Opinion/Editorials

  • African Chess in Newsweek

    The Closet Grandmaster blog sent me a note that there was an article on African Chess in Newsweek. In this article, they focus on Zambia’s Amon Simutowe and discusses the challenges and what needs to be done to promote chess on the continent. Scott Johnson actually contacted me for an interview,…

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  • Tom Murphy: King of Dupont Circle

      Tom Murphy in his office at the famous Dupont Circle. Photo washingtonpost.com Vaughn Bennett just sent me a link to an article from the Washington Post on Tom Murphy, a DC-based legendary chess hustler. Those who have been to Dupont Circle in Washington, DC have no doubt heard his name…

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  • Changing of the Guard

    Ever since Garry Kasparov retired (and even prior to), there has been a slow changing of the guard in chess. The powerful Soviet School of Chess still reigned after the fall of the Soviet Union. However, the advent of computers, the migration of Russian players and simply the passage of…

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  • The Importance of Chess Literacy

    We often talk about the importance of literacy in society. It is even a contentious issue in some countries… the right to learn to read. Obviously, it is essential to learn the rudiments of writing, reading and speaking. A person respected is one with measured words and a strong pen.…

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  • Open Forum

    This is a chance to discuss any chess topic (past or present) that you prefer. It was an exciting summer for chess and we are now in the midst of the World Chess Championship in Mexico. Lots to talk about. You can also post suggested topics and tell us what…

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  • China: The Dragons are Coming!

    China in the process of crushing the UK in the Liverpool Chess Match. Photo from liverpoolchessinternational.co.uk. China has been on the fast track to success over the past two decades. Having boasted held the Women Chess title on four different occasions (Xie Jun – twice, Zhu Chen, Yuhua Xu). They also…

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  • Interesting Article on Anand

      ChessBase ran an interesting interview of Viswanathan Anand that was conducted by Manisha Mohite and written for India’s Sify Sport. Anand talks about his beginning and the surprising admission was that he did plan to be a chess player. When asked who his role models were in India, he…

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  • ChessBase article on Amon Simutowe!

    ChessBase has run an article on GM-elect Amon Simutowe written by me! The article is presented differently on The Chess Drum as ChessBase’s Frederic Friedel has a different layout philosophy. The the articles have the exact same content. Enjoy! https://www.chessbase.com/newsdetail.asp?newsid=4086

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  • Ultramodernist theory says play 1.e5!

         I just ran a story about Lionel Davis and his ‘ultramodernist theory.’ Read it and make out of it what you want, but he is promoting a form of chess that breaks the mold. In reference to black moving first, here is what he has to say… We…

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  • Lionel Davis touts “Ultramodern Chess Theory”

    Tony Kimbrough watches Lionel Davis play 1.e5! with black in the 1st ‘ultra’ game. Photo courtesy of Lionel Davis. For years, Buffalo’s Lionel Davis has touted his “ultramodern” theory and claims that it has a precedent with the play of Bobby Fischer. Chess players around the world understand the contributions…

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