Archive for the 'Scholastic' Category

Brooklyn native Charles Smith is no stranger to these pages, and we are glad to announce the release of his new training book. For many years, he honed his chess education methods in Birmingham where he was locally recognized for his success. Founder of Magic City Chess University, he was honored by the Birmingham Mayor […]

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IM-elect Justus Williams has been known to The Chess Drum audience since he was a pre-teen aspiring to great feats. Now a young collegiate, he is seeking to make a difference in his community, and has launched an initiative called “Black Squares.” The idea is to promote the Chess-in-Schools (CIC) mantra by exposing children to […]

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Francis Anquanah recently won the Ghanaian crown for the 7th time, but there is a future contender in Dave Chief Quansah Acheampong. The 8-year old recently won the African Online Chess Championship for the under-9 category. Taught by his father David Achempong at age four, he naturally gravitated toward chess in a nation where many […]

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Back in 2003, The Chess Drum ran a story about Orrin Hudson’s BeSomeone, (then) a rather new organization touting life skills through a chess metaphor. Hudson was seen playing motivational speaker Les Brown and credited him with helping him to learn the craft of motivation. Seventeen years later, the two met again with Hudson being […]

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Jessica Hyatt is the latest of a string of Black girls to come out of the New York area and destined for chess success. Recently, she won a $40,000 scholarship, but it was not the usual full ride to chess powerhouses like Webster or UT-Dallas. It was the Daniel Feinberg Success in Chess Award that […]

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I Want To Mentor YOUR CHILD Through These Unprecedented Times for 6 straight weeks starting Monday June 22th to Friday July 31st I’m doing brand-new, never-before-seen LIVE VIRTUAL Event on MAKING YOUR NEXT MOVE YOUR BEST MOVE! How to make every move count How to follow the masters How wake up winning How to navigate […]

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With COVID-19 bearing down on the world, Jamaica got in the last of their tournament activity before the Executive Council of the Jamaican Chess Federation (JCF) suspended activity on March 13th. That included the St. Catherine Open, a FIDE-rated event scheduled for March 19th-22nd. In light of the coronavirus (COVID19) threat being experienced across Jamaica […]

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Tani Adewumi on the rise!Photo by Angel Lopez Just after the recent announcement of the upcoming book, Tanitoluwa Adewumi continued his rapid rise. Last weekend at an Action tournament at the Marshall Chess Club, Tani scored 3/4 including wins over three masters including IM Jay Bonin. He would lose to eventual winner GM Michael Rohde, […]

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Detroit chess community hosting Hikaru Nakamura at Vinsetta Garage (27799 Woodward Avenue, Berkley, MI 48072). Left to Right: Bryan Wilson, Sr., Tahira-Chandra Yanish, Catherine Martinez, GM Hikaru Nakamura, Kevin Fite, and NM Jimmy Canty III Hikaru Nakamura just celebrated his 32nd birthday this month. It appears that his popularity has never been greater as his […]

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Illinois All-Grade Chess Championships was held in Peoria, Illinois and featured players from kindergarten to 12th grade. This is a prequel to the K-12 Grade Championships held in Orlando, Florida on December 13-15th. St. Ethlereda entered three players in the 8th grade section and got the highest composite score of 8.5 points to win the […]

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