Kobese publishes Xhosa chess book!
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.…Read More »
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…Read More »
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…Read More »
Kasparov Chess Africa to host three ‘Millionaire’ tourneys!
Contact: Graham Jurgensen Position: Executive Director – Kasparov Chess Foundation Africa Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Contact: Sid Gandhi Position: Operations Manager – Millionaire Chess Email: email@example.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…Read More »
South Africa’s “Moves for Life” moves on!
South Africa continues to forge ahead with “Moves for Life” initiative launched in 2010. President Jacob Zuma gave the program his full backing and the program has sprouted to offer chess instruction to thousands of young boys and girls. Some of the takeaway benefits are motor skills, critical thinking, concentration…Read More »
2013 African Junior Championships (Tiaret, Algeria)
The 2013 African Junior Championships were hosted on January 25th-31st at Hotel Bouazza in Tiaret, Algeria and organized by the Algerian Chess Federation (FADE) and the African Chess Union. This tournament features players under 20 years old or born before January 1, 1993. Eight federations were represented and there were…Read More »
Chess Drama at 2013 World Youth
The World Youth Team Championship was held in Al Ain, UAE typically the center of chess tournaments in the Middle East. While it broke records for the largest amount of players (1773), there were a number of issues that dampened an otherwise festive event. There were complaints about the food…Read More »
1st “Armaggedon” at African Chess Lounge
Approximately one year ago, The Chess Drum was introduced to the South Africa-based African Chess Lounge (ACL). At that time, they were holding qualifiers for a long-awaited television broadcast featuring blitz matches, news and interviews. That time has come as Reuben Salimu sent out a press release. National Master Jerald…Read More »
2013 DSK Chess Championship (S. Africa)
South Africa recently hosted the Commonwealth Championship and was graced with an appearance of Garry Kasparov. The momentum continues as a strong invitational will begin today featuring a number of Grandmasters and several regional hopefuls. Sergey Tiviakov, the globetrotting chess player, will lead a field of 13 players in the…Read More »
Solomon returns to S. Africa for simul
Typically modest about his achievements, local chess Grandmaster-elect Kenny Solomon fulfilled his lifelong dream when he played a simultaneous exhibition match against 20 promising young players at the Rocklands Library in Mitchells Plain, Cape Town on Tuesday, 26 March 2013. The exhibition was a truly inspiring moment for a player…Read More »