2014 Chess Olympiad (Tromso, Norway)
Dear Chess World, The 2014 Chess Olympiad has begun. Teams from 174 countries totaling 1800 players have assembled for today’s Opening Ceremonies. There are already reports of teams being escorted to the respective hotels for what will be two weeks of chess festivities and action. Hou Yifan beat Kateryna Lagno…Read More »
Inside look at Ghana Chess
Dr. Kwame Nkrumah Ghana is a place that many decide to choose for their initial visit to Africa. The reasons are many, but typically Ghana has an intricate blend of qualities that make it a very lovable place… the energy and happiness of the people are perhaps the most noted.…Read More »
Shabazz carries beat to Ghana!
Dr. Shabazz in front of the Accra International Conference Center in 1998! The Africa Union just celebrated its 50th anniversary last month as African dignitaries came from around the continent to chart a course for the next 50 years. Started as the Organization of African Unity in 1963, the idea…Read More »
Reflections of 2013 U.S. Championship
St. Louis was settled by Pierre Laclède and Auguste Chouteau and named after French king Saint Louis, this city of 318,000 is known for its baseball and the iconic Gateway Arch. It is also a place of childhood memories for me. When by parents drove from Chicago to East St.…Read More »
London: Chess’ New Linares?
Back in 2007, I visited London, England for the first time to attend a conference held by the International Academy of African Business Development (IAABD) at London Metropolitan University. I had heard much about the famed metropolis of eight million, but particularly the rainy, gloomy days and pedestrian congestion. While…Read More »
Reflections on Istanbul Olympiad
I have always wanted to visit Turkey. It is one of those places that one reads about in school. The Ottoman Empire and the vision of Kemal Attaturk are those I had known about, but to see the famous Blue Mosque was something I had to witness. The 40th Chess…Read More »
2012 Chess Olympiad (Istanbul, Turkey)
Chess Fans & Supporters, The time has come! The premier chess tournament is here! More than 160 federations are expected to trek across the globe to partake in this two-week festival. Many of the top players will be defending their flags and it is expected to be a competitive fight…Read More »
The Chess Drum beats in Cuba!
Cuba is the largest Caribbean island boasting a rich history and some of the most passionate people on the planet. It is part of this passion that has produced the creativity and ingenuity in a land of modesty. Cuba is a place full of many stories. There is the political…Read More »
2011 Bahamas National Open
Yan LyanskyPhoto courtesy of Andre White. The Bahamas National Open took place April 15th-17th in Nassau. The round started out on Friday evening with a brief ceremony as the CW Sawyer Primary School. There were 26 players participating with 16 in the Candidates section and 10 in the Scholastic section.…Read More »
The Chess Drum beats in Trinidad!
Daaim Shabazz will attend the Caribbean Chess Carnival in Trinidad & Tobago beginning August 3rd and extending to August 8th. The tournament has been able to attract top players from Latin America and the Caribbean. IM Humberto Pecorelli of Cuba has won the tournament the last three years, but will…Read More »