This is a special interview with the famous International Chess Arbiter Andrzej Filipowicz. In this interview (January 26, 2014 in Lausanne, Switzerland), he talked for the 1st time on the record about one of the most outrageous chess political decisions in history.
FIDE, under late President Campomanes, made a shocking decision by giving every female chess player in the world an extra 100 rating points except Susan Polgar to take away her world #1 ranking.
The reason? Because she wanted to compete against the best male players in the world instead of against just women. In spite of this deliberate attempt to force her to change course, she still made history by becoming the first woman ever to earn the Men's Grandmaster title via tournament play in January 1991.
It took one woman with a big dream and courage to fight the system, to prove the chess world wrong, and to pave the road for female chess players worldwide. Today, over 30 women have the Men's Grandmaster title.
Super-GM Grischuk: Crushing The Sicilian Defense Posted on March 10,2014 By GM Damian Lemos in General Chess Articles. The Sicilian Defense is one of the most dangerous chess openings that black can employ against 1. e4 as the resulting middlegame positions are usually very dynamic and double-edged. In this chess video excerpt from the Empire Chess DVD ¨Grandmaster Secrets - Alexander Grischuk¨ Grandmaster Damian Lemos takes a detailed look at a hyper-aggressive set-up for white against the Paulsen Variation of the Sicilian Defense, specifically the Taimanov Vari[...]
Crushing the Nimzo-Indian Defense - Analysis by GM Damian Lemos Posted on March 03,2014 By GM Damian Lemos in Chess Openings, All Articles w/ Videos, Classic Games (Pre 2010), General Chess Articles. The Nimzo-Indian Defense is a tough chess opening to crack as black is able to establish a very strong bind in the center on the light-squares. However in this chess video, Grandmaster Damian Lemos analyzes a dominant win by Super-GM Vassily Ivanchuk over GM Alexander Graf. Ivanchuk is able to create instant pressure in the center with rapid development of his queenside pieces, however this leaves him seriously behind in development on the kingsi[...]
Crash Test Chess with GM Simon Williams Posted on February 24,2014 By William in Strategy & Game Review, All Articles w/ Videos, Classic Games (Pre 2010). The below chess video is an excerpt from the chess DVD ¨Crash Test Chess 2¨ featuring Grandmaster Simon Williams, a well-known British Grandmaster with over 10 years of chess teaching experience. Viewers will learn about advanced chess strategy as GM Simon Williams dissects a classic encounter between Aaron Nimzowitsch vs Akiba Rubinstein in Dresden 1926. White emerges from the opening with an advantage due to better developed and coordinated pie[...]
Winning with the King's Indian Defense by GM Simon Williams Posted on February 20,2014 By William in Strategy & Game Review, All Articles w/ Videos, Classic Games (Pre 2010). In this chess video excerpt from the chess dvd ¨Crash Test Chess 1¨ by GM Simon Williams, viewers will learn how to develop the initiative as the British Grandmaster explains a very impressive victory over chess legend GM Victor Korchnoi. GM Williams is an extremely effective presenter as he combines a fast-paced and entertaining style of teaching with appropriate dedication to explaining more complicated concepts. This chess video is perfect for[...]
1. GM Le Quang Liem VIE 2709 (member of the Webster U SPICE team) 2. GM Ni Hua CHN 2658 3. GM Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son VIE 2613 4. GM Zhang Zhong SIN 2600 5. GM Lu Shanglei CHN 2558 6. GM Gomez John Paul PHI 2534 7. GM Dao Thien Hai VIE 2508 8. GM Shyam Sundar M. IND 2507 9. IM Nguyen Duc Hoa VIE 2496 10. IM Nguyen Huynh Minh Huy VIE 2476 11. IM Diu Viacheslav RUS 2474 12. GM Nguyen Anh Dung VIE 2469 13. IM Kuderinov Kirill KAZ 2454 14. WGM Kashlinskaya Alina RUS 2440 15. GM Tu Hoang Thong VIE 2434 16. IM Shyam Nikil P. IND 2431 17. IM Nguyen Van Huy VIE 2414 18. IM Prasanna Raghuram Rao IND 2410 19. IM Wynn Zaw Htun MYA 2408 20. IM Yap Kim Steven PHI 2407
Ssegwannyi Stars as Uganda wins Chess "Battle of Migingo" MARCH 10 WRITTEN BY DAVID ISABIRYE PUBLISHED IN CHESS
Uganda’s National Chess team outwitted Nairobi Chess Club 12-4 after four gruelling rounds over the weekend (March 8-9 2014) in Nairobi, Kenya in what has over the last three years been dubbed “Battle for Migingo”.
Uganda’s team that comprised of Arthur Ssegwanyi, FM Harold Wanyama, CM Patrick Kawuma and Walter Okas had the better of their Kenyan counterparts whose NCC team had Kenya’s National Champion Ben Magana, Mehul Gohil, Peter Gilruth and Brian Kidula.
The first round played on Saturday morning (March 8 2014) ended in a 2-2 draw, in the second round Uganda won 3.5-0.5, then won 3-1 in the third round and the score was 3.5-0.5 in Uganda’s favor in the last round.
Ssegwanyi was the best player on the Ugandan team winning all his four games against Gilruth, Mehul, Magana and Kidula, unrated Okas also did very well winning three and only drawing one against Magana.
