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Black History Reflections for 2018!

Muhammad Ali played chess and was a master of strategy and tactics in the boxing ring. Each year The Chess Drum posts reflections for Black History Month. This year a video was produced with some reflections and contemporary topics. This has already been an interesting year with the release of “Black Panther” and its prospects […]

Davy and Gray… 2018 Jamaican Champions!!

Davy Cops Fourth National Chess Champion Title The 2018 National Chess Championship of Jamaica ended last weekend at the Christar Villas Hotel, with FIDE Master Damion Davy capturing the National Champion title for the Absolute section. This was Davy’s fourth hold on the title, which he won in 2011, jointly in 2012 and 2013. FM […]

Africa Chess releases “Maiden Edition”

Great news! There is another outlet for African news. African Chess released its “maiden edition” with a number of interesting stories including a brief history of Malawian chess and GM Nigel Short’s visit in 2006. It was a watershed moment for the country who joined FIDE a year earlier. Africa Chess is the brainchild of […]

Tremil Anderson, YouTube chess sensation!

Tremil AndersonPhoto by LA Chess Club Sometimes serendipity smacks you in the face. Last night while on Facebook I get a Facebook Live alert from Valerie Idehen that Maurice Ashley was playing blitz in Los Angeles’ Starbucks. I tune in and watch him beat several players with 5:1 odds. That’s not the story unless you’ve […]

The Chess Drum beating for 17th year!

Another year has passed and The Chess Drum is still beating at 17 years. It’s been quite an interesting journey. Things have changed drastically from the times we were reading Informants and MCO to the current times of ChessBase 14, Twitch banter videos and cage matches. During the time of The Chess Drum, I have […]

The Importance of Nakamura’s Trip to South Africa

Before going to Spain in an attempt to defend his Gibraltar titles (2008, 2015, 2016, 2017), GM Hikaru Nakamura traveled to South Africa for a visit and a series of exhibitions. There were a number of videos buzzing around in social media and the visions of over-excited South Africans made it a must-see event. Nakamura […]

Chicago CC to host GM Ramirez

2 months agoHobbies / Chess : The Chess Drum

Blitz Battle!Daniel X Jones vs. GM Alejandro Ramirez The Chicago Chess Club will be hosting their first major event of the year when GM Alejandro Ramirez will be coming to the Windy City for a simultaneous exhibition and a match with Daniel X Jones. Promoter Nathan Jones asserted that the match is the main event, […]

Trump invites Norwegians to the U.S. Is Carlsen coming?

2 months agoHobbies / Chess : The Chess Drum

Prime Minister Erna Solberg and Donald Trumpdays before his infamous remarks.Photo by CNBC President Donald Trump has had a tumultuous tenure in his year in the Oval Office. Constantly dogged by Tweets, off-color comments, contradictions, he was recently blasted for making disparaging comments about Haitians, Nigerians and Africans in general. He recently said if Nigerians […]

2018 Tata Steel Chess (Wijk aan Zee)

2 months agoHobbies / Chess : The Chess Drum

One of the marquee tournaments kicked off today in Wijk ann Zee with the opening of the 80th Tata Steel Chess Tournament. World Champion Magnus Carlsen is coming off of his 2017 Grand Tour win and the recent Blitz title to play in his 14th Tata tournament. He won in 2016 and will be looking […]

Fascinating Fischer video!

2 months agoHobbies / Chess : The Chess Drum

Some years ago, I stumbled onto a Google document featuring a video of Bobby Fischer shortly after he was released from his nine-month imprisonment. I had not seen it on any chess-related website and had been meaning to do a brief on it after some reservations. Fischer had shaven his scraggly beard grown over his […]

Colding releases “Chess for Children”!

2 months agoHobbies / Chess : The Chess Drum

National Master Ernest “Steve” Colding has been a mainstay in New York chess for more than 40 years. He has an affable persona and for the past 30 years has shared his joy of chess with students in the New York area. As one of the original “Black Bears of Chess,” he continues to enjoy […]

Carlsson tours Kenya!

2 months agoHobbies / Chess : The Chess Drum

GM Pontus Carlsson is becoming a regular on the African scene to conduct training sessions. The Swedish national participated in the 2017 Africa Tour visiting Botswana, Namibia and Zambia. The trip, sponsored by the Paul Allen Foundation, was a rousing success and featured other Black chess masters including Maurice Ashley and Kenny Solomon. This visit […]

The Chess Drum’s Highlights of 2017!

2 months agoHobbies / Chess : The Chess Drum

The year 2017 was an interesting year showing that chess is becoming more universal with the steady rise of China and India. Viswanathan Anand is still a force as he won the World Rapid and took 3rd in the World Blitz, a sign that he is still a force to be reckoned with in the […]

“Triple Exclam” wins joint honor for “Best Author”

3 months agoHobbies / Chess : The Chess Drum

Chess Club Live, a large social media organization announced their awards for 2017 via Twitter. There were various categories and followers were asked to vote in several categories. The vote was conducted via Twitter poll and there was a limited window of time. In a year when an number of interesting books have been released, […]

Webster’s New York chess crew makes history

3 months agoHobbies / Chess : The Chess Drum

Four young men from New York have continued their ambitions in chess at Webster University under the tutelage of Grandmaster Susan Polgar and Paul Truong. Shawn Swindell was the first to enter Webster and he also plays on the basketball team. He was followed by FM Joshua Colas and FM Justus Williams last year who […]

Kenneth Clayton, chess pioneer (1938-2017)

3 months agoHobbies / Chess : The Chess Drum

“When an old man dies, a library burns to the ground.” ~ African Proverb The chess world lost another pioneer the other day when National Master Kenneth Roger Clayton passed away on December 26th. The 79-year old Maryland resident was a person of consequence: a scholar, chess master, loving father/husband and scuba diver. He was […]

Revisiting Baraka Shabazz

3 months agoHobbies / Chess : The Chess Drum

Baraka Shabazz at Dupont Circle Recently on Facebook, BJ McCurdy raised a question on the whereabouts of Baraka Shabazz (unrelated to this writer). For the uninitiated, Baraka was a teenage sensation who experienced a meteoric rise in the late 70s. She was the subject of many articles and enthralled a mass media audience. Her story […]

Will there be a FIDE election in 2018??

3 months agoHobbies / Chess : The Chess Drum

The chess horizon has been quiet since capping off a busy year with the Grand Chess Tour. Last week, I started wondering about 2018 chess year. Apart from the Alpha Zero buzz and the firestorm over the World Championship logo, there hasn’t been much in the way of chess news. What is also very strange […]

2018 WCC logo design creates firestorm

3 months agoHobbies / Chess : The Chess Drum

We’ve all heard the numerous puns concerning chess. They dot the tournament halls on t-shirts and many are very catchy and humorous. In this season, we will hear blitz players sing any number of holiday songs adapted for chess. Instead of “chestnuts roasting on a open fire,” my high school coach used to sing “backward […]

Deborah Richards-Porter at 2017 Zonals!

3 months agoHobbies / Chess : The Chess Drum

Deborah Richards-PorterPhoto by Jamaica Chess Federation Jamaica’s WIM Deborah Richards-Porter played fantastic Chess, winning three of her last four games to end on a bang at the Women’s Zonals in El Salvador. Her final score of 5½ points was good enough for 4th position, 5 places ahead of her starting rank. She narrowly missed qualifying […]

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