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The Chess Drum on “Talking Talent”
The Chess Drum’s Daaim Shabazz was a guest on Dylan Quercia’s Twitch stream called, “Talking Talent.” The 71-minute segment featured the usual questions about chess beginnings and the emergence of the 22-year-old website. Other questions featured chess in the African-American chess community, its progress, the importance of analytics, and issues…Read More »
Black History Month 2023 – A Chess Tribute
Greetings everyone!This year’s Black History Month will feature a video commemoration recounting the importance of the month-long celebration, some key moments in history, and also thoughts about why championing chess in the Black community is important to the growth of the sport/game. Part of the success of chess will come…Read More »
The Chess Drum is 22!
Dear Drum Community!The Chess Drum is 22 today! On this day, I hit the “enter” key to make the site live and it has been an eye-opening journey for me. I remember the early days when there was an initial excitement when the crude 13-page site was launched. The excitement…Read More »
Shabazz to get Special Services Chess Award!
Dear Chess Community, On June 17th, I was informed that I would be the recipient of a U.S. Chess Special Services award. It is indeed a great honor and I will be accepting this on behalf of The Chess Drum community worldwide. The Awards Ceremony will be held on Friday,…Read More »
Chess.com 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 »
The Chess Drum is 21 years old!
Hello everyone! The Chess Drum’s 21st year represents the official coming of age. Last year there was a 20-year reflection highlighting critical events in each year. It was a lot of work, but it was well worth the time and effort. When you embark upon a project, you never know…Read More »
The Chess Drum on South African Twitch tomorrow!
Tomorrow The Chess Drum’s Daaim Shabazz will be on a show called “Reflections” hosted by Lyndon Bouah, a long-time chess advocate for South Africa. The two met 2004 at the Chess Olympiad in Calvia, Spain. Dr. Lyndon Bouah with “Reflection on Chess in the Rainbow Nation.” Photo courtesy of Lyndon…Read More »
ChessBase India profiles The Chess Drum
Recently, ChessBase India profiled The Chess Drum on its pages. Launched in 2015 by Sagar Shah and his wife Amruta Mokal, it has become a pillar in the chess community in only five years’ time. They have picked up the mantle from videographer Vijay Kumar and helped to create a…Read More »
Chicago Public Schools learns about Black Chess!
During Black History Month, Chicago Public Schools hosted a Black History Empowerment program featuring Howard University Chess Team and Daaim Shabazz of The Chess Drum. The “Howard Bison” (Michele Bennett, Malcolm Wooten, Azeezah Muhammad and Naomi Baptiste) talked about their successful participation in the 2020-2021 Pan American Intercollegiate Championship held…Read More »
The Chess Drum in New in Chess!
Dear chess community, After urging from New in Chess Chief Editor Dirk Jan ten Geuzendam, I have penned an exclusive for the world’s premier chess magazine (2020-8). Dirk and I met at either an Olympiad or one of the Grand Chess Tour events in St. Louis. As we covered one…Read More »