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  • Blitz tourney heats up NYC… Colas wins!

    2022 New York/Georgetown Blitz Invitational New York City recently held a blitz championship culminating in a classic battle between Josh Colas and Nigeria’s Adegboyega Joel Adebayo. The New York/Georgetown Blitz Invitational tournament was the beginning of what is to come in 2023 according to Aggrey Duncan, What we are trying…

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  • Justus Williams notches first GM norm!

    International Master Justus Williams took a big step toward his goal of becoming an International Grandmaster by earning his first GM norm. Just over one year ago, he clinched his IM title, won a couple of tournaments, and wrote a nice article in Chess Life titled, “Getting My Reps In.”…

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  • Tani Adewumi earns another IM norm!

    This picture was the beginning of a journey for 8-year-old Tani Adewumi, who became a national sensation. He earned a 3rd International Master norm last Sunday. Photo by Christopher Lee (New York Times). In November 2021, Tanitoluwa “Tani” Adewumi earned his FIDE Master (FM) title. At the NYC Fall GM/IM…

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  • Maurice Ashley on C-Squared Podcast

    GM Maurice Ashley at the World Chess Hall of Fame with his plaque.Photo courtesy of Maurice Ashley GM Maurice Ashley recently appeared on the C-Squared Podcast with GMs Fabiano Caruana and Christian Chirila discussing a wide range of topics you have never heard before. The format was a very relaxed…

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  • Saad Elmi, Next Star in Norway?

    Sixteen-year-old Saad Abobaker Elmi recently scored 7/11 in the World Youth Chess Championships in Romania after winning the Nordic Youth Championships. Of Somalian ancestry, his parents immigrated to Oslo, Norway where he took up chess at an early age. He recently came in second in the Norway Junior Championships and…

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  • Kassa Korley seeking 3rd GM Norm

    IM Kassa Korley preparing for the Round 9 game against GM Tiger Hillarp Persson.Photo by Dansk Skak Union. Kassa Korley has been fiercely competing in norm tournaments in an attempt to earn his 3rd and final Grandmaster norm. The New York City (Harlem) native created a stir while earning his…

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  • IM norm for Zimbabwe’s Zhemba Jemusse!

    Zhemba Jemusse, an untitled player, was competing in his first Olympiad in Chennai, India and was excited to experience the world’s biggest stage. Team Zimbabwe was looking smart in their suits and matching accessories with “Zimbabwe Chess” proudly displayed.  ZIMBABWE Left to Right: IM Rodwell Makoto, Tapiwa Gora (ZCF Technical…

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  • Tyrone Davis gives Gift of Chess to Nigeria

    National Master Tyrone Davis III graduated last month from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) with a degree in computer science. He told The Chess Drum that he’ll be joining Saba Capital as an investment analyst in NYC. National Master Tyrone Davis III playing Benjamin, a boy whom he is…

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  • GM Kenny Solomon launches book!

    South African Grandmaster Kenny Solomon has collaborated with Dr. Lyndon Bouah to present his autobiography titled, My Game Plan: My Quest to Become a Chess Grandmaster. There will be a ZOOM book launch at 20:35 CET (14:35 EST). Here is his Facebook message:Hi everyone, I am pleased to announce the…

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  • Justus Williams pens article in Chess Life

    IM Justus Williams presented an article in Chess Life covering his participation in the Mid-American Open in St. Louis. While Williams is known more for his Grandmaster aspirations, he took the time to write a very interesting article. It included some of the random distractions you may face in between…

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