New Orleans' Alfred Carlin safe in Dallas!
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NM Alfred Blake Carlin of New Orleans was awakened at 3:00am with a powerful hurricane bearing down on him. The hurricane, code-named "Katrina," rumbled across the Gulf of Mexico crashing with all of her might into the city known for its seafood and carnival revelry. This hurricane would later level his native New Orleans and submerge parts of the city in 25 feet of water. Fortunately, he was able to scurry out of the city and find refuge in Dallas, Texas with a close family member.

Carlin, a five-time Louisiana state champion, has been a mainstay in the southern chess scene and is well-known. For the past couple of weeks, many chess players were asking the whereabouts of Carlin including many discussion boards featuring fellow players, tournament directors and students. The Chess Drum's
Daaim Shabazz got the good news from Ren Phillips, a hurricane survivor, who has relocated to Philadelphia. Phillips had received the news from a close associate's of Carlin's. Great news!

Note: On September 19th, The Chess Drum's Daaim Shabazz got a call from Alfred Carlin who expressed his heartfelt thanks to those who had concern for his well-being. He is settling in Dallas with his brother and is becoming acclimated.

Posted by The Chess Drum: 10 September 2005