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Many times we sometimes think about what role we want to play in the greater chess community. Are we teachers? Organizers? Arbiters? Politicians? Journalists? Authors? Commentators? Are we those who only want to compete? For Justus Williams, who is a USCF Senior Master, he happens to be in another category… activist. Chess players have various […]

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2021 World Chess CupJuly 12th-August 6th, 2021(Sochi, Russia)MATCH PAIRINGS (ROUND 6) 1 Carlsen, Magnus NOR 1-0 Bacrot, Etienne FRA 2 Duda, Jan-Krzysztof POL ½-½ Vidit, Santosh Gujrathi IND 3 Fedoseev, Vladimir RUS ½-½ Tabatabaei, Amin IRI 4 Karjakin, Sergey RUS 0-1 Shankland, Sam USA Official Brackets Round 6, Game 1 Wednesday, 28 July 2021 Shankland’s […]

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2021 World Chess CupJuly 12th-August 6th, 2021(Sochi, Russia)MATCH PAIRINGS (ROUND 4) Bracket 1 1 Carlsen, Magnus NOR ½-½ Wojtaszek, Radoslaw POL 2 Dubov, Daniil RUS ½-½ Esipenko, Andrey RUS 3 Ponkratov, Pavel RUS 0-1 Bacrot, Etienne FRA 4 Piorun, Kacper POL 1-0 Sindarov, Javokhir USA Bracket 2 5 Grischuk, Alexander RUS ½-½ Korobov, Anton UKR […]

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GM Pontus Carlsson GM 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 guy is playing good!” […]

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The anticipation was high and many eagerly awaited the moment when over-the-board (OTB) chess would return. The Continental Chess Association (CCA) announced that they were be hosting a full slate of tournaments for 2021 year, but for the Chicago Open, there would be restrictions. David Hater mentioned in his report on uschess.org that were varied […]

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Ramón Mateo For many years, the name Ramón Mateo has been a trailblazer of Latin American and Caribbean chess. In the U.S., his name was also known due to his time living in New York and playing in the parks. However, what is clear is that Mateo (meaning “Matthew”) has not gotten the attention that […]

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GM Román Hernández Román Hernández Onna passed away early this month on June 1st from a lengthy illness. The Cuban Grandmaster and former national champion was 71 years old. As a pioneer, Hernandez had a long résumé before he ventured abroad and faced some of the world’s elite competition. Recently, The Chess Drum featured his […]

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Susan Namangale President of Malawi Chess Federation This past year has been one with a bit of intrigue as the continent of Africa seemed to increase chess activity online. There were a number of staged “cage matches” and many federations organized friendly matches. Social media groups were abuzz about the prospects of African chess and […]

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Over-the-board (OTB) chess resumes as things are beginning to normalize as far as social interactions are concerned. The COVID-19 virus is still wreaking havoc in parts of the world including India, one of the top chess countries in the world. However, medical authorities have begun loosening restrictions on masks and social distancing for those who […]

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Danielle Little, Young Royalty Chess Academy If it is true that little is sometimes better, Danielle Little has executed a vision that has evolved over her decade of chess activity starting in upstate New York. The Buffalo native started chess as a preteen and almost immediately started engaging in “chess activism.” Last year, Little started […]

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