Tournaments

  • 12th All-Africa Games: Mixed Rapid-Day 1

    Games off to a sizzling start There are not enough superlatives to describe the organization of the 12th All-Africa Games thus far. Mehul Gohil of Kenya gave the event full marks and sent loads of photos showing the excellent conditions. “Maputo in 2011 was wonderful. This is even better,” he…

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  • 12th All-Africa Games (Rabat, Morocco)

    The 12th All-Africa Games started in Morocco on the 19th of August with the Opening Ceremonies. The quadrennial games will be held in several cities and feature 301 events in 26 sports. All fifty-four nations are participating. The official site gives some history. First organized in 1965 in Brazzaville, the…

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  • John Fedorowicz chats with The Chess Drum

    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…

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  • Nyzhnyk wins 2019 U.S. Open!

    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…

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  • Playing Chess to Death

    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…

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  • 2019 U.S. Chess Open (Orlando, Florida)

    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…

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  • Egypt’s Adly, Wafa are 2019 African Champions!

    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…

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  • 2019 African Championships: Round #9

    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…

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  • 2019 African Championships: Round #8

    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…

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  • 2019 African Championships: Round #7

    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…

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