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  • HBCU Chess Spotlight: Spelman College

    Jamila Thompson is a graduating senior at Spelman College. The native New Yorker was taught chess by her father and continued her passion as a collegiate. While at Spelman, she joined other chess players in the Atlanta University Center (AUC) to match wits. Morehouse College hosted the club meetings and…

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  • HBCU Chess Spotlight: Hampton University

    Hampton University traveled 22 hours to the 2024 HBCU Chess Classic in Atlanta after a last-minute effort by the Hampton Alumni Association to fund their travel. As Breon McCray III described it, they nearly had to nix the trip when they could not raise the requisite funds to travel. They…

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  • HBCU Chess Spotlight: North Carolina A&T

    North Carolina A&T Aggies, 1st place team (2024 HBCU Chess Classic)Photo by Daaim Shabazz/The Chess Drum Dressed in their North Carolina A&T gear, “Aggie Pride” was on full display at the 2024 HBCU Chess Classic. Currently the largest HBCU, the Aggies rode six hours from North Carolina to Atlanta to…

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  • Meet the Kings & Queens of HBCU Chess!

    HBCU Chess has a long but largely undocumented history. During the 2024 HBCU Chess Classic hosted by The Black Odyssey, six Historically Black Colleges and Universities (known as “HBCUs”) gathered to participate in the 2nd annual event. Hampton, Howard, Morehouse, and North Carolina A&T, each fielded two teams. While Florida…

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  • Caleb Parker is 2024 HBCU Chess Champion!

    Daniel Buckley (Engineering), Florian Dorleans (FAMU Alumnus), Caleb Parker (Computer Information Systems), Lee Parker (School of Allied Health), Dr. Daaim Shabazz (School of Business & Industry) At the 2nd HBCU Chess Classic, Florida A&M sophomore Caleb Parker won the individual event with 5/5. The event was held at the Georgia…

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  • Maurice Ashley speaks on new books!

    Grandmaster Maurice Ashley has been busy lately despite taking a break from commentating. On the cover of the latest Chess Life magazine, Ashley strikes a menacing pose while clasping the black king, his right hand ever ready for defense or attack. This pose symbolizes everything that chess is. It is…

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  • 2024 HBCU Chess Classic (Atlanta, GA)

    Participants at the 2023 HBCU Chess ClassicPhoto by TBO Chess Society All roads will lead to Atlanta for the 2nd Annual HBCU Chess Classic! Teams from Historically Black Colleges and Universities will send their best players to compete for prizes 2024 HBCU Chess Classic April 20th-21st, 2024Georgia Institute of Technology…

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  • “The Final Attack,” Chess Teachings of Emory Tate

    FM Todd Andrews recently released a manual, The Final Attack a tribute to the lessons of International Master Emory Tate. Of course, Tate passed away in 2015, but his lessons live on. Andrews was a Tate protege and traveled with him to many tournaments soaking up pearls of wisdom. The…

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  • Battle of the Masters: NYC Blitz Chess Match!!

    Greetings! I’m Inez Kelley, sister to Armand Kelley a member of the NYC chess community. For those who know, Armand passed in 2019. Since that time we’ve organized chess events in his memory. This year and with the collaboration of Aggrey Duncan and CHESS ON THE MOVE we are excited…

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  • Colorful vibes at Pan-American Youth Chess Festival

    Players from around the western hemisphere are in Chicago for the 2023 Pan-American Youth Chess Festival. Delegations are coming from as far as Chile to vie for age championships and titles. According to the official website, The Renaissance Knights Chess Foundation, the International Chess School, the Confederation of Chess for…

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