Husbands wins 2020 Michael Ford Memorial
Barbados’ top chess player Orlando Husbands finished off the year in grand style by winning the Michael Forde Memorial Championship with a perfect record over the weekend to secure a fourth major title for 2020. The 23-year-old International Master brushed aside each of his seven opponents and was crowned champion…Read More »
Caribbean vs. Chicago is a massive hit!
A wonderful development has resulted during the past few years and spearheaded by the Chicago Chess Blitzers (CCB). It started with traveling matches (Detroit, Cleveland, St. Louis, New York) and when the distance was an issue, online cage matches were arranged. After the National Blitz League was launched in 2017…Read More »
Pitterson’s Twitch hosts The Chess Drum!
In this age of the coronavirus, activity has migrated online as thousands of players have set up YouTube channels and registered for online accounts on various chess servers. One of the major contributors to the boom in online chess has been the streaming platform of Twitch. This revolution has made…Read More »
Bob Wheeler, Pioneer of Jamaican Chess, dead at 70
Remembering late Jamaican chess legend Robert Wheeler by Bertram Scott Robert Wheeler, one of Jamaica’s legendary chess players and administrators, was one of the founding members of the Jamaica Chess Federation. Jamaica chess legend Robert Wheeler passed away on Tuesday, June 30, at the Kingston Public Hospital at age 70,…Read More »
Bert Scott’s book on Jamaican Chess History!
Bert Scott may be known to some from running the Jamaica Chess Ambassadors website for several years in the 2000s. He took up the game during the “Fischer Boom,” and like many, got the book, Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess. He has been an active chess player since the 70s and…Read More »
Trinidadian chess princess Della-Marie remains comatose
Della-Marie Walcott at 2012 Chess Olympiad in Istanbul, Turkey Photo by Rohan Waite Della-Marie Walcott had everything going for her. At 14, she was confident, smart, pretty with an effervescent personality. She was also a rising talent in chess! Her parents Dominic Walcott and Debra Walcott, were immensely proud, as…Read More »
Pan-African Chess thrives in 2020!
Without a doubt, there is a lot of online activity during the global crisis and it is creating energy in places that were rather isolated. Particularly in the African Diaspora, there has been a fire ignited with a number of cage matches and activity on lichess.org and broadcast on streaming…Read More »
2020 Jamaica Nat’l Age Championships
With COVID-19 bearing down on the world, Jamaica got in the last of their tournament activity before the Executive Council of the Jamaican Chess Federation (JCF) suspended activity on March 13th. That included the St. Catherine Open, a FIDE-rated event scheduled for March 19th-22nd. In light of the coronavirus (COVID19)…Read More »
90th FIDE Congress (Abu Dhabi, UAE)
Abu Dhabi, UAE… site of the 90th FIDE Congress A total of 195 federations from 195 countries were represented by their delegates at the 90th FIDE Congress held in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The General Assembly and Executive Board Meetings were held on February 28-29th. The General Assembly opened…Read More »
Warri Champion, September Christian passes away
September Christian Cyril “September” Christian, one of world’s most heralded warri players, died Friday, November 15th after a battle with cancer. Christian was one of a line of strong warri players hailing from the small twin islands of Antigua and Barbuda. The game came to the West Indies along with…Read More »