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Beejay Hicks Photo courtesy of Pearline Hicks Adia Onyango reported on Facebook Chess Connections that, “fellow teammate and chess player, Beejay Hicks passed away due to COVID-19.” Beejay Hicks, born on December 19th, 1954 in Harlem (NYC), was 65 years old. According to Pearline Hicks, Beejay’s wife of 23 years, their family had felt unwell […]

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The players competing for the berth to challenge Magnus Carlsen will be playing the “COVID Gambit” during the second-half of the 2020 Candidates tournament. A decision was made by Russian organizers to hold the event since the government was still allowing mass gathering. Less than a month later, the organizers and FIDE agreed that the […]

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For the past couple of months, the world has been facing a global pandemic dubbed as the “coronavirus.” It has resulted in scores of tournaments being canceled and rendering travel difficult and even impractical. There was a discussion about the fate of the Candidates tournament after the eight players (including two from China) were on […]

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Viswanathan Anand with the traditional handshake with Sergey Karjakin at the 2016 Candidates tournament. Fabiano Caruana, the top 2020 Candidates contender, looks on. On the eve the 2020 Candidates tournament in Moscow, how will things change in the face of the global pandemic known as the “coronavirus”? Photo by Amruta Mokal The coronavirus has blanketed […]

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The chess world gasped as Azerbaijan’s Teimour Radjabov suddenly withdrew from the Candidates tournament with less than two weeks remaining before the opening round. Frenchman Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, who had barely missed out qualifying, will replace him (per FIDE regulations… articles 2.2 and article 2.1.E). While this will certainly shake things up, there is another factor […]

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Inez Kelley knew just how much chess meant to her brother Armand Kelley. They were part of a chess-playing family where the activity was valued. Armand naturally gravitated toward the game and became a fixture in the New York chess scene. He was active as part of the Kingsman Chess Club. Adia Onyango had this […]

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One of the biggest viral chess stories of 2019 is about to be released in book form. The story was miraculous in itself. A royal family left Nigeria seeking political asylum and ending up in a homeless shelter. They stayed in the shelter for two years during which Kayode Adewumi took on a job as […]

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Nikita Pearl Waligwa who played as Gloria in the Disney movie, “Queen of Katwe” has died. The Ugandan media has reported the death The 15-year old who gained international acclaim for her role in the movie. The cause of death given was a recurrent brain tumor. Nikita was first diagnosed in 2016, but was given […]

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Dr. Daniel Shawul Abdi is currently a staff Research Scientist II at CIRES/NOAA in Monterey, California. There have been many famous pioneering computer scientists, but there is one you probably don’t know. Daniel Shawul Abdi is an Ethiopian computer scientist and civil engineer who has become a noted author of the DanChess program and its […]

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Fabiano Caruana After Fabiano Caruana won the 2020 Tata Steel Tournament, there was recurring buzz about whether the American would get another shot at wresting the world title away from Magnus Carlsen. In fact, he bested an elite field that included the champion. Next month (March 15th-April 5th), he will be in Yekaterinburg, Russia among […]

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