Trial in progress for Coach Leon Wilson
Last year, a story broke about a coach being arrested for improperly touching a minor on April 7th. All week long the trial of F. Leon Wilson has been a tense affair as the 62-year old chess teacher being tried for three counts of “Gross Sexual Imposition” involving 4- and…Read More »
Chicago’s Earle STEM Academy saving chess!
Chicago is a city that is struggling with many things. Apart from all of the controversy surrounding the Chicago Police Department, the state is gripped in a financial budget crisis affecting many programs and institutions. Chicago State University, which is threatened with closure, had students who shut down expressways and…Read More »
Justus Williams on TMZ!
Justus Williams has capitalized off of his “Brooklyn Castle” fame and was spotted by TMZ to do a segment “Coolest 17-year old Chess Champ Ever”. It appears as if the media is still intrigued by these type of stories as if it is still hard to find a cool chess…Read More »
Drum Roll… MC3 Announcement Coming!
On March 1st, the announcement will be made on MC3 format and registration process. The prize structure has been changed dramatically and the lower price point will perhaps attract larger numbers. The location will be Atlantic City and is in closer proximity to the mass of chess players in the…Read More »
HHCF now in seven schools!
The Hip Hop Chess Federation is expanding from their humble abode. The organization is now in seven schools with more in waiting. The HHCF is launching a fundraiser to help with expansion plans. As important as the growth is, it is just as important to meet the demand. Adisa Banjoko,…Read More »
Kamsky, Ashley… 2016 Hall of Fame Inductees!
Photo by Daaim Shabazz. The U.S. Chess Hall of Fame has announced the induction of two new members, GMs Gata Kamsky and Maurice Ashley. Both have been mainstays on the American chess scene in veritably different ways. Both come from immigrant families and both were raised with an idea that…Read More »
Naledi Marape: Botswana’s rising talent
Botswana’s Naledi Marapa Photo courtesy of The Midweek Sun. Some months back there was story about an adorable chess player out of Botswana named Naledi Marape… and adorable she is! The young player was the subject of articles in local newspapers about her accomplishments as a 9-year old promising player.…Read More »
MC3 is coming!
Today the Millionaire Chess organization has announced the third edition of the high-stakes tournament. The first two editions have been successful in building a powerful brand and supporters have been waiting for the announcement. Sponsors have been hard to come by, but with the World Championship coming to the U.S.…Read More »
Magnus Carlsen: Champion of commercial success!
When Magnus Carlsen won the World Chess Championship from Viswanthan Anand, the chess world thought that the Norwegian would take chess to new heights of visibility. The truth is that while Carlsen has been on a number of television appearances and had a professional modeling gig, this has not translated…Read More »
African Chess made strides in 2015
After the contentious Presidential election of the World Chess Federation (known as FIDE) in 2014 featuring incumbent President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov and former World Champion Garry Kasparov, the future of the African continent was in serious question. Little had been done in past decades to provide the continent with firm footing…Read More »