Black History Month 2022-Day 20: Afro-Latino Chess
In this Black History Month, we honor our Afro-Latino chess kindred as part of our shared history. The Chess Drum has spent 21 years covering chess around the globe and while the site has presented coverage of major international events, it has focused its energy on the African Diaspora. One…Read More »
Pontus Carlsson wins 2021 Prague Blitz!
GM Pontus CarlssonGM Pontus Carlsson has told The Chess Drum that he was at a tournament in Spain where the others did not believe he was a chess player. After not taking him seriously, he promptly won all of the games. He overheard one of the players saying “The Black…Read More »
Costa Rica’s Tania Hernandez renewed chess passion
Tania Hernández Álvarez was a prominent player in the Cuba’s women’s circuit haven competed in the national championship several times. However, she joined a large migrant population of chess players and she settled abroad in Costa Rica and renewed passion for chess. A few years ago, she obtained Costa Rican…Read More »
Brazil’s rising star Ryan Wesley Caetano
Ryan Wesley da Costa Caetano of Brazil is an aspiring Grandmaster and was the 2019 Brazilian Junior Champion. Aged 19, he currently has a FIDE rating of 2243. Five months ago, Ryan was profiled in an interview on chess.com where he discussed his beginnings, inspirations, and aspirations. Here is the…Read More »
Drum Interviews @ Millionaire Chess Open
The Millionaire Chess Open has come and gone, but will not be soon forgotten. The four-day festival culminated with an exciting playoff and in the end GM Wesley So came out victorious. The 21-year old Filipino was expressive at the closing ceremony and could be seen milling out in a…Read More »
Guyana Chess elects new Cabinet!
February 14, 2014 | By KNews | Filed Under Sports Guyana’s lone national arbiter Irshad Mohamed was voted in as the new President of the Guyana Chess Federation (GCF) on Sunday last when the local governing body held their elections of office bearers. New President of the Guyana Chess Federation…Read More »
2012 São Paulo/Bilbao Grand Slam
Concurrently running with the London Grand Prix tournament, the Bilbao Chess Masters Final has begun and features World Champion Viswanathan Anand along with world’s two top-rated players Magnus Carlsen and Levon Aronian. The field also has frontliners Sergey Karjakin, Fabiano Caruana with the lone Spanish contender in Francisco Vallejo-Pons. 2012…Read More »
Drum Interviews @ Istanbul Olympiad
Olympiad tournaments are full of interesting personalities ranging from professional players, to enthusiastic organizers and to national champions in tiny chess countries. IM Kenneth Solomon The Chess Drum was able to get 12 interviews during the 40th Chess Olympiad including its third with three-time Olympic champion Levon Aronian. Please sit…Read More »
2011 World Youth Championship (Brazil)
The World Youth Championships begin today in Caldas Novas, Brazil. The tournament will have twelve categories (six each for both open and girls). There are 78 countries competing for top honors and titles. There are several Grandmasters on hand including top seed Samvel Ter-Sahakyan (2556) of Armenia. The under-18 section…Read More »
Magnus Carlsen wins Bilbao!
Magnus Carlsen had another inspired win at Bilbao. Photo by Pascal Simon.In a very exciting ending, Magnus Carlsen won the Bilbao Grand Slam by catching Vassily Ivanchuk and then beating him in a tiebreak blitz match. The key win for Carlsen may have been round #9 when he scored…Read More »