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In the past couple of months, there has been a buzz about a Netflix series called, “The Queen’s Gambit.” After its release last October, it soared to the top of the Netflix charts and received worldwide acclaim from chessplayers and non-chessplayers alike. It has given chess a different look from the distorted “geek” imagery normally […]

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The year was 2020. While the number is associated with clear vision no one could’ve seen this coming. The year was filled with hope just as “2000,” “2010” had before. Each decade we hope for a new era filled with hopes and dreams, but the first year of the decade was one that will go […]

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In June 2020, Jamaica’s Bertram Scott has released a seminal work chronicling the chess history of the island nation. The book titled, The History of Chess in Jamaica: 1834-1978 has important content in tracing the activities of history, not only on the island but important events in the chess world. The book is a treasure-trove […]

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Dear chess community, After urging from New in Chess Chief Editor Dirk Jan ten Geuzendam, I have penned an exclusive for the world’s premier chess magazine (2020-8). Dirk and I met at either an Olympiad or one of the Grand Chess Tour events in St. Louis. As we covered one of the events, he posed […]

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Barbados’ top chess player Orlando Husbands finished off the year in grand style by winning the Michael Forde Memorial Championship with a perfect record over the weekend to secure a fourth major title for 2020. The 23-year-old International Master brushed aside each of his seven opponents and was crowned champion before the final round of […]

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Colombian-Swedish Grandmaster Pontus Carlsson continues to fight the good fight as far as social issues are concerned. Bringing light to these issues years ago, he became front and center of a discussion about racism in Sweden. The Chess Drum ran an interview about his challenges four years ago. In that segment, he discussed his problems […]

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Charu Robinson January 3, 1977 – October 13, 2020 In a year that has been a challenging one for many, the chess community lost yet another servant in chess in the passing of Charu Robinson on October 13th. He was 43. The cause was not immediately revealed but he was found in his apartment by […]

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Pedro Adérito, an International Master from Angola, has passed away at 44. This had been announced through various platforms including WhatsApp African chess group. According to the Angola Press Agency, he had apparently been dealing with an illness and a member of Angola’s chess body had visited Adérito at his home in the afternoon before […]

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In the face of a global pandemic, many have lost loved ones unexpectantly. This scourge has forced us to take a closer look at the priorities of life and perhaps reevaluate personal relationships. Ahvia M. Reynolds Personally, I have been beset by two tragedies, the loss of both siblings in a six-week span… Abraham Jr. […]

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Dear Drum Community! I am back from a month-long hiatus from writing and news coverage. Toni and Abraham Bolden, Jr. on their honeymoon in Dunn River Falls (Ocho Rios, Jamaica) in 1989. I would like to extend my thanks to those of you who extended well-wishes to me after the loss of my older brother […]

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