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  • Tani Adewumi wins North American Youth under-12

    Tani Adewumi winning under-12 at North American Youth Chess Championships.Photo by Kayodo Adewumi Tanitoluwa Adewumi has been in the public eye since his story hit the news two years ago. He has also been popular is social media and appeared last year in a Puzzle Rush challenge match on Hikaru…

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  • Abhimanyu Mishra, youngest chess GM in history!

    Abhimanyu Mishra was born on February 5th, 2009, and in an interview with FM Jim Eade, stated that he started playing chess at just 2-1/2 years old. After that, he began making history by setting several records in U.S. chess. He became the youngest 2000-rated player (7 years, 6 months),…

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  • Tani Adewumi becomes Chess Master at 10!

    National Master Tani Adewumi Photo courtesy of Facebook (Kayode Adewumi)The star has continued to rise for Tanitoluwa “Tani” Adewumi who earned his title of National Master at 10 years 7 months and 29 days. The story of Tani broke on these pages a few years back when his family decided…

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  • Charles Smith’s training book reveals Matrix method

    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…

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  • “Black Squares” leaps into action

    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)…

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  • Acheampong is Africa’s under-9 champ!

    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…

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  • Orrin Hudson chats with Les Brown!

    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…

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  • Jessica Hyatt

    Jessica Hyatt making moves… nets $40K scholarship

    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…

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  • Orrin Hudson’s virtual summer camp

    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…

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  • 2020 Jamaica Nat’l Age Championships

    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)…

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