Obituary

  • Warren Seymour, legend of Bahamian chess, dies

    According to press reports, Bahamas chess legend Warren Seymour passed away Tuesday morning, and the country now mourns his loss. If anyone can be called the “father” of Bahamaian chess, it would be Mr. Seymour. He is widely known in the country as one who single-handedly put chess on the…

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  • South Carolina’s Keith Eubanks (1965-2022)

    Keith Vernon Eubanks, 56, of Columbia, SC was born on September 27, 1965 and passed away on September 23, 2022. He was a lifelong resident of South Carolina and was a mainstay in the South Carolinian chess scene. No cause of death is known, but Keith had a long struggle…

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  • Howard chess activist, Sultan-Diego Sulayman (1995-2022)

    Sultan-Diego Abdullah Sulayman, a 2020 finance graduate of Howard University, passed away suddenly on October 30th after being found by his mother at their home. The news came as a shock to the Howard community as he was only 26, weeks away from his 27th birthday. At the time of…

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  • IM Nestor Velez passes away

    IM Nestor Tomas Velez BetancourtMay 5th, 1956 – June 28, 2022 It is with regret that The Chess Drum announces the passing of Cuban International Master Nestor Velez. According to social media sources, he passed away this afternoon. Correspondence International Master MI José Guillermo De La Rosa Solórzano sent the…

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  • FM Ignacio Pérez (1967-2022) passes away

    FM Ignacio Perez (1967-2022) Photo by Washington State Chess Federation The Seattle chess community is in mourning after the passing of Ignacio Pérez on January 11th, 2022. The long-time Seattle resident succumbed after a lengthy battle with throat cancer but remained active in the chess community despite his illness. He…

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  • Chicago chess legend FM Albert Chow dies

    FIDE Master Albert Chow died shortly after 5pm on Saturday, October 30, 2021. According to his friend Bill Brock, he had been diagnosed with metastatic squamous cell carcinoma (neck cancer). Chow was born on January 26, 1964, and was 57 years old on the day of his passing. FM Albert…

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  • Philadelphia loses Jerome Works (1955-2021)

    Jerome Works(April 1, 1955 – September 5, 2021)Photo Jerome Works (Facebook) There is a unique power in humility. It has an endearing quality when one wears it. It puts us at ease but also empowers. It is the trait that Jerome Works carried with him until his last words this…

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  • Detroit’s Joseph Gadson passes away

    Joseph Gadson (Detroit, USA) Photo by Joseph Gadson (Facebook)The Detroit chess community is mourning the devastating loss of Joseph Nathan Gadson. He died yesterday a day shy of his 36th birthday from the complications of gastroparesis, a rare disease that primarily affects the gastrointestinal system. Joseph stated that he was…

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  • GM Román Hernández Onna dies at 71

    GM Román Hernández Román Hernández Onna passed away early this month on June 1st from a lengthy illness. The Cuban Grandmaster and former national champion was 71 years old. As a pioneer, Hernandez had a long résumé before he ventured abroad and faced some of the world’s elite competition. Recently,…

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  • NYC honors the life of Charu Robinson, 43

    Charu Robinson January 3, 1977 – October 13, 2020 In a year that has been a challenging one for many, the chess community lost yet another servant in chess in the passing of Charu Robinson on October 13th. He was 43. The cause was not immediately revealed but he was…

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