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Beejay Hicks Photo courtesy of Pearline Hicks Adia Onyango reported on Facebook Chess Connections that, “fellow teammate and chess player, Beejay Hicks passed away due to COVID-19.” Beejay Hicks, born on December 19th, 1954 in Harlem (NYC), was 65 years old. According to Pearline Hicks, Beejay’s wife of 23 years, their family had felt unwell […]

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For the past couple of months, the world has been facing a global pandemic dubbed as the “coronavirus.” It has resulted in scores of tournaments being canceled and rendering travel difficult and even impractical. There was a discussion about the fate of the Candidates tournament after the eight players (including two from China) were on […]

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Tani Adewumi on the rise!Photo by Angel Lopez Just after the recent announcement of the upcoming book, Tanitoluwa Adewumi continued his rapid rise. Last weekend at an Action tournament at the Marshall Chess Club, Tani scored 3/4 including wins over three masters including IM Jay Bonin. He would lose to eventual winner GM Michael Rohde, […]

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Inez Kelley knew just how much chess meant to her brother Armand Kelley. They were part of a chess-playing family where the activity was valued. Armand naturally gravitated toward the game and became a fixture in the New York chess scene. He was active as part of the Kingsman Chess Club. Adia Onyango had this […]

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Nikita Pearl Waligwa who played as Gloria in the Disney movie, “Queen of Katwe” has died. The Ugandan media has reported the death The 15-year old who gained international acclaim for her role in the movie. The cause of death given was a recurrent brain tumor. Nikita was first diagnosed in 2016, but was given […]

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Dr. Daniel Shawul Abdi is currently a staff Research Scientist II at CIRES/NOAA in Monterey, California. There have been many famous pioneering computer scientists, but there is one you probably don’t know. Daniel Shawul Abdi is an Ethiopian computer scientist and civil engineer who has become a noted author of the DanChess program and its […]

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In the U.S., each February we celebrate the accomplishments of prominent figures in the African Disapora. Dr. Carter G. Woodson, a man of prodigious intellectual standing, was the innovator of the idea in 1926. He attended venerable institutions such as University of Chicago, the Sorbonne and Harvard University and penned the classic, The Miseducation of […]

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National Master Daniel X JonesPhoto by Nathan Kelly Daniel X Jones is known best as one of the pioneers of the Chicago Chess Blitzers (CCB) and the National Blitz League (NBL). For the past few years, Jones and a contingent of Chicago chess players have staged a number of team matches against various cities. The […]

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Fabiano Caruana After Fabiano Caruana won the 2020 Tata Steel Tournament, there was recurring buzz about whether the American would get another shot at wresting the world title away from Magnus Carlsen. In fact, he bested an elite field that included the champion. Next month (March 15th-April 5th), he will be in Yekaterinburg, Russia among […]

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