Scholastic

  • Ashley inspires Youth

    Maurice Ashley is leading a chess camp at Huber Memorial Church in Baltimore. The Brooklyn-based Grandmaster has been singing the virtues of chess for two decades as a chess evangelist. He has been a player, coach, commentator, author and even a fan. Ashley’s story is well-known, but each time he…

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  • Historic Moments: Justus Williams… K6 Champion

    Ever since Justus Williams burst on the scholastic scene, the word on him was, he had a very mature style for a scholastic player. With many scholastic players, there is a tendancy to over-emphasize openings and tactics to the neglect of sound positional principles. There is also another attribute spectators…

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  • Nigel Bryant makes “Expert”!

    Nigel Bryant, the latest of the New York scholastics to reach the ‘Expert’ level. Photo courtesy of Derrick Bryant. Two of a kind may not win many poker hands, but in chess a pair it is certainly something to applaud. Chess not only has a pair of siblings, but a…

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  • Sydney Morris… Middle School Champ!

    Birmingham, Alabama is perhaps known more for its Civil Rights legacy than for chess. Chess in Alabama has not met a renaissance although the state has produced several strong players. The lack of such a presence may make it difficult to find models to emulate. However, scholastic chess has blossomed…

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  • Williams, Black shine… K6 Champions!

    Benjamin Moon facing Justus Williams. Both scored 6/7 with two others, but Williams would go on to winon tiebreaks. Photo by Shaun Smith. Atlanta hosted the Burt Lerner National Elementary Championships featuring players from kindergarten through 6th grade. There was only a couple of certainties… the tournament would draw thousands…

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  • Ballantyne wins All-Girls Title!

    Ballantyne shows off her scholarship letter. Photo by Elizabeth Vicary. Rochelle Ballantyne of Brooklyn Tech won the All-Girls 18-under title with 5-1. Danni Chen of Ohio State University also had 5-1 but with inferior tiebreaks. The All-Girls championship is sponsored by the Garry Kasparov Foundation in cooperation with the University…

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  • IS 318…Jr. High Champs!

    Alexis Paredes, Justus Williams , Jehron Bryant and Pobo Efekoro show off their shiny new trophies. Photos by Elizabeth Vicary. Back in the late 70s and early 80s, a dominate force rolled through junior high school chess. Vaux Jr. High of Philadelphia won seven consecutive national championships and eight overall.…

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  • Smith moves Birmingham’s Chess Agenda

    Michele Wilson-Morris of Birmingham believes there is a good reason Charles Smith has been honored by the city Mayor with the “2010 Hidden Heroes Award” from the Division of Youth Services. His ability to teach the game in such a short period of time and his overall methodology is very…

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  • Williams takes on U.S. Masters

    Justus Williams recently scored a respectable 5.5/9 at the U.S. Masters. As the only scholastic player and of African descent, he was certainly getting some attention. He had a performance rating of 2184 and defeated a couple of Masters. His mother gave The Chess Drum the following message: He got…

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  • Detroit CCC runs Motor City!

    Detroit City Chess Club is continuing to do good works under the leadership of Kevin Fite. The Detroit Institute of Arts is host to the thriving chess community comprised primarily of Elementary School players. Sherman Redden Jr., one of the top scholastic players in the Detroit area, tells how his…

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