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  • “Clutch Chess” features America’s top brass in online battle!

    For Immediate Release Clutch Chess!New Online Tournament May 26-29 Top Four American Grandmasters Will Compete For A $100,000 Prize Fund SAINT LOUIS, May 13, 2020 – The top four American chess superstars are set to battle online from Tuesday, May 26 – Friday, May 29, 2020 in a brand new…

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  • Pan-African Chess thrives in 2020!

    Without a doubt, there is a lot of online activity during the global crisis and it is creating energy in places that were rather isolated. Particularly in the African Diaspora, there has been a fire ignited with a number of cage matches and activity on lichess.org and broadcast on streaming…

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  • The Mystery of Theophilus Thompson Solved!!

    Theophilus Thompson is well-known figure in The Chess Drum community. Throughout the years we have honored him as perhaps the first Black player of note in the U.S. He was preceded by James McCune Smith and succeeded by William Griffin. Thompson is famously known for his book on chess problems…

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  • Beejay Hicks, Abdullah Abdulbashir, Adia Onyango, Walter Harris, Kenneth Moody at 2014 World Open in Arlington, Virginia. They are posing with fellow New Yorker Walter Harris (second from right), the first Black player to earn the National Master title. Photo by Daaim Shabazz.

    New York chess loses Beejay Hicks to COVID-19

    Beejay Hicks Photo courtesy of Pearline Hicks Adia Onyango reported on Facebook group Chess Connections that, “fellow teammate and chess player, Beejay Hicks passed away due to COVID-19.” Beejay, born on December 19th, 1954 in Harlem (NYC), was 65 years old. According to Pearline Hicks, Beejay’s wife of 23 years,…

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  • Grand Chess Tour cancels 2020 season

    MEDIA CONTACT Rebecca Buffington Phone: +1 (314) 277 – 3930 Email: press@grandchesstour.org For Immediate Release Grand Chess Tour Cancels 2020 SeasonDue to COVID-19 Saint Louis, MO, April 2, 2020 – The Grand Chess Tour (GCT) regretfully announces the cancellation of its 2020 season. The global pandemic known as COVID-19 is…

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  • Tani Adewumi vaults over 2000!

    Tani Adewumi on the rise!Photo by Angel Lopez Just after the recent announcement of the upcoming book, Tanitoluwa Adewumi continued his rapid rise. Last weekend at an Action tournament at the Marshall Chess Club, Tani scored 3/4 including wins over three masters including IM Jay Bonin. He would lose to…

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  • Daniel X Jones bags Master’s title!

    National Master Daniel X JonesPhoto by Nathan Kelly Daniel X Jones is known best as one of the pioneers of the Chicago Chess Blitzers (CCB) and the National Blitz League (NBL). For the past few years, Jones and a contingent of Chicago chess players have staged a number of team…

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  • Michael Abron’s 50-state U.S. voyage complete!

    In this year of the chess championships, we will witness the loftiest of goals of a chess player. Of course, each of us have goals whether it be modest rating target, earning a title, winning a tournament prize or playing in a famous venue. While IM Jay Bonin has set…

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  • HBCU chess tourney set for April 2020!

    In April of 2020, the club will be hosting an HBCU tournament for all of the historic universities. There are more than 100 HBCUs across the land, but few have chess programs. Howard University Chess Club is inviting all Historically-Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to participate. The club has been…

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  • Nakamura returns to Motor City!

    Detroit chess community hosting Hikaru Nakamura at Vinsetta Garage (27799 Woodward Avenue, Berkley, MI 48072). Left to Right: Bryan Wilson, Sr., Tahira-Chandra Yanish, Catherine Martinez, GM Hikaru Nakamura, Kevin Fite, and NM Jimmy Canty III Hikaru Nakamura just celebrated his 32nd birthday this month. It appears that his popularity has…

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