The Chess Drum Beats in Africa!
On May 15th, I left Chicago’s O’Hare airport for a long journey to Africa. I finally set foot in Africa on May 18th in Johannesburg, South Africa. My trip was delayed two days because of a passport issue. I finally got my passport corrected, boarded my flight and flew a…Read More »
2010 Caribbean Chess Carnival (Trinidad)
The Trinidadian Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs and the Trinidad & Tobago Chess Foundation will be hosting its annual Caribbean Chess Carnival from August 3rd – August 8th. The tournament has become a popular fixture in the Caribbean and hopes to attract a strong field in the Open section.…Read More »
Kenya welcomes Shabazz!
On May 17th, I arranged with Kenyan players to visit Kenya’s Checkmates Chess Club. I had come to Nairobi from Johannesburg and posted on the Kenyan Forum that I was in town. After e-mail and phone call exchanges, both Mehul Gohil and Kim Bhari came to pick me up from…Read More »
The Drum goes to Qatar!
The Chess Drum’s Dr. Daaim Shabazz will be in Doha, Qatar next week to visit local universities and will certainly seek out the chess venues. The small nation on the Arabian peninsula is home to GM Mohamed al-Modiahki and his wife GM Zhu Chen. Zhu now plays under the Qatari…Read More »
Interesting story from Bahrain
2009 Arcapita Open (Manama, Bahrain) There was an interesting story on ChessBase about the Arcapita International Open in Bahrain. It appears many parts of the world are moving forth with their development plans in chess. I actually traveled to Bahrain in 2002 before Kramnik’s match with Deep Fritz. There was…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 »
Drum Interviews @ Dresden Olympiad!
GM Pontus Carlsson (Sweden) – Carlsson was Sweden’s 16th GM and the second Black player to earn the coveted GM title. In this interview, he gives a candid interview about the Olympiad, rule changes, his career and his future. Carlsson always speaks candidly on issues and if you’ve seen him…Read More »
The Drum Beats in Shanghai, China!
China: The old and newPhoto by Daaim Shabazz. Ni Hao! (means “hello” in Chinese) I’m in Shanghai now. 😎 We’re 14 13 hours ahead of EST time. I am here as part of a university delegation, but I will certainly look out for chess. I’m going to Shanghai University and…Read More »
2007 CMMB Caribbean Chess Carnival (Port of Spain, Trinidad)
The Trinidad Chess Foundation is hosting the CMMB Caribbean Chess Championships on August 8th-11th. Edison Raphael has been publicizing this event and an announcement was made on The Chess Drum last month. I am scheduled to be in attendance and possibly IM Amon Simutowe. While there, I hope to be…Read More »
History of Afro-Brazilian Chess
While in Brazil last March, I often scanned the landscape for any sign of chess activity. Of course, chess is played widely in Brazil and the populous country produces some of the strongest players in Latin America. However, when I asked a lecturer about this history of chess among Afro-Brazilians,…Read More »