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In June 2020, Jamaica’s Bertram Scott has released a seminal work chronicling the chess history of the island nation. The book titled, The History of Chess in Jamaica: 1834-1978 has important content in tracing the activities of history, not only on the island but important events in the chess world. The book is a treasure-trove […]

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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 of the events, he posed […]

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Dr. Lyndon Bouah with newly-released book, “Reflection on Chess in the Rainbow Nation.” Photo courtesy of Lyndon Bouah. Dr. Lyndon Bouah is well-known in African chess circles, but specifically for being a longtime advocate for chess in South Africa. Dr. Bouah completed his doctorate at the University of the Western Cape in 2016 with the […]

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Back in 2003, The Chess Drum ran a story about Orrin Hudson’s BeSomeone, (then) a rather new organization touting life skills through a chess metaphor. Hudson was seen playing motivational speaker Les Brown and credited him with helping him to learn the craft of motivation. Seventeen years later, the two met again with Hudson being […]

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Jessica Hyatt is the latest of a string of Black girls to come out of the New York area and destined for chess success. Recently, she won a $40,000 scholarship, but it was not the usual full ride to chess powerhouses like Webster or UT-Dallas. It was the Daniel Feinberg Success in Chess Award that […]

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During the August 2020 Special Delegates Meeting, the Delegates adopted a recommendation from the Governance Task Force to create a Nominating Committee. The Nominating Committee (“Committee”) will: Recruit candidates to stand for election to the Executive Board Vet the prospective candidates Endorse candidates who receive the Committee’s majority approval. The endorsed candidates will be presented […]

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IM Oladapo Adu at the Liberian border, the day before a torturous journey across two countries by bus, by foot, by motorbike, and canoe. As they crossed the border of Ghana, they were met with armed patrol with guns drawn! Photo by Oladapo Adu. Nigeria’s Oladapo Adu competed in the Zone 4.2 Individual Chess Championship […]

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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 has recently released a long-awaited […]

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Della-Marie Walcott at2012 Chess Olympiad in Istanbul, TurkeyPhoto 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 was her large extended family. Then tragedy […]

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