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  • Bert Scott’s book on Jamaican Chess History!

    Bert Scott may be known to some from running the Jamaica Chess Ambassadors website for several years in the 2000s. He took up the game during the “Fischer Boom,” and like many, got the book, Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess. He has been an active chess player since the 70s and…

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  • Orrin Hudson’s virtual summer camp

    I Want To Mentor YOUR CHILD Through These Unprecedented Times for 6 straight weeks starting Monday June 22th to Friday July 31st I’m doing brand-new, never-before-seen LIVE VIRTUAL Event on MAKING YOUR NEXT MOVE YOUR BEST MOVE! How to make every move count How to follow the masters How wake…

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  • Trinidadian chess princess Della-Marie remains comatose

    Della-Marie Walcott at 2012 Chess Olympiad in Istanbul, Turkey Photo by Rohan Waite Della-Marie Walcott had everything going for her. At 14, she was confident, smart, pretty with an effervescent personality. She was also a rising talent in chess! Her parents Dominic Walcott and Debra Walcott, were immensely proud, as…

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  • Life Lessons from Anand in “Mind Master”

    Hachette Book Publishing India, Pvt. Ltd. (2019)ISBN: 978-93-5195-150-6Buy at Amazon! Kindle: $12.99 Hardback: $11.00 During this COVID-19 outbreak, many of us have taken our chess activities to online communities or increased the time already spent on chess servers. There has been the Carlsen Invitational, the Online Nations Cup, the Steinitz…

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  • Arianne Caoili

    Arianne Caoili, a sweet soul who gave a chess king his lucky stars

    The chess world is still mourning the loss of Arianne Bo Caoili (pronounced kay-OH-lee) who sadly died March 31st. Her death came two weeks after a horrific single-vehicle accident that shocked the chess world. Arianne was intelligent, articulate and certainly statuesque in appearance. She had an engaging personality and was…

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  • Beejay Hicks, Abdullah Abdulbashir, Adia Onyango, Walter Harris, Kenneth Moody at 2014 World Open in Arlington, Virginia. They are posing with fellow New Yorker Walter Harris (second from right), the first Black player to earn the National Master title. Photo by Daaim Shabazz.

    New York chess loses Beejay Hicks to COVID-19

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

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  • Candidates 2020 postponed halfway through

    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…

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  • 2020 World Candidates Tournament (Yekaterinburg, Russia)

        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…

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  • As Candidates 2020 approaches, Coronavirus rocks chess world

    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…

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  • Armand Kelley Memorial in April!

    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…

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