Scholastic

  • The Rise of Deborah Quickpen

    In the aftermath of the “Battle of the Ages” match between Nigerians Tunde Onakoya and rising star Deborah Quickpen, we are possibly witnessing the beginning of a new era in African chess. While many are raving about the top-level prodigies from around the world (specifically Asia), Africa has yet to…

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  • “Jayvon Davis Express” wins in Delaware!

    Jayvon Davis won the under-1600 section of the Delaware State Open last weekend allowing him to use his winning method as teaching material. Davis runs a website called “Chess Express” targeting younger age groups. Based in Delaware, his success will undoubtedly make his students proud and give more credence to…

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  • Shakira Luster: Marist’s Chess Queen

    Shakira Luster recently captained the Marist chess team at the Illinois State High School team championship scoring a sparkling 7/7. The Chess Drum audience will know her from her successes at St. Ethelreda Grammar School and her appearance at the Chicago Open. Now a senior at Marist, she is finishing…

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  • Brewington Hardaway wins K8!

    Top-seed Brewington Hardaway won the K8 National Championship on tiebreaks over four co-champions. All ended with 6/7. Now 13, Brewington has continued to improve and adds the K8 title to add to the 7th grade title he won at the K12 Championships in December. He also got 9/9 in the…

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  • First IM norm for Tani Adewumi!

    FIDE Master Tani Adewumi is growing up right before our eyes. He recently notched the first of three required “norms” for the title of International Master. It was only three years ago that the story broke of an 8-year-old winning the New York Scholastic State Title. A New York Times…

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  • Jerald Times scores victory in legal chess battle

    National Master Jerald Times told The Chess Drum a month ago about a troubling saga involving his tenure at the Success Academy Charter Schools (SACS). Serving as the Chess Program Director he alleged that the organization held discriminatory practices within the organization. He then filed a discriminatory complaint against SACS.…

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  • Business Meets Chess & Kids… Spring 2022!

    Business Meets Chess & Kids kicks off a spring event featuring former Real Madrid star Esteban Granero as he will participate in a tandem chess tournament with youth at Los Naranjos Golf Club in Marbella, Spain. The other participants will be children from Spanish inner-city communities and business executives from…

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  • Chess in 2022 heating up the Sunshine State!

    Wyndham Orlando Resort (International Drive) From March 13th-15th, Florida “the sunshine state” will be hosting its statewide scholastic tournament with nine sections. The entry fee for scholastic players is a nominal $40 by February 25th. There is no onsite entry so make your plans ahead of time! Check floridachess.org for…

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  • Brewington Hardaway continues to climb!

    Brewington Hardaway winning Pan-Am Youth Chess Festival last October Photo courtesy of ChessKid.com After Brewington Hardaway’s recent success at the K12 Championship in Orlando, it is apparent that he has been on an improvement course that has been slow and steady. Two years ago, Hardaway became a National Master at…

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  • Chicago, Chess, Girl Power and McDonald’s

    The benefits of scholastic chess are well-known and there have been many empirical studies showing its value. In addition, chess helps to develop important social skills and self-confidence. Shakira Luster, Trechelle Williams and Imani Hill have been in the media spotlight for the past two years after winning the 8th…

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