Obituary

  • 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 was…

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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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  • IM Pedro Aderito (Angola)

    Pedro Aderito, Angolan IM, passes at 44

    Pedro Adérito, an International Master from Angola, has passed away at 44. This had been announced through various platforms including WhatsApp African chess group. According to the Angola Press Agency, he had apparently been dealing with an illness and a member of Angola’s chess body had visited Adérito at his…

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  • In Memory of Ahvia Maria

    In the face of a global pandemic, many have lost loved ones unexpectantly. This scourge has forced us to take a closer look at the priorities of life and perhaps reevaluate personal relationships. Ahvia M. Reynolds Personally, I have been beset by two tragedies, the loss of both siblings in…

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  • Col. Michel Nguele Viang Cameroon’s 1st Chess President dies

    Lewis Ncube, Continental President for Africa, has made the following announcement on behalf of the African Chess Confederation: During the last few days, the Board of the African Chess Confederation has learnt of the death of Michel Nguélé Viang with profound shock and deep regret. Michel, who was President of…

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