Archive for the 'Cuba' Category

Tania Hernández Álvarez was a prominent player in the Cuba’s women’s circuit haven competed in the national championship several times. However, she joined a large migrant population of chess players and she settled abroad in Costa Rica and renewed passion for chess. A few years ago, she obtained Costa Rican citizenship and now competes for […]

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During “Black History Month” in the U.S., there is a lot of pride taken in the pioneers who made proud accomplishments while fighting against the odds. Of course, this is an American invention, but we would do justice to extend accolades to the greater African Diaspora. Cuba is one such country with a rich African […]

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WIM Oleiny Linares Napoles 2019 Cuban Women’s Champion Oleiny Linares (35) has appeared on these pages many times. She has been one of the top Cuban players on the women’s circuit and has competed since the age of 10. The Santiago de Cuba native has represented the island nation numerous times including three times as […]

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I found a very touching story that ran last year in On Cuba magazine featuring Oleiny Linares Napoles, silver medalist in the 2008 Chess Olympiad in Dresden, Germany. She has been featured on The Chess Drum several times and is one of the strongest women of African ancestry. Oleiny Linares Napoles at her home in […]

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Drum Interviews @ St. Louis 2017 Rapid & Blitz The inaugural event was launched in St. Louis on the tailend of the 2017 Sinquefield Cup won by Maxime Vachier-Lagrave. It is hard to top such a strong field, but the intrigue was heightened when the 13th World Champion decided to play in the St. Louis […]

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Club Capablanca will be one of the venues featured in the documentary. Photo by Daaim Shabazz. In January, Karney Hatch contacted The Chess Drum about a documentary he was filming on chess in Cuba. He had read the blog posts on the Drum here and here from the 2012 visit. The filmmaker mentioned that he […]

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The Millionaire Chess Open has come and gone, but will not be soon forgotten. The four-day festival culminated with an exciting playoff and in the end GM Wesley So came out victorious. The 21-year old Filipino was expressive at the closing ceremony and could be seen milling out in a jubilant mood. Varuzhan Akobian (right) […]

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QUEEN NEFERTARI (Egypt) Each year in America, the Black community commemorates the accomplishments of many pioneers who overcame political exclusion, racial discrimination and socioeconomic hardships. In general the many historic figures are given each year during “Black History Month” and their accomplishments are reflected. The Chess Drum will take this opportunity to highlight some that […]

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Rogelio Ortega in Zdroj, Poland in 1967.Photo by Alojzy Milka (courtesy of Dariusz Milka). There are many global heroes of sport, yet we often forget about those who never caught the glare of the bright lights but shone as brightly on the national scene. Every two years we see this marvel in the Olympiad tournaments. […]

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Peter Doggers’ Chessvibes ran a story about a row in Spain after a Ukrainian GM Viktor Moskalenko hurled accusations at a contingent of Cuban players who compete in the Spanish circuit. One of the prime targets is GM Orelvis Perez Mitjans who recently was conferred his GM title last year in Istanbul. GM Orelvis Perez […]

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