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John Fedorowicz is a product of the famous “Fischer Boom,” and relishes the opportunity to talk about the good ole days. The Bronx native has played in most every major U.S. tournament, but made his debut in the Senior Tournament of Champions this year. He jokingly said, “I like playing the old guys.” GM John […]

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Vincent Bazemore, Jr.Photo from Vince’s Voice The Chess Drum regrets to inform the chess community of the passing of 39-year old Vincent John Bazemore, Jr. on May 27th, 2019. The United States Chess Federation announced his passing at the Delegate’s Meeting at the 2019 U.S. Open. He was born September 10th, 1974 in Fredericksted, St. […]

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One thing is for sure… “Nyzhnyk” is not easy to spell and “Illia” is not easy to beat. The Ukrainian national has been in good form lately as he scores another strong result. He was in the running at the Chicago Open in May, but had to settle for joint second with eight other players. […]

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Readers, This is a personal reflection on a topic that I believe needs to be discussed for the good of chess. While chess isn’t a physically violent encounter, there are times in which the tragic end of one’s life occurs during a game of chess. I explain this in the essay below. I hope this […]

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The U.S. Open will hold its 120th edition in the home of the Disney Corporation, Orlando, Florida. This is America’s longest running tournament and will also be the host for the 80th Delegate’s Meeting. Players and Delegates will be among the many groups conferring at the Rosen Centre Hotel (9840 International Drive), the site of […]

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Kids are full of boundless joy. They frolic from activity to activity allowing their creativity to take them into imaginary worlds and multidimensional paradises where they are happy and carefree. In the past 10-20 years, things have changed and now children can find their enjoyment in exploring alternate universes and even traversing the globe via […]

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IM Kassa Korley in CopenhagenPhoto by xtraconchessopen.dk IM Kassa Korley has been charting a course to the coveted GM title since graduating from Duke University a few years ago. After earning his first GM norm last June, he has recently played in a series of tournaments and his hard work is beginning to pay off. […]

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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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Moiseenko-Korley, Xtracon Open 2019After 19.Rad1, Korley played 19…Re5!!! IM Kassa Korley has been trying to find his groove for the past year in search of stability in his GM pursuit. He is currently in Denmark playing in the Xtracon Chess Open (Helsingør, Denmark) and played an absolute brilliant game in round four (July 22nd). His […]

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Ron Jones playing Phiona Mutesi,“Queen of Katwe”Photo by U.S. Chess Center Tragic news has hit the chess community once again. Ronald Jones, 59, an icon in the Washington, DC chess scene was stabbed to death in a domestic incident. The assailant named in the Washington Post article was Alisa Randall, 31, of the Northwest DC […]

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IM-elect Josh ColasPhoto courtesy of Webster University (SPICE) Josh Colas just finished his junior year at Webster University and has begun a series of tournaments in Europe. Colas has a GM norm and two IM norms needing only to reach 2400 to have the IM title conferred. He is looking to add to his collection […]

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In what has become somewhat of a tradition on the continent of Africa, the Egyptian’s major haul in continental championships continued in Hammamet, Tunisia. The Republic of Egypt took five of the six medals in the Open and Women’s African Individual Championships over the past week and cemented their status as the African Lion. From […]

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OPEN Ahmed Adly wins the 2019 African Individual Championship!Bassem Amin takes the silver… El-Gindy bronze! There were a lot of combinations in terms of the medal race, but in the end, everyone knew an Egyptian Grandmaster would be on the gold medal stand. The question was, “Would it be Adly or Amin?” GM Ahmed Adly […]

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Round #8:Shrook Wafa wins the 2019 African Women’s Championship!! Shrook Wafa is the 2019 African Women’s champion! In what has been a truly dominating performance, the 22-year old Egyptian wins her 3rd continental title winning consecutively in 2013 and 2014. Mabrouk! Photo courtesy of Babatunde Ogunsiku (Africa Chess Media) WOMEN It appears that the Egyptians […]

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Round #7:Adly storms into the lead… Rakotomaharo upsets Bellahcene, moves in joint 2nd with Amin…Shrook held, Latreche closes gap OPEN There is no odds-on favorite to win the 2019 edition of the African Individual Championship. The story of the day has to be the young IM from Madagascar Fy Rakotomaharo who stands as one of […]

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