Reflections on the 1st HBCU Chess Classic
On April 22nd, the 1st HBCU Classic took place at Morris Brown College in Atlanta, Georgia. Students from nine different Historically-Black Colleges and Universities (“HBCUs”) came to participate in a historic event highlighting the importance of targeting overlooked segments of the global chess community. It was a beautiful event from…Read More »
Derrick Rose hosting “Chesstival” in Las Vegas
Chess is an ultimate battle of the mind. Chicago’s own Derrick Rose is now hosting a “Chesstival” event in Las Vegas. As a product of the hard-scrabble courts of Englewood, Rose knows a thing or two about battling. In the 2010-2011 season, he became the youngest MVP in history while…Read More »
GZA & Sabrina Chevannes on Hip-Hop/Chess
Adisa Banjoko launched the Hip-Hop Chess Federation back in 2007 and had the desire to bridge his passion for hip-hop, martial arts, and chess. He held tournaments, taught classes, and arranged a hip-hop exhibit at the World Chess Hall of Fame. Adisa Banjoko’s Hip-Hop Chess Federationwas the cover story of…Read More »
All Roads to Atlanta for HBCU Chess Classic!
The HBCU Chess Classic will kick off on April 22nd featuring several schools including Morehouse, Spelman, Clark Atlanta, Howard, Hampton, North Carolina A&T, Florida A&M, and host Morris Brown. This tournament will be a five-round, rated, Swiss tournament with both individual and team prizes. This initiative is designed to build…Read More »
Richard Kennedy wins Capital City Open III
The Capital City Open III proved that chess is regaining its footing behind the initiative of Rickards High School student, Jacob Sperber. The third Tallahassee tournament since December has seen an increase in participation in each event. Sperber, who directs and plays, is inching toward the 2000 rating mark which…Read More »
Kassa Korley featured in Amazon’s “Mind Games”
The Chess Drum had a conversation with IM Kassa Korley about his recent activities. He talked about his appearance in the recent premiere of “Mind Games,” a documentary peering into the minds of gamesmen in four disciplines: chess, mahjong, memory, and e-sports. Chess has often been the subject of many…Read More »
Jerald Times seeks action against Success Academy
Jerald Times is in the chess news recently, but it is not for his success as a chess educator. After winning the right to challenge Success Academy’s employment practices, he is now seeking to settle on the basis of unlawful retaliation. There have been a number of delays in the…Read More »
Howard University Chess @ 2023 Pan-Ams
Howard University trekked to Seattle for the 69th Pan-American Intercollegiate Tournament just after New Year’s. The event attracted 84 teams from more than 40 universities to compete in the annual tradition dating back to 1946. The Howard “Bison” has received media attention after rejuvenating the club after almost a 20-year…Read More »
U.S. Chess hires Danielle Little!
The U.S. Chess Federation continues bolstering its staff with the addition of Danielle Little as Program Director for Women and At-Risk Youth. After hiring Howard alumnus Emmanuel London and Chicago resident J.J. Lang last fall, they added Little, which adds another element to outreach initiatives for U.S. Chess. According to…Read More »
Justus Williams notches first GM norm!
International Master Justus Williams took a big step toward his goal of becoming an International Grandmaster by earning his first GM norm. Just over one year ago, he clinched his IM title, won a couple of tournaments, and wrote a nice article in Chess Life titled, “Getting My Reps In.”…Read More »