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Reflections of the Millionaire Chess Open

Since the Millionaire Chess Open ended, I have read several accounts of the historic event. Most were favorable; some were mixed; some were critical. As is custom in my coverage of major tournaments The Chess Drum covers live, I do a reflections piece. It recounts my overall experiences along with an assessment on some specifics. […]

Wesley So wins 1st Millionaire Open!!

Wesley So wins 1st Millionaire Open and $100,000!! Amy Lee and Maurice Ashley present a triumphant Wesley So with the winner’s check.Photo by Paul Truong. GM Wesley So told The Chess Drum that he was skeptical about the tournament a month ago, but decided to play at the urging of Webster coach Susan Polgar. He […]

FIDE’s African Problem

Last month, the world’s marquee tournament ended with record attendance of 174 nations including a record 34 from Africa. While I am not certain when the first African federation joined FIDE, nations from this continent have been participating in international competitions for decades. In fact, the Africans are usually conspicuous with their colorful uniforms and […]

Ashley interview on Millionaire Chess, Part 3

2 months agoHobbies / Chess : The Chess Drum

“The event has exploded on the public consciousness!”~ GM Maurice Ashley ~ The excitement is reaching a crescendo and will reach the ultimate climax on October 9th when the Millionaire Chess Open will begin. GM Maurice Ashley is ecstatic about the progress of the tournament and wants to raise the profile of chess. GM Maurice […]

Relections on Tromso Olympiad

2 months agoHobbies / Chess : The Chess Drum

Every two years, FIDE hosts the Olympiad with a chief organizing body. It is like no other tournament, so generally no expense is spared to make it successful. Most everyone was anticipating the Tromso Olympiad in the idyllic and quaint city. Besides it is the home country of World Champion Magnus Carlsen, so it was […]

Drum Interviews @ ’14 Olympiad

2 months agoHobbies / Chess : The Chess Drum

The Olympiad is the biennial chess festival attracting players, delegates and enthusiasts far and wide. Its beauty lies in the fact that all of the chess federations have arrived at the venue in many different ways… and in some cases for the first time. The 2014 Olympiad broke a record for entrants with 174 federations […]

Josh Colas @ 2014 Denker

3 months agoHobbies / Chess : The Chess Drum

Josh and Guy Colas after 2014 Denker.Photo by Daaim Shabazz. Josh Colas has had many successes in his tournament career, but he has had a rough going lately. With two subpar results in the U.S. Junior Closed and the Cadet Championship, he entered the Denker Tournament hoping to make an impact. Leading late in the […]

Birdchick Podcast #148: Bird Poisons, Ravens, Feed the Bears

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. Feed the bears.

Birthday Tribute to Julie

Happy birthday to Julie! Who is, among other things... A wonderful, loving Mom A mother to thousands of baby birds A science chimp An amazing artist An enthralling writer An Internet phenom A writer of irresistible songs And fantastic...Show More Summary

Meeting Walter Harris, Chess Pioneer

3 months agoHobbies / Chess : The Chess Drum

Finally meeting the legendary Walter Harris at 2014 World Open! Walter Harris is someone that the chess world may not know of, but those who have followed stories of The Chess Drum realize his importance in the annals of chess history. Harris, 72, is the first player of African descent to earn the title of […]

How To Catch Chess Cheaters

How To Catch A Chess CheaterJune 21, 2014 7:58 AM ETWeekend Edition Saturday - NPR3 min 58 secDownloadKen Regan could be called a chess detective. NPR's Scott Simon talks to the computer scientist and chess master whose algorithm reveals whether players are cheating at the game.SCOTT SIMON, HOST:Ken Regan is a kind of chess detective. Show More Summary

FIDE Election Rumble in “Gabon-Gate”

4 months agoHobbies / Chess : The Chess Drum

BREAKING NEWS! Gabon made headlines at The Chess Drum after being involved in a “zero tolerance” controversy involving the late Jean-Pierre Moulain at the 2008 Olympiad in Dresden. Moulain was on 8.5/10 when he was accused of not being present at the board against a winless player from the U.S. Virgin Islands. They awarded the […]

Vinyl Cafe - "Bones of the Bass"

5 months agoHobbies / Fishing : Moldy Chum

Dave accompanies his neighbour Carl Lowbeer on a fishing trip. Originally broadcast: July 8th, 2011. Fast forward to the 26 minute mark. LINK

Millionaire Chess… “Spread the Word”

5 months agoHobbies / Chess : The Chess Drum

Millionaire Chess Open stands to be one of the most memorable tournaments in U.S. history. Grandmaster Maurice Ashley has been on record as saying that this tournament could very well change the face of chess in America. The Chess Drum has had interviews (#1 and #2) with Ashley and he has clarified some of the […]

Latest Ashley interview on Millionaire Chess!

6 months agoHobbies / Chess : The Chess Drum

“We’ve got stuff planned for chess players that they’ve never seen!” With The Millionaire Chess Open being only five months away, The Chess Drum interviewed GM Maurice Ashley yesterday for the first time since making the decision to continue with the thrust to hold the Millionaire Chess Open. The Chess Drum also conducted an interview […]

Millionaire Chess Information Center

7 months agoHobbies / Chess : The Chess Drum

Below is a collection of information about the Millionaire Chess Open to be held in October. It is a one-stop information center for everything you need to know about the historic tournament! There is also discussion about the event at various links. Join the Millionaire Chess team to make this event a reality! Millionaire Chess […]

16 days for Millionaire Chess push!

7 months agoHobbies / Chess : The Chess Drum

“Chess players have the power!”~GM Maurice Ashley~ Back in December, Grandmaster Maurice Ashley made an appeal for the chess public to invest in the future of chess. This investment would go toward helping to change the face of chess tournaments under the name “Millionaire Chess“. As we have said from the start, chess players have […]

HHCF’s “Mind Over Matter” Panel rocks!

8 months agoHobbies / Chess : The Chess Drum

Emelio Rivera speakingduring the ‘Mind Over Matter’ panel. “Mind Over Matter” was the theme of the Hip Hop Chess Federation’s weekend of events which included an intriguing panel discussion. HHCF activities were held concurrent with the KO Finisher jiu jitsu tournament. RZA was the defending champions after winning his title in the inaugural tournament in […]

Drum interviews Ashley on Millionaire Chess

8 months agoHobbies / Chess : The Chess Drum

The Chess Drum conducted an interview with GM Maurice Ashley concerning the Millionaire Chess Open. The tournament earned its moniker due to its $1,000,000 prize fund and is scheduled to take place in the electric atmosphere that Las Vegas offers. GM Ashley at the site of the Millionaire Chess Open! However, the tournament has created […]

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