Caribbean

  • IM Nestor Velez passes away

    IM Nestor Tomas Velez BetancourtMay 5th, 1956 – June 28, 2022 It is with regret that The Chess Drum announces the passing of Cuban International Master Nestor Velez. According to social media sources, he passed away this afternoon. Correspondence International Master MI José Guillermo De La Rosa Solórzano sent the…

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  • Jamaica’s Christie wins Heroes Cup 2022!

    Barbados Chess Federation, “Jamaican Christie takes spot in Heroes Day Cup, Wilson wins Challengers section,” barbadoschess.org, 29 April 2022. Leading local chess players Orlando Husbands and Justin Blackman missed out on top honours as Jamaican Joshua Christie captured the Masters section in the Barbados Chess Federation’s Heroes Day Cup. FM…

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  • Cayman Islands’ Chess Jubilee!

    The Cayman Islands Chess Federation was formed in 2018 with a grand plan to build a chess community as many of their neighbors had done. Only two years later, the federation became a member of FIDE, the world’s chess body. Carlo Lee speaks about chess in the Cayman Islands at…

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  • Black History Month 2022-Day 20: Afro-Latino Chess

    In this Black History Month, we honor our Afro-Latino chess kindred as part of our shared history. The Chess Drum has spent 21 years covering chess around the globe and while the site has presented coverage of major international events, it has focused its energy on the African Diaspora. One…

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  • Black History Month 2022-Day 2: Rogelio Ortega

    Cuba has long been a country of great courage and pride. It has a proud tradition of chess in the memory of José Raúl Capablanca and has produced a number of strong players. Unbeknownst to many, there has been a strong cadre of Cuban players of African ancestry and we…

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  • FM Ignacio Pérez (1967-2022) passes away

    FM Ignacio Perez (1967-2022)Photo by Washington State Chess Federation The Seattle chess community is in mourning after the passing of Ignacio Pérez on January 11th, 2022. The long-time Seattle resident succumbed after a lengthy battle with throat cancer but remained active in the chess community despite his illness. He was…

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  • Belize, Dominica, Niger, and St. Vincent join FIDE

    A couple months ago, GM Nigel Short contacted The Chess Drum and mentioned that St. Vincent and the Grenadines would become a provisional FIDE member. At the 92nd General Assembly meeting, St. Vincent as well as Belize, Dominica and Niger became full FIDE members. St. Vincent & Grenadines Back in…

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  • Ramón Mateo… Dominican trailblazer!

    Ramón Mateo For many years, the name Ramón Mateo has been a trailblazer of Latin American and Caribbean chess. In the U.S., his name was also known due to his time living in New York and playing in the parks. However, what is clear is that Mateo (meaning “Matthew”) has…

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  • GM Román Hernández Onna dies at 71

    GM Román Hernández Román Hernández Onna passed away early this month on June 1st from a lengthy illness. The Cuban Grandmaster and former national champion was 71 years old. As a pioneer, Hernandez had a long résumé before he ventured abroad and faced some of the world’s elite competition. Recently,…

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  • Richards elected as St. Lucia’s Chess President

    Tris-Ann RichardsPresident of St. Lucian Chess FederationPhoto courtesy of Tris-Ann Richards(St. Lucia Chess Federation) The island of St. Lucia has turned over a new leaf after their Annual General Meeting on Thursday, April 15th. During an online meeting, members of the St. Lucia Chess Federation (SLCF) elected their Executive Board.…

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