South Africa

  • Daniel Cawdery wins South African Championship

    IM Daniel Cawdery won his second national title by edging out the field of contemporaries including former national champions and the country’s lone Grandmaster. The tournament took place May 7-14, 2022 in the Newlands Cricket Stadium in Cape Town, South Africa. GM Kenny Solomon and IM Daniel Cawdery with a…

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  • Black History Month 2022-Day 25: IM Watu Kobese

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  • Black History Month 2022-Day 5: Wilbert Paige Memorial

    NM Wilbert Paige (1959-1994)Photo by Jerry Bibuld One of the most important chess events in Black history had to have been the Wilbert Paige Memorial. The tournament was held in honor of Philadelphia master Wilbert Paige who died in 1994 in his mid-30s. A product of West Philadelphia High School…

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  • The Chess Drum on South African Twitch tomorrow!

    Tomorrow The Chess Drum’s Daaim Shabazz will be on a show called “Reflections” hosted by Lyndon Bouah, a long-time chess advocate for South Africa. The two met 2004 at the Chess Olympiad in Calvia, Spain. Dr. Lyndon Bouah with “Reflection on Chess in the Rainbow Nation.” Photo courtesy of Lyndon…

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  • Bouah recounts S. African history in new book!

    Dr. Lyndon Bouah with newly-released book, “Reflection on Chess in the Rainbow Nation.” Photo courtesy of Lyndon Bouah. Dr. Lyndon Bouah is well-known in African chess circles, but specifically for being a longtime advocate for chess in South Africa. Dr. Bouah completed his doctorate at the University of the Western…

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  • International Master Watu Kobese

    Mazda ad features Watu Kobese

    International Master Watu Kobese tells his story about his passion for chess in a Mazda ad.

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  • Levon Aronian in South Africa!

    Levon Aronian sharing wisdom prior toSouth Africa Junior Chess ChampionshipsPhoto by Tendai Mubayiwa Africa is starting off the year with hopes of capitalizing off of the momentum generated from last year’s progress. Last year an elite contingent of chess Grandmasters visited Africa as part of the historic Grand Chess Tour…

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  • The Importance of Nakamura’s Trip to South Africa

    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…

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  • Beauty of Africa through a Chess Lens

    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 landmass has a complicated history, but its complexity may be softened by the sheer diversity and beauty. Each time I travel to…

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  • Triple Exclam touches down in Africa

    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…

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