Drum Majors

  • 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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  • 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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  • Tani Adewumi gets second IM norm!

    Tanitoluwa AdewumiPhoto by Renaissance Knights Chess Foundation In late April, Tanitoluwa Adewumi earned his first IM norm and yesterday he earned a second. Tani earned the norm at the New York Summer Invitational where topped the field with 7/9 edging out Nakada Akira who finished with 6.5. Now the top-rated…

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  • Carlsson blitzes field in two tourneys!

    Grandmaster Pontus Carlsson took his blitz skills to Czech Republic and Slovakia and won both events by prodigious scores. Not originally known as a “blitz specialist,” the Swedish national has competed at the highest levels at the World Rapid and Blitz. In 2018, he scored 8/15 (rapid) and 10.5/21 (blitz)…

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  • 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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  • Maurice Ashley honored by Brownsville!

    Grandmaster Maurice Ashley was one of the esteemed honorees that also included championship boxer Mike Tyson, actress Bern Nadette Stanis (Thelma of “Good Times”) and legendary football player Otis Wilson (Chicago Bears). Christian Whitted posted on social media platforms an event honoring the sons and daughters of the Brownsville Brooklyn…

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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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  • Brewington Hardaway wins K8!

    Top-seed Brewington Hardaway won the K8 National Championship on tiebreaks over four co-champions. All ended with 6/7. Now 13, Brewington has continued to improve and adds the K8 title to add to the 7th grade title he won at the K12 Championships in December. He also got 9/9 in the…

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