Archive for the 'Scholastic' Category

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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Zahir Muhammad at the 2018 Denker Tournament of Champions against FM Maggie Feng. Photo courtesy of Zahir Muhammad Zahir Muhammad, 17, has a vision. It is a vision that is often stated by many in the Black community. Muhammad is a slender 6’3″ and has the frame of a point guard, and while he does […]

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Robin Ramson has undertaken an important initiative in the DC and for the past six years she has trailblazed the idea of getting more girls into chess. In fact, Ramson had been organizing these events before it received widespread support. The idea is to use chess as a tool to build confidence and to hone […]

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CHARLES LORNGCEO and Director, MiniChess (Cote d’Ivoire) Cote d’Ivoire is still basking in the glory of holding the successful Grand Chess Tour event held in early May where 10 of the world’s top players visited Abidjan for the Rapid and Blitz tournament. In less than a week, Paris will host a similar event, but it […]

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In an impressive showing last Friday, Detroit City Chess Club (DCCC) continued its tradition by honoring area scholastic players for its 6th Annual All-City Team Awards. Detroit has had a history of successes in scholastic tournaments and this is an opportunity to recount the positive community impact. DCCC hosted the event on June 14th at […]

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Shakira Luster At the 2019 Chicago Open, I walked into a tournament hall and noticed the wide range of ages playing in the under-1000. However, what also stuck out was three girls who were under the watchful eye of their coach. I snapped a few pictures not immediately realizing the backstory of success. Of course, […]

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On March 16th, the New York Times ran a story on Tanitoluwa Adewumi, a Nigerian boy whose family migrated to the U.S. for a better life. The story generated more than 400 comments. A follow-up story generated another 400 comments. “Homeless,” “refugee,” and “chess champion” are an unlikely combination of search words indeed, but the […]

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Jacob Wamala Hometown: Milford, New Hampshire Education: B.S. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2012), M.B.A University of California-Berkeley (2019) Peak Chess Rating: 2097 (USCF) 2078 (FIDE) Chess Accolades: 2-time Massachusetts H.S. State Champion Activities: MIT varsity football, OmegaBrite Scholar, MIT Minority Business Association (co-founder), Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. (Rho Nu Chapter) Current Profession: Principal, OVO […]

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Rochelle Ballantyne Hometown: Brooklyn, New York Education: B.A./B.A. (double major) Stanford University (2017) Peak Chess Rating: 2127 (USCF) 1957 (FIDE) Chess Accolades: Polgar All-Girls under-14, Polgar All-Girls under-16, All-Girls under-18 title, World Youth Championship – Caldas Novas, Brazil (2011), United Arab Emirates (2013) Activities: subject in movie, “Brooklyn Castle,” Starfish Scholar, Questbridge Scholar, Black Student […]

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Darrian Robinson Hometown: Brooklyn, New York Education: B.A. University of Chicago (2016), London School of Economics (study abroad) Peak Chess Rating: 2128 (USCF) 2035 (FIDE) Chess Accolades: World Youth representation – Batumi, Georgia (2006), Antala, Turkey (2009); Pan-Am Games – Cuenca, Ecuador (2006), University of Chicago Chess Team Pan-Am Intercollegiate Activities: White House Office of […]

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Kayin Barclay Hometown: Chicago, Illinois Education: B.A. Morehouse College (2012), M.B.A. Harvard University (2019) Peak Chess Rating: 2215 (USCF) 2220 (FIDE) Chess Accolades: National Master (2012), 2-time state champion (Whitney Young Magnet H.S.), beat GM Jaan Ehlvest Activities: Phi Beta Kappa (honor society) Current Profession: Investment Banker, full-time MBA student at Harvard University Last tournament: […]

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Jessica Wamala Hometown: Milford, New Hampshire Education: B.A. Villanova University (2013), M.A. Villanova (2014), MPhil Middle Eastern Studies, University of Oxford (2016) Peak Chess Rating: 1790 (USCF) Chess Accolades: Massachusetts Junior High co-champ, U.S. Open “C” champion Activities: Phi Beta Kappa (honor society), Rhodes Scholar, Villanova varsity women’s basketball, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. (Upsilon […]

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Dr. Shearwood McClelland III Hometown: Teaneck, New Jersey Education: B.A. Harvard College (2000), M.D. Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons (2004) Peak Chess Rating: 2311 (USCF), 2210 (FIDE) Chess Accolades: National Master (1994), All-American, 3-time National H.S. Champion, U.S. Junior Open Champion (1997), 2-time New Jersey State Champion, 12 state titles, beat GM Bu Xianghzi […]

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Chess has been said to have many qualities. Often misunderstood as a game only for the high-browed intelligentsia, it has many redeeming qualities that attract adherents of all demographics. Chess has been the subject of many studies and is often called a sport, game, and even a science. It is undeniable that chess players derive […]

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Tanitoluwa AdewumiPhoto by Nicholas Kristof Nigeria has long been one of Africa’s most heralded chess countries with an ambitious goal of producing the next generation of chess masters. Having already produced a number of International Masters, the country has recently launched a fundraising campaign to produce the first Grandmaster in history. There is a wealth […]

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