Archive for the 'Obituary' Category

Dr. David Allen, Sr. Long-time Cleveland master Dr. David Allen, Sr. has passed away after a long battle with diabetes. He was well-known throughout Ohio and the Midwest for his chess coaching and was particularly passionate about the African-American plight in chess. Born January 31st, 1960, David was a couple of months shy of his […]

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Vincent Bazemore, Jr.Photo from Vince’s Voice The Chess Drum regrets to inform the chess community of the passing of 39-year old Vincent John Bazemore, Jr. on May 27th, 2019. The United States Chess Federation announced his passing at the Delegate’s Meeting at the 2019 U.S. Open. He was born September 10th, 1974 in Fredericksted, St. […]

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When Orrin Hudson informed The Chess Drum of the passing of James E. Gwyn, Sr., he recounted the mentorship that he received from the New Jersey resident. Gwyn was months shy of his 88th birthday. A U.S.C.F. Life Master, Gwyn had not played in a chess tournament since 2007, but still enjoyed playing and teaching […]

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FUNERAL SERVICES FOR PETER SIMON ROBERTS (January 18, 1952 – August 9, 2018) Funeral Information Unity Funeral Home Harlem, New York, USA 126th Street and 8th Avenue Thursday, September 6, 2018 Viewing: 5pm to 6pm (service afterwards) Recently, it was announced on Facebook Chess Connections that Peter Roberts had passed away. After friends noticed he […]

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Herminio Baez On yesterday I received the unfortunate news that Herminio Baez, Jr. passed away on Wednesday morning May 2nd. He was 63. The proud chess-playing father left was survived by his loving soul mate of 38 years Daniella Baez, four children including his three sons Antonio, Steven, Chris and daughter Maya. He also had […]

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“When an old man dies, a library burns to the ground.” ~ African Proverb The chess world lost another pioneer the other day when National Master Kenneth Roger Clayton passed away on December 26th. The 79-year old Maryland resident was a person of consequence: a scholar, chess master, loving father/husband and scuba diver. He was […]

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Emory Andrew Tate Jr. (December 27, 1958 – October 17, 2015) The Internet has ignited with the news of IM Emory Tate’s confirmed passing. A tactician par excellence, Tate was participating in the Sam Shankland Open tournament in California when he fell ill and collapsed. After receiving first aid, he was taken to a local […]

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Chess loses Beau Hardeman

Atlanta-area coach Beau Hardeman has passed away on August 8th from the effects of myeloma (cancer of the blood plasma). He had coached thousands of children over 20+ years and was highly-respected and revered. He was a 1966 graduate of Morehouse College and in May hosted his 20th Beau Hardeman tournament. He posted on his […]

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James “Black Knight” Taylor was soldier of fortune. A four-time Bronze Star winner for valor in Vietnam, he saw war in its ugliest form. After being discharged from the Marine Corps, he saw war in its most beautiful form. That form of war was the game of chess. For more than thirty years, he lived […]

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The Chess Drum was informed that St. Louis chess master Leroy Muhammad has passed away. Living in Gary, Indiana, his daughter Sophia Muhammad came to the St. Louis Chess Club and informed an employee that Leroy had passed in October of 2013. IM Elliott Winslow, a contemporary of Muhammad and fellow St. Louis native, relayed […]

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Bernadette Hickman, rising scholastic star in the Chicago area in the early 80s, has passed away. Along with brother Harold Jr. both the young Reddicks were sensational talents and Bernadette once represented the U.S. in the 1984 under-14 championships. Under the tutelage of father Harold Reddick, Sr., both got exposure at both Tuley Park and […]

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Jerry Bibuld in an undated photo.Photo courtesy of Jerry Bibuld (Myspace). Jerry Bibuld, FIDE International Arbiter and longtime chess advocate for the expansion of chess in the African Diaspora has died. Born in the Bronx, New York on June 9th, 1928, the 85-year old had been suffering from the effects of Parkinson’s Disease and succumbed […]

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FM Ronald SimpsonPhoto by Daaim Shabazz. It is with extreme sadness that I inform The Chess Drum readership of the death of FM Ronald Simpson. He succumbed to Stage Four cancer on Thursday, September 19th. Simpson was an active member of the North Carolina community after being a legendary figure in New York’s “Black Bear […]

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FM Morris Giles Most people remember the old “lion and the lamb” fable. While these two animals are polar opposites in strength and character, their traits can sometimes be complementary… as the fable (and many like it) has shown. One can have the strength of a lion and the humility of a lamb, but finding […]

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Ron Washington in 2006. Chicago has lost another chess personality. Ronald “Ron” Washington, 61, died on Friday, July 27th after being pulled from Lake Michigan fully clothed in an apparent drowning. Washington was apparently swept into the water and caught in a rip current. He was found a few hundred feet from the North Avenue […]

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