Historic Moments

  • ChessBase gets the beat of The Chess Drum!

    Recently chess.com featured “Chess Through an African Lens” written by this author. The reception was very positive, but it is surprising how few had been exposed to this information about the African Diaspora which is a testament to how chess media lacks a true representation of the vast chess universe.…

    Read More »
  • Black History Month 2022-Day 28: IM Emory Tate

    International Master Emory TatePhoto by Daaim Shabazz Before his passing in 2015, International Master Emory Tate was one of the most recognizable figures in the American chess scene. In this last tribute for Black History Month, we will feature the man, the myth, the legend. The legacy continues. With a…

    Read More »
  • Black History Month 2022-Day 27: Kenneth Clayton

    Kenneth Clayton is a trailblazer for many reasons. A distinguished man with a presence that commanded respect, he was one of the earliest pioneers of Black chess… more specifically African-American chess. He won the 1963 U.S. Amateur Championship in thrilling fashion and would precede Frank Street who won the tournament…

    Read More »
  • Black History Month 2022-Day 26: IM Michael Schleifer

    Playing on both sides of the border, Michael Schleifer was the top junior in Canada and rose through the ranks to compete in the Canadian Closed. Schleifer, known as “Schlee” to his friends, starred in the New York Open as a young master. He earned his FM title in 1997…

    Read More »
  • Black History Month 2022-Day 25: IM Watu Kobese

    Watu Kobese with his Xhosa-language chess book, “Masidlale Uthimba“. Photo by Mariska Morris. IM Watu Kobese has been the most recognizable chess player South Africa has ever produced. His life is one of many stories. Learning chess at the age of four, Kobese learned the game by watching his father…

    Read More »
  • Black History Month 2022-Day 24: Frank Street

    Frank Street became a National Master in June 1965 and in the same year, graced the cover of Chess life magazine. As a 20-year old Street had just won the U.S. Amateur Championship and would go on to win the club champion of the Washington Chess Divan, defeating fellow master,…

    Read More »
  • Black History Month 2022-Day 23: Ashley’s Unity Tournament Series (1992)

    The 1992 African-American Unity Tournament Series was a novel idea and 30 years later, has never lost its relevance. If there is one aspect of the Hall of Fame career of Maurice Ashley that is overlooked or perhaps underrated, it is his visionary ideas. We know about his ambitious tournaments…

    Read More »
  • Black History Month 2022-Day 22: William Earnest Griffin

    William E. Griffin on page 101 of The Rice Gambit by H. Keidanz (New York, 1905). William Earnest Griffin is a chess player you may not know, but one whose words will make an indelible impression. According to the February 1905 issue of the American Chess Bulletin (page 34), Griffin…

    Read More »
  • Black History Month 2022-Day 21: Alfred Blake Carlin

    Alfred Blake Carlin was larger than life figure in New Orleans chess. Carlin’s large physical size matched his personality and he was a well-respected chess player and coach. He was one of the few Black masters (Senior Master) in the south and was a five-time Louisiana state champion (1981, 1983,…

    Read More »
  • Black History Month 2022-Day 20: Afro-Latino Chess

    In this Black History Month, we honor our Afro-Latino chess kindred as part of our shared history. The Chess Drum has spent 21 years covering chess around the globe and while the site has presented coverage of major international events, it has focused its energy on the African Diaspora. One…

    Read More »
Back to top button