Ron Jones, fixture in DC chess, dead at 59
Ron Jones playing Phiona Mutesi,“Queen of Katwe”Photo by U.S. Chess Center Tragic news has hit the chess community once again. Ronald Jones, 59, an icon in the Washington, DC chess scene was stabbed to death in a domestic incident. The assailant named in the Washington Post article was Alisa Randall,…Read More »
Is there still magic at the World Open?
The World Open has been a fixture in the American chess circuit for 47 editions. Bill Goichberg and his staff have turned it into a franchise, and it remains a big draw. The tournament routinely draws 1000+ players from around the world hence the tournament’s name. There was always an…Read More »
Le Quang Liem edges Xiong at 2019 World Open!
The 47th World Open ended in an exciting tiebreak with Vietnam’s Le Quang Liem winning over Jeffery Xiong. Both ended the tournament with a sterling 7.5/9. Five players following on 7/9 were: GMs Hrant Melkumyan, Ray Robson, Aleksandr Lenderman, Saven Andirasian and Fidel Corrales Jimenez. More than 1000 players trekked…Read More »
Maya McGreen earns Senior TD title!
In chess, the spotlight usually shines on the world’s elite players. While we respect players for their mastery of chess, we may not realize the hard work that goes into organizing an event: the details, the expense, and all of the effort. We can’t thank organizers enough for their hard…Read More »
Detroit honors 2019 All-City team!
In an impressive showing last Friday, Detroit City Chess Club (DCCC) continued its tradition by honoring area scholastic players for its 6th Annual All-City Team Awards. Detroit has had a history of successes in scholastic tournaments and this is an opportunity to recount the positive community impact. DCCC hosted the…Read More »
St. Ethelreda making moves @ Chicago Chess Open!
Shakira Luster At the 2019 Chicago Open, I walked into a tournament hall and noticed the wide range of ages playing in the under-1000. However, what also stuck out was three girls who were under the watchful eye of their coach. I snapped a few pictures not immediately realizing the…Read More »
2019 Chicago Open (Wheeling, Illinois)
Summer is here and just outside of the “Windy City” in the suburb of Wheeling, the Chicago Open has begun. Aleksandr Shimanov is the defending champion, but Jeffery Xiong is the top seed and wants to repeat his 2015 win. Then only 14-years old, he has since evolved into a…Read More »
Detroit Chess podcast features Daaim Shabazz
Detroit’s Derek Wilder hosted his weekly podcast and invited me on the show. We discussed a number of issues including the founding of The Chess Drum, the autobiography of Emory Tate (Triple Exclam), methods of chess improvement, the value of blitz chess, harnessing talent in the Black community, and possibilities…Read More »
The Chess Journey of GM Maurice Ashley
I met Maurice Ashley nearly 30 years ago at the 1989 U.S. Open held just outside of Chicago at the Rosemont Hyatt. At this time, I had already started the groundwork for a chess network for players of African descent. During a graduate-level marketing class, I was able to write…Read More »
Nakamura, Yu… 2019 U.S. Chess Champs!
U.S. Overall (by FIDE Rating) # Name Title Rating Residence 1 Caruana, Fabiano GM 2828 St. Louis, Missouri 2 So, Wesley GM 2762 Minnetonka, Minnesota 3 Nakamura, Hikaru GM 2746 Sunrise, Florida 4 Dominguez, Leinier GM 2739 Miami, Florida 5 Shankland, Sam GM 2731 Orinda, California 6 Robson, Ray GM…Read More »