2008 Amber Blindfold/Rapid
Big guns travel to Nice, France to compete in the 2008 Amber Blindfold and Rapid tournament. Primarily the same permutation of players as in Corus and Linares, these players are playing in the luxurious the Palais de la Mediterranée which is five-star accommodations. Videos from the Official site: https://www.amberchess2008.comGames (ChessBase…Read More »
HHCF’s “Life Stategies” rouses O’Connell H.S.!
Adisa Banjoko was welcomed to a full gymnasium by the students at O’Connell high school in San Francisco. The panel included: Immortal Technique, JT the Bigga Figga and DLabrie (artist of “Vote for Barack“). Immortal Technique, an Afro-Peruvian raised in Harlem, spoke of poor decisions he made which landed him…Read More »
Hip-Hop Chess panel on March 11th!
March 8th 2008, San Francisco, CA- The Hip-Hop Chess Federation (HHCF) is proud to announce that Adisa Banjoko, Chief Executive Officer, will host a panel discussion on “Chess and Life Strategies”. The panel featuring rappers Immortal Technique, San Quinn and Hip-Hop Congress Director DLabrie will be held at O’Connell High…Read More »
Agony of Defeat!
Following the 2008 Linares tournament, I watched the Ivanchuk-Aronian video with a bit of pity. Ivanchuk is one of the world’s top players and needs no pity, but when one blunders in a chess game, it is a crushing blow and you can’t help but to empathize. I remember reading…Read More »
Linares, Aeroflot, Capelle LaGrande!!
The title is not some catchy phrase, but it does describe the names of three top tournaments in progress in Mexico, Moscow and France. Lots of heated chess action! Viswanathan Anand enroute to defeating Magnus Carlsen Moreilia, Mexico (Linares SuperGM XXV) Linares SuperGM XXV (Morelia, Mexico & Linares, Spain) The…Read More »
The Chess Drum turns 7!
It all started with the page on the right. A crude banner, a few news stories, ugly diagrams, BUT a lot of good intentions. Seven years later, The Chess Drum has grown… and grown… and grown. Now at 6000 pages, the site has become a recognizable member of the chess…Read More »
Peace Flags… Kenya
Alex Makatia and Issac Babu Odiah (both of Kenya) at 2004 Chess Olympiad (Mallorca, Spain). Photo by Daaim Shabazz. As you all know, the country of Kenya is gripped in a tragic crisis. While not going into specific details, the nation is literally being torn asunder. Kenya, one of Africa’s…Read More »
2008 Corus ends… Aronian, Carlsen on top!
Viswanathan Anand and Vladimir Kramnik in a stirring finale. Look for more of these battles in the World Championship match! Photo © Michiel Abeln. Lev Aronian and Magnus Carlsen both scored stirring performances to win 2008 Corus. Ironically, Aronian lost only to Vladimir Kramnik while Carlsen put a dent in…Read More »
Topalov uncorks brilliancy at Corus!
Veselin Topalov and Vladimir Kramnik prepare for battle! Photo by ChessBase.com. In the light of the Short-Cheparinov controversy, there was much speculation about the Topalov-Kramnik game at Corus today. Cheparinov lost the delayed game to Short who claimed “moral victory” and smuggly stated, “There is a God and he is…Read More »
Short-Cheparinov Controversy @ Corus!!
CONTROVERSY!! Bulgarian Grandmaster Ivan Cheparinov was initially forfeited for not shaking hands with England’s Nigel Short. Case Short came to the board, and with his opponent absent, he played the move 1.e4, and walked away. A few minutes later, Cheparinov came to the board, sat down, and played 1…c5. As…Read More »