“Brooklyn Castle” on IS 318 coming!
Katie Dellamaggiore contacted The Chess Drum with an update on the documentary about I.S. 318 titled, “Brookyln Castle“. The production company Rescued Media is now preparing for the world premiere at the SXSW film festival in Austin, TX. Brooklyn Castle is a documentary about I.S. 318 – an inner-city school…Read More »
Xtreme Chess… Part 2!
The second episode of the “Xtreme Chess Championship” has aired featuring eight aspirants. In the first episode, Justus Williams toppled Kevin Wang while FM Kassa Korley beat Shawn Martinez. Both players will advance to play the winners of the Kats-Barnett and Melekhina-Liu matches. Co-organizer Jennifer Shahade was excited about the…Read More »
Polgar moves SPICE to St. Louis!
After five years of success at Texas Tech, Grandmaster Susan Polgar is taking her chess institute called “SPICE” to Webster University in St. Louis. The program was built into a chess powerhouse with eight Grandmasters and two International Masters hailing from a variety of countries. The ten players will transfer…Read More »
Social Chess Clock for Android
Ready for a quick game? No clock? Turn your Android touch-phone into a functional chess clock by downloading the new chess app called Social Chess Clock. Pablo Ovalle told The Chess Drum, I proudly present Social Chess Clock: a free app that allows you to use your Android device as…Read More »
New in Chess (2011/8)
(Note: The latest New in Chess came out while I was still traveling abroad so I will give an overview of this issue.) A lot can happen in a couple of months. Magnus Carlsen won the Tal Memorial and ended the 2011 campaign in spectacular fashion. He will join a…Read More »
Chess: Refuge in Tough Times
The chess scene at 16th Street Mall in Denver. Photo by Wally Gobetz. This story has been told many times from coast-to-coast. New stories covering chess playgrounds in major cities have occurred for decades… even in controversy. Recently another story about the adage, “chess is life” reports a story in…Read More »
Xtreme Chess! Get Ready!
FM Kassa Korley with hostess Kacie Marie. Photo by XChessChamps (Meirom). Chess has hit “Reality TV” as the Xtreme Chess Championships debuted with eight contestants in a bold experiment to promote an edgy side to chess. According to a press release, the idea was created by film-maker Daniel Meirom and…Read More »
The Chess Drum beats in Cuba!
Cuba is the largest Caribbean island boasting a rich history and some of the most passionate people on the planet. It is part of this passion that has produced the creativity and ingenuity in a land of modesty. Cuba is a place full of many stories. There is the political…Read More »
The Chess Drum’s Highlights of 2011!
We are into a new year today. This year we will see the Olympics in London and in chess we will have the Olympiad in Turkey. Last year was one full of excitement. There were breakthroughs for players and invigoration of top-level events. At The Chess Drum, there was a…Read More »
Williams, Colas, Black get HEAF backing
Approximately one week ago, GM Maurice Ashley sent a Facebook message stating that the Harlem Educational Activities Fund (HEAF) had made a pledge to help three young Masters (Justus Williams, Josh Colas and James Black, Jr.) who were the subject of an article in the New York Times. It was…Read More »