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Back to another Olympiad… another new place… another adventure. I had been to Calvia, Turin, Dresden, Istanbul, Tromso and now would venture to a place abutting the Black Sea in a city known for vintage wineries. Nevertheless, I geared up for this trip not knowing what was to come after a contentious FIDE campaign that […]

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On the campus of University of Cape Town There are many ways to describe the African continent. Some know it as the “Cradle of Civilization” and by others as the “Dark Continent.” Rest assured, this massive land mass has a complicated history, but its complexity may be softened by the sheer diversity and beauty. Each […]

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The good news is that Amy Lee had successful surgery and was released from the hospital. Her Facebook update showed that she received an outpouring of support and love and the tournament hall will be glad to see her at the beginning of the 5th round. Favorites are still holding sway in the tournament. As […]

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2015 Sinquefield CupAugust 23th – September 3rd, 2014 (St. Louis, USA)Round #6 – Saturday, 29 August 2015 1 Aronian, L ARM ½-½ Carlsen, M NOR 2 Vachier-Lagrave, M FRA 1-0 Topalov, V BUL 3 Giri, A NED ½-½ Anand, V IND 4 So, W USA 0-1 Nakamura, H USA 5 Grischuk, A RUS 1-0 Caruana, […]

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Every two years, FIDE hosts the Olympiad with a chief organizing body. It is like no other tournament, so generally no expense is spared to make it successful. Most everyone was anticipating the Tromso Olympiad in the idyllic and quaint city. Besides it is the home country of World Champion Magnus Carlsen, so it was […]

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2014 Chess Olympiad: Closing Ceremonies Thursday, 14 August 2014 Ni Hua jumps in jubilationafter China wins gold.All photos by Daaim Shabazz. The 41st Chess Olympiad was eventful for a number of reasons. The contentious campaign leading up to the Presidential election held the entire event in suspense. The presence of campaign slogans were everywhere including […]

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The historic World Open is being held in Arlington, Virginia for the second year in a row at the Crystal City Hyatt. The field has attracted a strong Cuban contingent including defending champion Lazaro Bruzon and Cuba’s national champion Isan Reynaldo Ortiz Suarez. A horde of international players are in the field which should make […]

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GM Gata Kamsky was unable to overcome GM Alejandro Ramirez. The tournament is coming down to the wire with the penultimate round tomorrow. Today at the top of the field changed little, but a few other contenders inched closer. Gata Kamsky-Alejandro Ramirez had an interesting battle in which a tactical melee ensued. Kamsky came out […]

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Back in 2007, I visited London, England for the first time to attend a conference held by the International Academy of African Business Development (IAABD) at London Metropolitan University. I had heard much about the famed metropolis of eight million, but particularly the rainy, gloomy days and pedestrian congestion. While these notions were true, there […]

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Following is a press release from “Ajeh Club d’Echecs” (@EchecsHaiti) about a tournament in Haiti in the village of Quisqueya. It was a youth tournament featuring seven players. French and a rough English translation are offered below. French Le tournoi d’ouverture de l’année scolaire de village quisqueya s’est déroulé le vendredi 12 octobre 2012 avec […]

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I have always wanted to visit Turkey. It is one of those places that one reads about in school. The Ottoman Empire and the vision of Kemal Attaturk are those I had known about, but to see the famous Blue Mosque was something I had to witness. The 40th Chess Olympiad was held in the […]

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FM Carlos Mena, a Cuban national, won the 2012 Southern Open this past weekend. The 20th Annual Southern Open was held from July 27th-29th, at the Wyndham Orlando Resort. Harvey Lerman was the organizer and Steve Emmitt was the tournament director. The tournament was held during heavy vacation season and there were many events being […]

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With the Philadelphia International beginning tonight, the 40th World Open officially begins tomorrow and remains the marquee tournament in America. Approximately 1000-1300 players will travel to Philadelphia to compete for top prizes. What big names will be out? Stay tuned! 40th Annual World Open July 2-8, 2012, Philadelphia, PA Sheraton Philadelphia City Center Hotel 17th […]

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Daaim Shabazz at one of the most famous chess parks in the world, Washington Square Park located in New York City. Last Saturday, me and my friend took the train over from New Jersey to New York for a beautiful Saturday afternoon. I wanted to see the newly-remodeled Washington Square Park. I had contacted a […]

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February is “Black History Month” in the U.S. and each year people of African descent celebrate the accomplishments of their past and present. Blacks have storied histories in science, law, business, politics, arts and athletics. Most may not know or realize that Blacks also have a fairly rich (albeit recent) history in chess. Queen Nefertari […]

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This is an open forum for teams and players to write about their experiences at the 2010 Chess Olympiad in Khanty Mansiysk, Russia. There are 157 teams scheduled to participate and an important FIDE election for the office of President. Olympiad tournaments are filled with memories, so we would like you to share yours with […]

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Like many African nations, Kenya is one with an interesting history. However, their chess history is a bit less storied. Kenya has a small community, but the passion runs high. As part of an ongoing initiative to ignite excitement in Kenya, a friendly match was proposed. Mehul Gohil of the Kenyan “Simbas” sent in the […]

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GM Loek Van Wely vs. FM Jake Kleiman and GM Mesgan Amanov vs. GM Gabriel Sargissian. Photo by Daaim Shabazz. The 2009 Chicago Open has begun and a number of strong players are present. Top seed appears to be Armenia’s Gabriel Sargissian. He was spotted in St. Louis at the U.S. Championship where he was […]

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Photos by Daaim Shabazz (Round #8) Following are images from the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis. This venture was financed by Rex Sinquefield a retired investor and chess promoter. In the words of Robert Hess, this is arguably the best chessclub in the U.S. No quarter was spared in giving chess its […]

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GM Maurice Ashley recently spent time in South Africa touring the schools and promoting chess. He was able to leave the students with some valuable life lessons. The host was David Berman who runs the program, “Chess for Change”. Ashley sent the following letter: Hey Daaim: I just came back from a deeply humbling yet […]

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