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2017 World Cup Final Four… big guns locked and loaded!

2017 World Chess CupSeptember 2nd-27th, 2017 (Tbilisi, Georgia)SEMI-FINALS Levon Aronian vs. Maxime Vachier-Lagrave Wesley So vs. Ding Liren Drum Coverage| Round 1 | Round 2 | Round 3 | Round 4 | Round 5 || Semifinals | Finals | Photos by Maria Emelianova (, Anastasia Kharlovich (, Lennart Ootes. 2017 World Cup Final Four… big […]

Netherlands’ Sebastian Halfhide marking a mark

Sebastian Halfhide at 2015 Groningen OpenPhoto by Harry Gielen( The Netherlands is one such country that has a sizeable segment of its population from Asia, Africa and the Caribbean. Another significant group of migrants come from Suriname, a Dutch-speaking country that lies in northern part of South America. Show More Summary

FM Shane Matthews win Jamaican Seniors!

FM Shane Matthews When the curtains came down on the 2017 Jamaica Seniors and Veterans Championships (William Roper Memorial trophies) on Sunday, August 20 at the Jamaica Olympic Association there was a new Jamaica Veterans Champion. Seven-time Jamaica (Absolute) Champion and favourite FM Shane “The Magician” Matthews notched 7 points from a possible 8 (with […]

Martinez rallies, beats Jones 8-6 in NYC-CHI blitz

Brooklyn Master Shawn Martinez had mentioned that he battled with Daniel X Jones years ago. Martinez said that he got the better of Jones, who was rated 1700 at the time. Since then Jones has gotten noticeably stronger and is helping to lead a movement of team blitz chess. Coming off of a win against […]

Blitz Battles in the Brooklyn! New York vs. Chicago

Get ready… two legendary cities… two gladiators… one winner! Shawn Martinez vs. Daniel X Jones Video by Johnny Strapp The time has arrived. After months of banter and trashtalk, this evening will mark a hotly-contest blitz battle featuring two marquee cities. Chicago Chess Blitzers, who are sponsored by the Chicago Chess Club, have begun the […]

Oquendo is 2017 Florida Champ

FM Jorge Oquendo2017 Florida State Champion Jacksonville lies at the northern tip of the state of Florida in the eastern corner. It is two hours from the capitol city of Tallahassee, but eight hours from Miami. So when the Florida State Championship was hosted, many players chose not to make the long trek northward. Despite […]

2017 World Chess Cup (Tblisi, Georgia)

Let the Games Begin! Tbilisi Mayor Davit Narmania, First Deputy Minister of Sports and Youth Affairs Akaki Lodia, Director of Organizing Committee of the 2018 World Chess Olympiad and President of European Chess Union Zurab Azmaiparashvili,...Show More Summary

Drum Interviews @ St. Louis 2017 Rapid & Blitz

Drum Interviews @ St. Louis 2017 Rapid & Blitz The inaugural event was launched in St. Louis on the tailend of the 2017 Sinquefield Cup won by Maxime Vachier-Lagrave. It is hard to top such a strong field, but the intrigue was heightened when the 13th World Champion decided to play in the Grand Chess […]

Chicago vs. NYC blitz will be epic!

New York and Chicago are two iconic cities and compete for top billing for best museums, best basketball players, best pizza, best entertainment and most storied sports history. In sports, both cities have supreme trash-talking pedigree and have brought home multiple championships. The New York Yankees have won 27 Major League Baseball championships and the […]

Egypt’s Adham Fawzy slays Modern Defense

IM Adham Fawzy has flown underneath the radar, but is primarily known as a representative of Egypt in continental events. He is following the path of many prodigies such as Bassem Amin and before him Ahmed Adly. The 17-year old International Master recently shined in the Abu Dhabi International tournament in a scintillating game versus […]

“Why We Play”… Documentary on Detroit Chess

National Master John BrooksPhoto by Daaim Shabazz Detroit is known as the “Motor City” because of its massive car industry, but it is a city also known for its musical pedigree, notably Motown Records. It is also known as a hard-scrabble city with enough pride to challenge other blue-collar Midwestern cities in neighboring states like […]

Reflections of 2017 St. Louis Rapid/Blitz

Since the inception of The Chess Drum, I have written on hundreds of events. However one of the most rewarding experiences is to cover an event live. Being present gives access to the excitement in the atmosphere, the away-from-the-board drama and the personal interactions with players. It is one of the the factors that make […]

Kasparov’s return ignites, but Aronian shines

Levon Aronian holding the cup of the inaugural St. Louis Rapid and Blitz.Photo by Maria Emelianova Garry Kasparov made at long-awaited return occurred in St. Louis as part of the 2017 Grand Prix Tour. Media organizations around the world were excited and fans were buzzing in social media. In the end, Kasparov contended that it […]

MVL is the MVP in Sinquefield 2017!

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave has had mixed results in the past year. In last year’s Sinquefield Cup, MVL, as he is known, was second in the world with a 2819 ELO and top seed. He finished on 50% and it started a string of mediocre results. Coming into the 2017 edition of the Sinquefield Cup, he would […]

“Hip Hop Chess Day” in the Bronx

Jerald Times has been shuffling around the chess world for decades. He is known more as a coach than a player, but he has recently launched a new initiative with his inaugural “Hip Hop Chess Day” in the Bronx. Hip hop heads will know that the Bronx is where the roots of hip hop sprouted […]

Chicago crushes Cleveland 293-147 in ‘Midwest Showdown’

Team Captains: Tichawona Tony Troy (Cleveland) and Daniel X Jones (Chicago). Photo by Tichawona Tony Troy The “Best in the Midwest” rivalry continues to brew as the Chicago Chess Blitzers travels six hours (one way) to Cleveland to take on the Heavy Hitters at Case Western University. The event was designed to be a 15-players […]

2017 Sinquefield Cup (St. Louis, USA)

2 months agoHobbies / Chess : The Chess Drum

Blazing trails lead to St. Louis, the self-proclaimed “capital of chess” to host to 2017 Sinquefield Cup. As part of the third of five events of the Grand Chess Tour, it is a chance for players to ground on tour leader and World Champion Magnus Carlsen. According to tournament organizers… The 2017 Sinquefield Cup is […]

Daniel X Jones… Chicago’s Chess Warrior

2 months agoHobbies / Chess : The Chess Drum

Daniel X Jones with wife ZoraidaPhoto by Daniel X Jones Daniel X Jones has been a catalyst for chess on the south side of Chicago. While operating a martial arts dojo, he also hosts chess events to ignite enthusiasm that has been dormant for the past decade. He is also one of the members of […]

Blitz Rivalry on Tap! Chicago vs. Cleveland

2 months agoHobbies / Chess : The Chess Drum

The chess community is still buzzing after the Chicago-Memphis match and a number of videos of blitz battles have circulated around social media. A lot of inter-city trash-talking and sharp-witted banter has been bounced around and the result is the second team blitz match featuring Cleveland and Chicago. There was even a scouting visit by […]

Amin tops Africa, Lake Sevan… closing on 2700

2 months agoHobbies / Chess : The Chess Drum

Since 2004 winning the African Juniors and earning the IM title and winning the following year, Bassem Amin has been on a steady track to become the strongest player in Egypt. He now has a chance to make history by being the first player of the African continent to make the iconic 2700 ELO mark. […]

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