2018 World Candidates Tournament (Berlin, Germany)
Today the World Chess Candidates will start the process of determining the challenger for the World Championship match later on in the year against World Champion Magnus Carlsen. The tournament will take place in the German capital of Berlin, the city’s first time hosting the event. The field will feature…Read More »
Drum Interviews @ Millionaire Chess Open
The Millionaire Chess Open has come and gone, but will not be soon forgotten. The four-day festival culminated with an exciting playoff and in the end GM Wesley So came out victorious. The 21-year old Filipino was expressive at the closing ceremony and could be seen milling out in a…Read More »
Things heating up at World Team ’13!!
Two more rounds remain at the the 2013 World Team Championships and it will be a race to gold. Ukraine is currently atop the field by one point over Russia with 12 points, while China (10 pts.) and the USA (8 pts.) are also fighting for medal contention. Kramnik’s fortune…Read More »
2013 World Team Championship (Antalya, Turkey)
While the fervor from World Championship has subsided and Magnus Carlsen settles into his role as the World Champion, other action is heating up in Antalya, Turkey. The biennial World Team Championship is being held featuring ten of the top teams including the host nation of Turkey. Hikaru Nakamura is…Read More »
Nakamura is “Fischer-esque”… wins 960
U.S. Champion Hikaru Nakamura is on a rampage in 2009 having won six tournaments in a row including the recent San Sebastian in Spain and yesterday the Chess 960 World Championship in Mainz, Germany. He won the championship yesterday against the defending champion Levon Aronian of Armenia and the name…Read More »
The Drum beats in Germany!
The Chess Drum’s Daaim Shabazz was interviewed by Dr. Rene Gralla for Neues Deutschland and ChessBase (Germany). The interviewed broached a number of subjects including the origins of The Chess Drum, impact of President Barack Obama on chess, or the “Obama Effect,” hip-hop chess, Black masters, Bernard Parham’s 2.Qh5, women’s…Read More »
Rwanda reports Olympiad visa problems
Rwanda, only fielding three players, also had visa problems and were not permitted to stay until the end of the Olympiad. It’s ironic that they mentioned the success of Uganda, a team fielding two players due to visa problems. Several other African nations reported visa problems. Other affected African nations…Read More »
Reflections from Dresden Olympiad
The 2008 Dresden Olympiad was one of memories… some good, some bad. Overall the Chess Olympiad is like a dreamland for chess players. A place were thousands of people assemble from all corners of the earth for one thing… chess. Imagine that. People traveling for thousands of miles for chess……Read More »
Ugandans in Olympiad Crisis!
Wanyama Harold (Uganda) After months of desparately trying to raise funds and attend the Olympiad, players on the Ugandan side are without visas to travel. Only two players have been able to secure a visa, but the team forfeited for failing to field 50% of the team. They have missed…Read More »
Botswana added to list of visa troubles
Given that African federations raised the possibility of visa troubles in Germany at the 2004 FIDE General Assembly, the Dresden organizers should have forseen the current debacles. Botswana is the latest of African nations to have visa problems to attend the 2008 Chess Olympiad in Dresden, Germany. The tournament starts…Read More »