Drum Majors

  • Malaku Lorne reigns at Jamaica’s Millionaire Qualifier!

    While seven-time Jamaica champion FM Warren Elliott was the favourite going into the Millionaire Chess Qualifier, Malaku Lorne had to have been in the conversation of who would win the all-expense trip to the Millionaire Chess Open in October. With such high stakes, the Jamaican Chess Federation decided to limit…

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  • 2015 Millionaire Chess Satellite (Kingston, Jamaica)

    “MILLIONAIRE CHESS” COMES TO JAMAICA! History will unfold in Jamaican Chess at 6:00 pm on Wednesday August 5, 2015 when the first round of the Millionaire Chess Qualifier (“MCQ”) pawns off at the Christar Villas Hotel in Kingston, Jamaica. This tournament is being held under the auspices of the Jamaica…

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  • Emory Tate rekindles magic in simul!

    IM Emory Tate is perhaps the most selfless player around. His willingness to wander by random analysis sessions and suggest a move is uncommon among master-level players. He does it with such flair and expression that he often leaves bystanders gawking at his suggestions. (Note: Yes… it’s happened to me.)…

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  • Oatlhotse wins Millionaire Satellite in S. Africa!

    The Millionaire Chess Satellite tournament had thrills and spills as the tournament crown and spoils went to blitz tiebreaks after a three-way tie in nine rounds of play. IM Johannes Mabusela of South Africa had led through most of the tournament scoring six wins in a row before taking a…

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  • Kobese publishes Xhosa chess book!

    IM Watu Kobese with “Masidlale Uthimba”. Photo by Mariska Morris. Chess has now been written in yet another language… the language of Xhosa. Author IM Watu Kobese has made chess available in this language again showing the game’s universality. It will aid in reaching the rural areas of South Africa.…

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  • FM Elliott notches 7th Jamaican title!

    FM WARREN ELLIOTT – TOAST OF AWARDS! FM Warren Elliott was the toast of the awards ceremony recently staged by the Jamaica Chess Federation (“JCF”) at Christar Villas Hotel to honour the prize-winners in the 2015 Jamaican Chess Championship and the 2015 President’s Invitational tournament, respectively. FM Warren Elliott (centre)…

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  • Corbin unleashes “Elephant” @ World Open

    An “unretired” FM Philip Corbin drawing Billy Turner at the 2014 World Open. Photo by Daaim Shabazz. With the World Open only a few weeks away, we always seem to refer back to novel games of that tournament whether played on the very top boards or boards in the amateur…

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  • Ronald Simpson Scholastic Tournament!

    A scholastic tournament in the memory of FM Ron Simpson is being held on tomorrow. Simpson was raised in Brooklyn where he became a fixture in the New York scene and the “Black Bear School of Chess” with many of the key figures in the Black chess community. Bob Ali…

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  • Amin, Khaled 2015 African Champions!

    GM Bassem Amin and WGM Mona Khaled 2015 African Champions Egypt has still proven to be the most dominant chess power on the continent of 54 African nations (43 active federations). Both GM Bassem Amin and WGM Mona Khaled proved again to be the best in the Valley of Kings…

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  • Emory Tate sighting in Europe!

    IM Emory TatePhoto by Daaim Shabazz. Chris Torres, President of the Torres Chess and Music runs an interesting blog called, “Chess Musings“. Recently, he ran a recent story about “Drum Major” and International Master Emory Tate. Known around the world (and of course to The Chess Drum audience), some may…

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