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Chess community, I am Dr. Daaim Shabazz, Associate Professor of Global Business at Florida A&M University and the creator/owner of The Chess Drum website. I am in good standing with the United Stated Chess Federation where I am an active player, Board Member of Florida Chess Association and have selflessly served the chess journalist community […]

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Since 2012 I have done a review of each issue of New in Chess (NIC), a premier Dutch magazine. When I received my New in Chess a month ago, I was pleased to see Hikaru Nakamura as the cover story as well as the Tata Steel coverage. The issue included a Carlsen interview and there […]

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The buildup to the 2014 FIDE election in Tromso, Norway was so tense you could feel it in the air. As representatives from 176 federations filed into the Universitetet i Tromsø (UIT) auditorium there was a buzzing of excitement. However, it was a matter of time before the meeting had to address controversial issues during […]

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Adisa Banjoko of the Hip Hop Chess Federation penned an interesting essay titled, “Illusory Protection: Education & The Prison Industrial Complex”. This piece deals with his own experience as a security guard at John McConnell Elementary School and some of the disturbing trends he saw amongst Black and Latino students. Co-written with Arash Daneshzadeh, the […]

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A major story has broken in the chess world yesterday as Norway Olympiad Committee (NOC) have disqualified the Russian women’s team who are the defending champions. This has caused quite a stir because FIDE is seeking to overturn the decision despite the admission that the Russian Chess Federation (RCF) missed the June 1st deadline for […]

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There has been a wave of campaign activity in Africa which seems to be the region where candidates are focusing a lot of attention. It may be called “The Scramble for Africa“. A few months back there was a sparring match between incumbent Kirsan Ilyumzhinov and challenger Garry Kasparov over who had garnered the support […]

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Garry Kasparov next to the plaque commemorating his visit in Dakar, Senegal. Photo by kasparov2014.com. Former World Champion Garry Kasparov has been busy with his campaign for FIDE President having recently finished an Asian tour and an African tour. The Asian tour occurred during the World Chess Championship in November and the latter covered a […]

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February 14, 2014 | By KNews | Filed Under Sports Guyana’s lone national arbiter Irshad Mohamed was voted in as the new President of the Guyana Chess Federation (GCF) on Sunday last when the local governing body held their elections of office bearers. New President of the Guyana Chess Federation Irshad Mohamed (seated centre) with […]

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Ignatius LeongPhoto by kasparov2014.com. The World Chess Federation or FIDE election season is in full swing as both candidates have had to face accusatory inquiries stemming from past contracts apparently exhibiting a “conflict of interest”. ChessBase.com ran a story titled, “Contractgate” detailing a six-page contract drawn up by Attorney Morton Sand and one that Garry […]

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Dear all, Please find below update on Garry Kasparov and the KCF’S visit to Nigeria. The team will arrive Abuja on the evening of Tursday, 30 January, 2014. They’re expected to meet the board of the NCF on the evening of Thursday 30 January at the Hilton Hotel Abuja. On Friday, 31 January, the combined […]

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