NFL football players battle on chess.com
Chess.com hosted a $100,000 blitz championship that featured six NFL football players. BlitzChamps was announced a month ago with great anticipation. Back in 2020, chess.com featured a blitz battle between Wu Tang Clan members RZA and GZA. The online platform has made chess opponents more accessible and there are a…Read More »
2022 Trinidad & Tobago International
Trinidad & Tobago hosted an exciting international invitational won by Dutch Grandmaster Robby Kevlishvili, who suffered one loss in nine rounds. The island nation has had a history of hosting international tournaments to give local players a chance to raise their level of play and to earn FIDE titles. Trinidad…Read More »
Tony Ballard’s Powerful Chess Testimony
Tony Ballard’s life has been one of turmoil, but chess has become a source of balance during his period of incarceration. Ballard is serving a 294-month sentence for attempted murder, but recently gave one of the most powerful testimonies of the rehabilitative properties of chess. Grandmasters will often be asked…Read More »
Maurice Ashley honored by Brownsville!
Grandmaster Maurice Ashley was one of the esteemed honorees that also included championship boxer Mike Tyson, actress Bern Nadette Stanis (Thelma of “Good Times”) and legendary football player Otis Wilson (Chicago Bears). Christian Whitted posted on social media platforms an event honoring the sons and daughters of the Brownsville Brooklyn…Read More »
Aspiring chess master Janell Warner ready to shine
Janell Warner posted pictures on social media about her graduation from Brandeis University and stated, “so happy to be surrounded by so much love and support.” Certainly, family and friends were on hand to celebrate the event, but the chess community can also celebrate. This is yet another example of…Read More »
FIDE 2022 election campaigns heat up!
Early this month, the Presidential election (FIDE 2022) opened and there are already four candidates for President. This point was noted by current FIDE Vice President Nigel Short. It appears that the FIDE Presidential Election will be a crowded field. — Nigel Short (@nigelshortchess) May 20, 2022 Crowded indeed. After…Read More »
Spike Lee celebrates NIKE’s 50th with chess
Spike Lee filming “Seen It All” Photo by NIKE Spike Lee Joint helps to celebrate Nike’s 50th with a montage of videos of famous athletes and events spanning history since 1988. Spike Lee does it as an all-seeing witness at the chessboard. Set in the chess battleground in a New…Read More »
Michael Abron releases book on Chess Journey
For the past couple of years Michael Abron has been working on his memoirs to tell his story of playing in a tournament in all 50 U.S. states. in March released The Chess Traveler and Pioneer. Abron was featured on The Chess Drum after completing the journey. He finished at…Read More »
First IM norm for Tani Adewumi!
FIDE Master Tani Adewumi is growing up right before our eyes. He recently notched the first of three required “norms” for the title of International Master. It was only three years ago that the story broke of an 8-year-old winning the New York Scholastic State Title. A New York Times…Read More »
Jerald Times scores victory in legal chess battle
National Master Jerald Times told The Chess Drum a month ago about a troubling saga involving his tenure at the Success Academy Charter Schools (SACS). Serving as the Chess Program Director he alleged that the organization held discriminatory practices within the organization. He then filed a discriminatory complaint against SACS.…Read More »