Muhammad  a hit in Peachtree City

Mr. Shankar Raman has certainly added to the wealth of chess activity that seems to be concentrating in Atlanta, Georgia. With an award-winning state magazine, several titled coaches, a strong cadre of chess young players (e.g., Kazim Gulamali and Xiao Cheng), a popular chess camp, a very active chess club and dedicated organizers, Atlanta chess is on the map! Raman along with Cynthia Williams, Metro Chair of sponsoring NCR Alliance, were the hosts.

On Saturday, February 28th, Raman and the NCR Alliance invited IM-elect Stephen Muhammad (right) to Peachtree City Library for a lecture and 20-board simul in conjunction with Black History Month celebrations. Prior to the simul, Muhammad gave another one of his insightful lectures. Raman described it as a "impressive display of various tactical themes," and likened it to a "one hour fun-filled instructional interactive game show." Sounds like a great time was had by all. Next was the simul.

Stephen Muhammad

Muhammad took on 18 players whose ages ranged from ages 7 to 82. According to Raman, Muhammad was given some tough times by several players: Peter Lauzon of East Coweta High School, Sam Uribe of McIntosh High School and Trent Allgood, an adult living in Peachtree City. Nevertheless, Muhammad's experience helped him to an 18-0 whitewashing of the opposition.

The event was a success and what would an Atlanta tournament be without a sweet surprise.
Kay Umeakunne, 2nd Vice-President of the Georgia Chess Association, donated one of her increasingly famous chess cakes which received fulsome praise from the kids… some of whom have previously tasted her delicious creations. Mr. Shankar Raman wishes to thank the staff of the Peachtree City Library for their support, dedication and encouragement.

Atlanta Journal Constitution, "Chess Champ faces Challenge," 26 February 2004.

The Chess Drum, "Peachtree City CC hosts Muhammad Simul!"  19 February 2004.

Posted by The Chess Drum: 9 March 2004