WIM-elect Sabrina ChevannesPhoto by WIM Ioana Smaranda Padurariu. WFM Sabrina Chevannes was on tour this summer in the U.S. and capped off her visit by attending the historic Sinquefield Cup in St. Louis. Prior to that she had visited Susan Polgar’s Webster Academy, stopped by the iconic and famed Marshall Chess Club, trekked across the […]
After I interviewed Dirk Jan ten Guezendam at the Sinquefield Cup, I gained perhaps another level of appreciation for its history. Starting out as local Dutch magazine it has morphed into a world-class publication. A few years back, the magazine has unfurled a new image with a bold, color format and has never looked back. […]
The 2013 Sinquefield Cup was certainly a history event and set a high bar for supertournaments in the U.S. Billed as the “strongest chess tournament ever” on American soil, the event brought the world’s top two players and America’s top two players in the same field. Fans and journalists traveled from far and wide to […]
After spotting the Cassin’s Finch (Carpodacus cassinii) pair above a couple of weeks ago at Lassen Volcanic National Park, I thought I...
Kestrels swallowing big things. House sparrow brick…house. Story from AgWeek about bird pest control…and the even more disturbing US Fish research on secondary poisoning. “De-extincting” the passenger pigeon. Link about Lynn Rogers “bear researcher.” Did this raven ask for help? Foie Grois article. Show More Summary
Tonight, as my sweet little one snuggled into me tighter than usual, afflicted by a 102-degree fever, I sang her favorite lullabye to her. And she joined in. She knows every word, and tonight she sang a some of them,...
Dr. Kwame Nkrumah Ghana is a place that many decide to choose for their initial visit to Africa. The reasons are many, but typically Ghana has a intricate blend of qualities that make it a very lovable place… the energy and happiness of the people is perhaps the most noted. Ghana is also a very [...]
Learning bird calls is essential to improve your bird watching skills. But sometimes it’s not a matter of learning different...
St. Louis was settled by Pierre Laclède and Auguste Chouteau and named after French king Saint Louis, this city of 318,000 is known for its baseball and the iconic Gateway Arch. It is also a place of childhood memories for me. When by parents drove to East St. Louis, Illinois (across the bridge from St. [...]
National Championships generally bring together the country’s top players and thus a diverse collection of personalities. The 2013 U.S. Chess Championship had a nice mixture of veterans and youth to make the tournament interesting from beginning to end. The Chess Drum conducted the following interviews during the Championship. GM Fidel Corrales Jiminez – This Cuban [...]
On the rest day of the 2013 U.S. Chess Championship, players, U.S. Championship commentators and staff from the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis (CCSCSL) visited the Innovative Concept Academy (1927 Cass Avenue) to attend an exhibition hosted by Adisa Banjoko’s Hip Hop Chess Federation (HHCF) called “Living the Game: The Powerful Fusion [...]
On my recent trip, I was surprised when a friend asked me if I had heard of Webster University and their chess coach, a woman from “somewhere in Eastern Europe.” In fact, I had just read the Chess Life article about the Pan-Am Intercollegiate tournament only a couple days earlier. The CL article was my [...]
Yesterday involved a 1.5 hour checkout with a flight instructor at Toronto Airways. It had been 8 months (damn, time flies) since I was last up in the air. Toronto Airways has changed their checkout policy for the better. Checkouts now involve 0.5 hours of ground briefing plus 1 hour in the air. Show More Summary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Meko Gaborski 888-588-4418 email@example.com Rapper T-KASH Runs Marathon at Oakland Running Festival for the Cause of Non-violence & Education; T-KASH Drops Song I Run The Bay feat. Adisa Banjoko to Promote Mind & Body Balance March 6th 2013, Oakland, CA- The Hip-Hop Chess Federation (HHCF) is proud to announce that it [...]
Live at the Lone Star Cafe, New York; February 8, 1986 (late show). Very good to excellent soundboard.
Editor’s Note On December 11, 2012, I published an article on this website highlighting portions of a letter written by Steve Alder of Idaho for [...]
The Northwest’s declining salmon runs have spurred marathon legal battles and inspired billions in spending to save the iconic species. But Idaho’s coho salmon were never listed as endangered before they went extinct in 1987. Very few people noticed when the fish were gone. Show More Summary
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN 6th Annual Stand Up For Heroes Benefit 2012 Live at the Beacon Theatre New York, NY; November 8, 2012. Mono soundboard.