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  • Chess players… Tekken is coming!

    This is chess-related… sort of. Years ago, I wrote an essay titled, “The Beauty of Capoeira and Chess.” It is about the similarity between chess and the Afro-Brazilian martial art capoeira. Capoeira was used by the African slaves (mostly from Angola) to fight against the Portuguese colonizers and lead to…

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  • RZA launches wuchess.com!!

    Capitalizing on the momentum from the hip-hop chess movement, RZA of the Wu-Tang Clan has launched wuchess.com. One has to credit Adisa Banjoko and Leo Librian for there pioneering concept of hip-hop chess. Although there were others who tried mixing the two genres, the Hip-Hop Chess Federation clearly gave the…

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  • Vantage Point: Chess and Assassination Plots

    Assassination plots have always held intrigue in America, a nation having lost four Presidents to assassins’ bullets. The most widely-studied is the assassination of John F. Kennedy. This assassination had many different vantage points, but the conspiracy evolves around whether Lee Harvey Oswald was the lone assassin or whether it…

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  • Kasparov playing Shogi (??)!

    Garry Kasparov playing Eiichiro Ishiyama, a 3-dan player. Interesting story on ChessBase! Former World Champion Garry Kasparov is reported to have played shogi (??)with a Japanese master. Shogi is very much like chess in that many of pieces are the same. The difference is that the tiles are invertible so…

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  • Uganda launches new website!

    Great news from the newly-launched Ugandan website… The East African Championship occurred this weekend in Uganda and teams from Kenya and Somalia joined in the action. Final reports are forthcoming. The Ugandan Chess federation received a two million shilling sponsorship from Fountain Publishers for this tournament and other initiatives.

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  • New Book, “Chess Rumble”

    by Greg Neri, art by Jesse Joshua Watson Lee & Low Books, Inc, 2007 ISBN: 1584302798 hardcover, 64 pages A new book out by Greg Neri takes an imaginative look at the life of Marcus an 11-year old who faces life’s troublesome puzzles. He finds solace in chess and has…

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  • 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…

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  • Odion Aikhoje launches blog!

    Nigerian IM Odion Aikhoje has launched a very interesting blog which features everything from chess to recipes! He also has a nice collection of photos at several major events including the All Africa Games and the Olympiad. Aikhoje told me that he is in London, England studying in a Sports…

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  • Did R.O. Mitchell meet Bobby Fischer?

    Back in 2001 there were rumours circulating that Bobby Fischer was playing games at the Internet Chess Club. GM Nigel Short was one of the first to make the claim that an extremely strong player used several anonymous accounts to play top players. Short had apparently heard it from a…

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  • Agony of Defeat!

    Following the 2008 Linares tournament, I watched the Ivanchuk-Aronian video with a bit of pity. Ivanchuk is one of the world’s top players and needs no pity, but when one blunders in a chess game, it is a crushing blow and you can’t help but to empathize. I remember reading…

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