. It will aid in reaching the rural areas of South Africa. The first time I heard […]

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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 about the pending visit of […]

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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 2001 at both the World […]

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Contact: Graham Jurgensen Position: Executive Director – Kasparov Chess Foundation Africa Email: grahamjurg@gmail.com Contact: Sid Gandhi Position: Operations Manager – Millionaire Chess Email: support@millionairechess.com KASPAROV CHESS FOUNDATION AFRICA TO RUN MILLIONAIRE CHESS SATELLITE TOURNAMENTS IN 3 AFRICAN COUNTRIES January 29, 2015 – Millionaire Chess has announced that the Kasparov Chess Foundation Africa (KCFA) will organize […]

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