Caribbean

  • Historic Moments: Country Spotlight… Martinique

    When one thinks of chess in the Caribbean, perhaps only the English-speaking countries come to mind. Of course, Cuba is by far the strongest chess nation in the Caribbean, but most seem to forget due to the strong affiliation to Latin America. The Dutch-speaking Caribbean territory has been active in…

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  • Jamaica @ Chess Olympiad (Bled, Slovenia)

    The 35th Chess Olympiad in Bled, Slovenia through a Jamaican Microscope: A Fantastic Sojourn by Ian Wilkinson (Kingston, Jamaica, WEST INDIES) “A tower of nine stories begins with a heap of earth. The journey of a thousand li starts from where one stands.” – Tao-te Ching (Chapter 64 by Lao…

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  • The Mind of a Grandmaster

    In the chess world, GMs are considered the elite thinkers. Perhaps it is safe to say that a GM is superior in the handling of one or more key areas of the game which most times leads to finding the clearest path to victory. In his popular book, Road to…

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  • Lateral Thinking in Chess

    Lateral Thinking in Chess by Mark Bowen (Kingston, Jamaica, WEST INDIES) Prior to the start of the 1998 Winter Olympics at Nagano, the World Powers in Ice Hockey were considered to be the USA, Canada, and Russia. Facing these daunting opponents the Czech Republic team adopted an unexpected defensive approach.…

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  • Historic Moments: CHESS from around the World!

    Atlanta, Georgia (USA) Clockwise: Frank Johnson at one of his many study sessions with Shredder. A blitz session between a determined Issac Hinch (L) and a trash-talkin’ Donald Jackson (R) draws an audience of FM Stephen Muhammad and Sulaiman Smith (standing). Smith and Muhammad set battle into motion with a…

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  • Historic Moments: Featuring Cuba’s Rogelio Ortega

    Cuba’s Native Son Rogelio Ortega The island of Cuba has a great many traditions. With its distinct blend of Spanish and African heritage, Cuba bustles with energy and its citizens are friendly, easy-going and very passionate. One passion that pervades the Cuban society is chess. The birthplace of former World…

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  • 2nd qualifier for the Barbados Championship set for June 20th

    Allen Herbert of the Barbados Chess Federation (BCF) reports that the 2nd qualifier to determine the last six players for the National Championship will start on June 20th. The eight-round format will be open to all BCF members. The top five players will go on to compete for the National…

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