Archive for the 'Middle East' Category

Drum Interviews @ St. Louis 2017 Rapid & Blitz The inaugural event was launched in St. Louis on the tailend of the 2017 Sinquefield Cup won by Maxime Vachier-Lagrave. It is hard to top such a strong field, but the intrigue was heightened when the 13th World Champion decided to play in the St. Louis […]

Read Full Post »

IM Adham Fawzy has flown underneath the radar, but is primarily known as a representative of Egypt in African and Arab events. The 17-year old International Master recently shined in the Abu Dhabi International tournament in a scintillating game versus Iranian phenom GM Parham Maghsoodloo. He is following the path of many Egyptian prodigies of […]

Read Full Post »

A new woman will be declared World Champion as the knockout tournament dwindles down to two competitors. Both Tan Zhongyi and Anna Muzychuk had trod different paths to reach the final Zhongyi survived an intense tiebreak despite being on the brink of defeat in the Armageddon game. On the other hand, Muzychuk has waltzed through […]

Read Full Post »

2017 Women’s World Chess ChampionshipFebruary 10th-March 4th, 2017 (Tehran, Iran)Match Scores (Semifinals) Pairings 1 Tan Zhongyi CHN 5-4 Dronavalli, H IND 2 Muzychuk, A UKR 2-0 Kosteniuk, A RUS Drum Coverage| Round 1 | Round 2 | Round 3 | Round 4 || Semifinals | Finals | Tan ZhongyiPhoto by David Llada The first game […]

Read Full Post »

2017 Women’s World Chess ChampionshipFebruary 10th-March 4th, 2017 (Tehran, Iran)Match Scores (Round #4) Pairings 1 Ju Wenjun CHN ½-1½ Tan Zhongyi CHN 2 Dronavalli, H IND 2½-1½ Dzagnidze, N GEO 3 Muzychuk, A UKR 1½-½ Stefanova, A BUL 4 Kosteniuk, A RUS 1½-½ Ni Shiqun CHN Drum Coverage| Round 1 | Round 2 | Round […]

Read Full Post »

2017 Women’s World Chess ChampionshipFebruary 10th-March 4th, 2017 (Tehran, Iran)Match Scores (Round #3) Pairings 1 Ju Wenjun CHN 3½-2½ Girya, O RUS 2 Padmini, Rout IND 2½-3½ Tan Zhongyi CHN 3 Harika, Dronavalli IND 3½-2½ Guramishvili, S GEO 4 Dzagnidze, Nana GEO 1½-½ Shen Yang CHN 5 Muzychuk, A UKR 2-0 Pham, Le Thao VIE […]

Read Full Post »

2017 Women’s World Chess ChampionshipFebruary 10th-March 4th, 2017 (Tehran, Iran)Match Scores (Round #2) Bracket 1 1 Ju Wenjun CHN 1½-½ Zhu Chen QAT 2 Bodnaruk, A RUS 0-2 Girya, O RUS Bracket 2 3 Zhao Xue CHN 1½-2½ Padmini, Rout IND 4 Tan Zhongyi CHN 4½-4½ Ushenina, A UKR Bracket 3 5 Harika, Dronavalli IND […]

Read Full Post »

2017 Women’s World Chess ChampionshipFebruary 10th-March 4th, 2017 (Tehran, Iran)Match Scores (Round #1) Bracket 1 1 Ju Wenjun CHN 2-0 Lane, N AUS 2 Zhu Chen QAT 1½-½ Sukandar, I BLR 3 Hejazipour, M IRI 4-5 Bodnaruk, A RUS 4 Girya, O RUS *-* Foisor, C UKR Bracket 2 5 Martinez, A ARG 1-3 Zhao […]

Read Full Post »

The Women’s World Championship is underway in Tehran, Iran with 63 women vying for the world title. Apart from the pre-tournament controversy, the event would begin on a somber note after the unfortunate passing of Romanian Cristina Adela Foisor. She passed away just over two weeks ago on January 22nd at age 49. The organizers […]

Read Full Post »

On February 10th, the Iranian capital of Tehran will begin hosting the 2017 Women’s World Chess Championships months after the “hijabgate” firestorm led by current U.S. women’s champion Nazi Paikidze. Given the heightened political U.S.-Iran tensions after the election of Donald J. Trump, it is unlikely that the two boycotting Americans would have felt comfortable, […]

Read Full Post »

GM Zhu Chen The African Chess Confederation through the support of the World Chess Federation Women’s Commission has the honour of hosting the former World Woman Chess Champion Grand Master Zhu Chen from China. Grandmaster Zhu Chen is the former World Woman Chess Champion, she has reached the highest level of play by attaining a […]

Read Full Post »

Chess community, I am Dr. Daaim Shabazz, Associate Professor of Global Business at Florida A&M University and the creator/owner of The Chess Drum website. I am in good standing with the United Stated Chess Federation where I am an active player, Board Member of Florida Chess Association and have selflessly served the chess journalist community […]

Read Full Post »

Those who live in the DMV (DC, Maryland, Virginia) area will know the lure of chess in the parks. These places are known for their grittiness and hard-scrabble activities give a forum to many creative personalities… one of which is chess. Washington, DC is known as the nation’s capitol, but for chess players, Dupont Circle […]

Read Full Post »

The World Youth Team Championship was held in Al Ain, UAE typically the center of chess tournaments in the Middle East. While it broke records for the largest amount of players (1773), there were a number of issues that dampened an otherwise festive event. There were complaints about the food lines, pairing snafus, broadcasting issues […]

Read Full Post »

Two more rounds remain at the the 2013 World Team Championships and it will be a race to gold. Ukraine is currently atop the field by one point over Russia with 12 points, while China (10 pts.) and the USA (8 pts.) are also fighting for medal contention. Kramnik’s fortune has changed since his brutal […]

Read Full Post »

While the fervor from World Championship has subsided and Magnus Carlsen settles into his role as the World Champion, other action is heating up in Antalya, Turkey. The biennial World Team Championship is being held featuring ten of the top teams including the host nation of Turkey. Hikaru Nakamura is climbing up the ELO list […]

Read Full Post »

GM Ahmed AdlyPhoto from http://chess.ugrasport.com. BREAKING NEWS! In what is clearly a disappointing development for Egyptian chess, GM Ahmed Adly was unable to receive clearance to participate in the 2013 World Cup which starts on August 10th in Tromso, Norway. Adly was prevented from traveling due to an obligatory service to the Egyptian Army. There […]

Read Full Post »

Olympiad tournaments are full of interesting personalities ranging from professional players, to enthusiastic organizers and to national champions in tiny chess countries. IM Kenneth Solomon The Chess Drum was able to get 12 interviews during the 40th Chess Olympiad including its third with three-time Olympic champion Levon Aronian. Please sit back and enjoy these short […]

Read Full Post »

Dear Chess World, Those of us in the small community of chess journalism commit to this task as a labor of love. There is no quantifying the amount of time and energy invested in telling the story of chess to the world. Many of us who cover chess have full-time jobs in addition to the […]

Read Full Post »

I have always wanted to visit Turkey. It is one of those places that one reads about in school. The Ottoman Empire and the vision of Kemal Attaturk are those I had known about, but to see the famous Blue Mosque was something I had to witness. The 40th Chess Olympiad was held in the […]

Read Full Post »

Next »