Archive for the 'North America' Category

IM-Elect Justus WilliamsPhoto by CCSCSL At long last… another International Master in the ranks! Justus Williams has put together a string of strong results to eclipse the 2400 barrier, thus fulfilling the last requirement for the FIDE title of International Master. Over Labor Day weekend Justus scored 7/7 to win the Illinois Open State Championship […]

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Jerome Works(April 1, 1955 – September 5, 2021)Photo Jerome Works (Facebook) There is a unique power in humility. It has an endearing quality when one wears it. It puts us at ease but also empowers. It is the trait that Jerome Works carried with him until his last words this past Sunday, September 5th, when […]

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Unfortunately, National Master Rene Phillips of New Orleans knows a thing or two about hurricanes. His memories are still fresh from the 2005 onslaught known as “Hurricane Katrina,” a disaster that resulted in scores of damage to the iconic city and destroying everything he owned. Katrina, a Category 3 hurricane, unleashed a wrath of death […]

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Brewington Hardaway at 2019 World OpenPhoto by Daaim Shabazz National Master Brewington Hardaway recently competed in the under-12 group at the 2021 North American Youth Chess Championships (NAYCC) in Chicago placing 4th. Coming in with a USCF rating of 2301 he was the top-seed and had a string of strong results in New York tournaments. […]

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Tanitoluwa AdewumiPhoto by Renaissance Knights Chess Foundation Tanitoluwa Adewumi has been in the public eye since his story hit the news two years ago. He has also been popular is social media and appeared last year in a Puzzle Rush challenge match on Hikaru Nakamura’s Twitch channel. Since then, “Tani” has continued to make progress […]

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Joseph Gadson (Detroit, USA) Photo by Joseph Gadson (Facebook) The Detroit chess community is mourning the devastating loss of Joseph Nathan Gadson. He died yesterday a day shy of his 36th birthday from the complications of gastroparesis, a rare disease that primarily affects the gastrointestinal system. Joseph stated that he was hospitalized in August 2020 […]

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Many times we sometimes think about what role we want to play in the greater chess community. Are we teachers? Organizers? Arbiters? Politicians? Journalists? Authors? Commentators? Are we those who only want to compete? For Justus Williams, who is a USCF Senior Master, he happens to be in another category… activist. Chess players have various […]

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Philadelphia was back in full force as a city that has made “Independence Day” an iconic holiday. It is also the home of the largest open chess tournament, the World Open. Last weekend the Continental Chess Association hosted the 49th edition at the Sheraton on 201 North 17th St. This tournament is where the magic […]

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Abhimanyu Mishra was born on February 5th, 2009, and in an interview with FM Jim Eade, stated that he started playing chess at just 2-1/2 years old. After that, he began making history by setting several records in U.S. chess. He became the youngest 2000-rated player (7 years, 6 months), the youngest National Master (9 […]

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The anticipation was high and many eagerly awaited the moment when over-the-board (OTB) chess would return. The Continental Chess Association (CCA) announced that they were be hosting a full slate of tournaments for 2021 year, but for the Chicago Open, there would be restrictions. David Hater mentioned in his report on uschess.org that were varied […]

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