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  • 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,…

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  • 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.…

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  • 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…

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  • 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…

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  • 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…

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  • 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…

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  • Adisa Banjoko (Bishop Chronicles)

    The Chess Drum on Bishop Chronicles: “Hip-Hop, Chess & Race”

    Adisa Banjoko has blazed the trails since launching the Hip Hop Chess Federation since 2006. He continues the tout the mission of merging artforms of hip-hop, chess and martial arts into a interesting philosophy and has now hosting webcasts. He gave a recent interview on his vision and philosophy. In…

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  • Pitterson’s Twitch hosts The Chess Drum!

    In this age of the coronavirus, activity has migrated online as thousands of players have set up YouTube channels and registered for online accounts on various chess servers. One of the major contributors to the boom in online chess has been the streaming platform of Twitch. This revolution has made…

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  • “Triple Exclam” @ U.S. Championships!

    Triple Exclam was announced to the public March 11th and the reception has been very enthusiastic. The biography of International Master Emory Tate has won some plaudits around the country and slowly making its way around the world. It has been introduced at book parties and will be featured in…

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  • Trinidad featured on ChessBase!

    The 2010 Caribbean Chess Carnival was a great success with a record number 147 participants. Edison Raphael and the Trinidad Chess Foundation put on a wonderful showing at the historic Queen’s Park Cricket Club. The tournament attracted players and officials from ten countries and the event was covered here at…

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