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The Wilbert Paige Memorial Chess Tournament was a historic event that gained worldwide attention as ten masters of African descent gathered for the first tournament of its kind. Played in historic Harlem, the tournament was named in honor of NM Wilbert Paige, a Philadelphia Master possessing a deep passion for chess. Dr. Jones Murphy, Jr. […]

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The 2nd Harlem Renaissance!!All photos Daaim Shabazz (The Chess Drum) On the 13 July 2001, 10 players of African descent traveled to historic Harlem to help fulfill a dream for many. The Wilbert Paige Memorial tournament, which had been conceived months earlier by Dr. Jones Murphy Jr. and put together largely by the efforts of […]

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Wilbert Paige Memorial(14-23rd of July 2001, Harlem NY, Hotel Theresa) Round #9 Tuesday, 23 July 2001) Pre-game analysis: The heat is on for two players in the penultimate round of the Wilbert Paige Memorial tournament! Both FM William “The Exterminator” Morrison and NM Norman “Pete” Rogers will have to come through in the clutch to […]

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Wilbert Paige Memorial(14-23rd of July 2001, Harlem NY, Hotel Theresa) Round #8 (Monday, 22 July 2001) Exchanging and getting autographs… classic moment!Bob Ali getting autograph from Amon Simutowe Wilbert Paige Memorial players and commentators. Seated (L-R) IM Amon Simutowe, NM Grace Nsubuga, GM Maurice Ashley (commentator), FM Ronald Simpson, IM Michael Schleifer, FM Stephen Muhammad. […]

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Wilbert Paige Memorial(14-23rd of July 2001, Harlem NY, Hotel Theresa) Round #7 (Sunday, 21 July 2001) IM Oladapo Adu of Nigeria visiting the tournament from Maryland and chatting with IM Amon Simutowe Pre-game analysis: Play resumes after the rest day taken on the 20th. Solomon needs a win to keep his IM norm hopes alive, […]

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Wilbert Paige Memorial(14-23rd of July 2001, Harlem NY, Hotel Theresa) Round #6 (Thursday, 19 July 2001) Pre-game analysis: Rogers came off of an exciting draw and will attempt to keep his norm hopes alive against the winless Colding. Colding had chances against Morrison, but little else has gone his way this tournament… he’s a much […]

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Wilbert Paige Memorial(14-23rd of July 2001, Harlem NY, Hotel Theresa) Round #5 (Wednesday, 18 July 2001) Pre-game analysis: Interesting matchups. Ernest “Steve” Colding, the proprietor of a new chess club in Brooklyn has been shut out of the win column, but don’t write him out of this matchup. Kobese of course, is a super-solid player […]

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Wilbert Paige Memorial(14-23rd of July 2001, Harlem NY, Hotel Theresa) Round #4 (Tuesday, 17 July 2001) Pre-game analysis: Colding will get his second “Black Bear” in a row. These two native New Yorkers have been playing chess together since their youth, but the friendship will end at the board. Both Colding and Morrison will press […]

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Wilbert Paige Memorial(14-23rd of July 2001, Harlem NY, Hotel Theresa) Round #3 (Monday, 16 July 2001) Pre-game analysis: Simpson-Colding features an old “Black Bear” matchup which should produce some fireworks. Both players are tactical and know each other style’s very well. Look for an exciting battle. Kobese-Simutowe features the “old” and “new” African champions. Both […]

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Wilbert Paige Memorial(14-23rd of July 2001, Harlem NY, Hotel Theresa) Round #2 (Sunday, 15 July 2001) Pre-game analysis: Look for Colding to rebound from a tough loss to Muhammad. In that game, Steve wasn’t allowed to play the type of tactical game he enjoys, but must be careful not to overextend against Nsubuga, a super-solid […]

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