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Seattle Chess Youth love Officer Cookie!

Officer Denise “Cookie” BouldinPhoto by Joe Dyer With all of the tension that exist between urban youth and the police force, there have been so many suggestions to bridge the gap. There have been meetings with celebrity athletes, summits and other initiatives. There are a number of videos of police officers playing basketball and even […]

African Junior Championships in Togo!

2017 African Junior Chess Championships(Lome, Togo) Togo delegation at the General Assembly in Istanbul, Turkey. Photo by Daaim Shabazz. Togo is a small French-speaking West African nation of 7.6 million and a budding chess nation. The nation has been a member of FIDE since being welcomed at the 2012 FIDE Congress in Istanbul, Turkey. In […]

Everest Tucker, Jr. 1949-2017

It has recently come to my attention that Everest Tucker, Jr. of Farmington, New York had passed away earlier this year in May. We played a couple of times and had a few amicable and lively exchanges online. He had missed a few World Opens and when I saw him in 2006, he told me […]

Egypt’s Bassem Amin breaks 2700!

GM Bassem AminPhoto by Anastasia Kharlovich Africa has its first 2700-rated player in Egypt’s Bassem Amin. It has achieved this landmark before other aspiring geographic regions. The 29-year cut his teeth on Africa continental tournaments and won the 2004 Africa Juniors. He is a four-time African champion (2009, 2013, 2015 and 2017) and recently won […]

DeJesus tops Jones in thrilling Blitz Match 11-10

Jones-DeJesus has the ring of a championship boxing match. After months of fierce trash talk, taunts, diss videos, Daniel X Jones decided to ditch his “Baby-Faced Assassin” label for the more ominous, omnipotent label of “God.” Immediately causing a lot of controversy, he continued with the theme coming to the match with a shirt emblazoned […]

Cage Match! Daniel X Jones vs. Jeff DeJesus

Daniel X Jones vs. Jeff DeJesus After two months, another Cage Match is upon us! Daniel X Jones will take on Jeff DeJesus in a 21-game blitz match at the Chicago Chess Center. After a couple of hotly-contest matches, Jones will take on DeJesus who will be flying in from Houston, Texas for match glory. […]

2017 Jamaica International Chess Festival

Ambassador Dr. Nigel Clarke, Akshat Chandra, Qiyu Zhou, Andrew Holness, the Prime Minister of Jamaica, Akshita Gorti, Awonder Liang, Hon. Olivia “Babsy” Grange, Maurice Ashley. Photo by Peter Myers (Jamaica Chess Federation) The inaugural Jamaican International Chess Festival kicked off on the 13th with a serious schedule of events. The weekend was filled with many […]

Queen of Katwe adjusting to College Life

Five years ago, a book was released titled, “Queen of Katwe.” The book, written by Tim Crothers, received rave reviews. It highlighted the life of a 9-year old Ugandan girl who became enthralled with chess after following her brother to a club meeting. For others it would become a way for a meal, but for […]

The Legacy of Emory Tate continues

International Master Emory TatePhoto by Daaim Shabazz. Two years ago today on October 17th 2015, Emory Andrew Tate, Jr. passed away after being felled by a heart attack at a chess tournament. The world immediately went into mourning and the stories started to flow about his chess adventures. On March 11th, 2015, a biography detailing […]

After 2017 World Cup win, Aronian gets his chance

2 months agoHobbies / Chess : The Chess Drum

Levon Aronian married the ravishing Arianne Caoili on Saturday, October 30th in a very quaint location at the Saghmosavank Monastery in the Aragatsotn Province of Armenia. The couple beamed brightly as shutters were clicking from all angles capturing the special moments. Just a few days earlier Aronian had won the World Cup for the second […]

Carlsson presents, “GM Secrets” webinars

2 months agoHobbies / Chess : The Chess Drum

GM Pontus Carlsson has introduced his webinar series titled, “GM Secrets Revealed.” With more than 20 years of experience as a player and coach, he is marketing his talents to the world market. The webinars are 60 minutes and consists of the GM teaching an actual theme for 45-50 minutes plus 10-15 minutes where the […]

Ashley to host Jamaica Chess Festival!

2 months agoHobbies / Chess : The Chess Drum

GM Maurice Ashley is launching yet another initiative. This time it will be in his home country of Jamaica. In a couple of weeks he will host the 1st Jamaica International Chess Festival. It will feature a number of activities including a tournament with American scholastic stars. The Caribbean seems to be a rite-of-passage for […]

Triple Exclam on “Talking with Authors” podcast

2 months agoHobbies / Chess : The Chess Drum

Publisher: The Chess Drum, LLCRetail Price: $40.00 (full color, hard back) On September 17th, Curtis Anderson spent an hour discussing with Daaim Shabazz, “Triple Exclam: The Life and Games of Emory Tate, Chess Warrior.” Anderson’s “Talking with Authors” podcasts are within a series of interviews of authors of different genres. The hour-long interview also touches […]

2017 World Chess Cup: Finals

2 months agoHobbies / Chess : The Chess Drum

2017 World Chess CupSeptember 2nd-27th, 2017 (Tbilisi, Georgia)FINALS Levon Aronian vs. Ding Liren   Flag 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 pts. Aronian ½ ½ ½ ½ – – – – – – – 2 Ding ½ ½ ½ ½ – – – – – – – 2 Drum Coverage| […]

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

2 months agoHobbies / Chess : The Chess Drum

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

2 months agoHobbies / Chess : The Chess Drum

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!

2 months agoHobbies / Chess : The Chess Drum

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

2 months agoHobbies / Chess : The Chess Drum

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

2 months agoHobbies / Chess : The Chess Drum

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

2 months agoHobbies / Chess : The Chess Drum

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 […]

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