South Africa

  • 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…

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  • 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…

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  • 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…

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  • 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…

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  • 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…

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  • 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…

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  • Makoto wins South African Open

    Rodwell Makoto of Zimbabwe won the 2012 South African Open with superior tiebreaks over IM Johannes Mabusela, GM Ahmed Adly and Daniel Cawdery. All ended with 9/11. Makoto finished undefeated and drew with both Adly and GM Antonio Fernandes. Adly was upset by Craig Bornheim in the shock of the…

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  • 2012 South African Open

    Chess South Africa & Chess Western Province cordially invites all chess players to participate in 2012 South African Open Friday 29th June 2012 and will conclude on Sunday 8th July 2012Newlands Stadium Convention Centre (City of Cape Town in Western Province, South Africa) ENTRIES Entries after 27th June 2012 will…

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  • Chess outlet for S. African prisoners

    There are a lot of stories about how chess can individuals in a myriad of ways. Chess often finds a home in prison as the offenders can find the activity helpful in the coping process. Why chess? Perhaps it is the ability to control one’s fate in a place where…

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  • Kasparov in South Africa!

    Thursday 22 March 2012 Geraldine Engelman (CHESSA Director of PR & Media) β€œThe biggest problem I see among people who want to excel in chess – and in business and in life in general – is not trusting their instincts enough.” – Garry Kasparov Some of the best quotes of…

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