The 2022 Reykjavik Open

The 2022 Reykjavik Open got underway on April 6, with 245 competitors from thirty-nine countries, including twenty-two Grandmasters. Four players are from Canada, including one of Chess Institute of Canada’s very own instructors, National

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Black Prominence in Contemporary Chess

Leaders in the Black chess community worldwide, from Theophilus Thompson to Phiona Mutesi, have paved the way for true development and recognition in the chess world. As a result, this culminated in producing the

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Black History Month Profile: Emory Tate

Emory Tate was born in 1958 in Chicago, Illinois. An unconventional genius, Tate learned chess early in life and was linguistically gifted. He was adept in a number of languages, and fluent in Spanish

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The History of Chess in Africa

It is widely accepted that chess has its origins in the ancient Indian game of chaturanga some fifteen hundred years ago. What is often ignored is the significant role that Africans have played in

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Black history is chess history!

To celebrate Black History Month 2022, we’re putting together a series of articles about the history of chess in Africa and ongoing contributions from the wider Black diaspora, including profiles of great Black chess players and research

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