This puts Okas who already has 8 rated games from the recent Rwabushenyi Memorial Chess Championship on course for his first international rating as the event in Kenya was also a rated tournament.
Patrick Kawuma won three and lost one to Mehul while FM Wanyama had an unusually difficult time that could cost him some valuable rating points after winning one against unrated Kidula, drawing the other with Gilruth and losing two to lower rated players in Magana and Mehul.
The Ugandan team returns to Kampala today after successfully defending the title for the third year running.
The annual event helps improve on international rating points for players in the region and fosters friendship and cooperation among the two countries.
UCF is grateful to Nairobi Chess Club for hosting this year’s event and taking good care of the Ugandan team. Uganda is expected to reciprocate the gesture next year in Kampala.
RANK is a riveting new scripted television drama series interlacing chess, gambling, and a diverse Los Angeles demographic.
RANK is an American chess drama television series set and produced in and around Los Angeles, California.
This Kickstarter campaign will fund the filming of RANK, Season 1, Episode 1- Pilot- Poison Pawn
Created and written by filmmaker and chess player Tonya Michelle, the series hopes to find a home on a premium cable network channel. RANK aspires to eventually air 13 episodes per season.
Each season of RANK introduces a different facet of the city of Los Angeles.
Rank, Season 1 introduces the Ladera Heights chess crew, and the heavy gambling/debt plaguing their community. The ensemble cast will consist primarily of ethnically diverse character actors. Despite its presentation as a chess drama, RANK is really about the complexities of America, and how we interact and live together. The games on the chessboard will often mirror the life lessons that each of the characters will have to come to grips with week after week on the show. Whether one is an engineer, a financial planner, a former pimp, a television executive, or an ex-con, all are ultimately compromised and must contend with whatever moves they've made in the past.
SYNOPSIS - Pilot Episode, POISON PAWN
The series opening of RANK is the Pilot Episode, POISON PAWN. The episode opens with two Chess Masters, Yawo – a 27 year old, Af- Am male, that dresses impeccably- and Junie – a 50 year old Filipino male with a rugged face- playing a series of “blitz” chess games at the Starbucks in Ladera Heights. At a 100.00 dollars per game, the stakes are high. Other chess players stand around watching with all the intensity of a boxing match between Ali and Frazier.
Thembi Grace – a 30 year old Af- Am female television executive- walks in to Starbucks and is instantly intercepted by Darcy – a 42 year old Af- Am financial planner/chess player. He proceeds to probe her about her relationship status with Isoul – a 45 year old former hustler, turned oil refinery engineer. Thembi shares with Darcy that she and Isoul broke up and have not spoken in 22 days. She tells him that it’s over, but that she knows Isoul still loves her. Darcy interjects and tells Thembi that he doesn’t believe that Isoul ever loved her, and that he was cheating on her the entire time they were together. Thembi is incredulous, and tells Darcy that she plans on confronting Isoul. Darcy emphatically begs Thembi to keep his name out of it. Thembi leaves out of Starbucks, pissed and hurt.
Meanwhile, Wacko – a 40 year old Af-Am male, former gangbanger-, Cheddar – a 35 year old Af- Am male, former Soul Train Dancer-, Cleo – a handsome 25 year old weed head-, and Do Nothing – A 30 year old white homeless male- are playing dominos on the Starbucks patio when they spot Kansas – a 60 year old Af- Am male former pimp/hustler- walking to his car in the parking lot. Wacko calls out to Kansas because he still owes him money for gambling on the FIDE World Chess Championship between Magnus Carlsen and Viswanathan Anand that took place over the course of 10 games in Chennai, India. Kansas bet on Anand, thinking that age would triumph over youth. He is now 5,000 dollars in the hole to Wacko. Kansas waves Wacko off, and gets in his car and drives off. Wacko takes notice, but continues playing dominos.
Later that day…
Thembi shows up at Isoul’s home in Baldwin Hills, and confronts him about the allegations Darcy made. Isoul is taken aback and steps outside his front door. He questions Thembi as to why she’s at his home unannounced, after they’ve already broken up. She tells him that she hates him, and says that she no longer believes that he broke up with her to take care of his mother, who is dying of cancer. Isoul tells Thembi that his mother is resting inside his home now. He explains that he never cheated on her, and firmly states that he’ll deal with Darcy.
In Glendale, well after midnight, Yawo quietly enters his apartment trying his best not to wake up his live-in girlfriend, Katie – a 24 year old, Korean purse designer. He walks into his bedroom to find Katie packing a suitcase. She is upset because Yawo has been gone all day, and has not returned any of her calls. It’s her birthday. Yawo tries to explain about the chess battle between he and Junie, but Katie is not interested in hearing any of it. She’d much rather he take his belongings and leave.
ONE WEEK LATER
Betty – a 48 year old, Af – Am female diva chess player, that only wears Gucci- is playing a game of chess with Cory – a 40 year old Af – Am male. Both of them are talking major ish. Betty tells Cory, “Get your bald-headed witch (the queen) out the street before she gets capped.” Amongst the crowd enjoying the game are Dennis – a 40 year old male, mid level chess player-, Pagan – a 50 year old male chess player with a bad attitude-, Jim – a 74 year old expert chess player, that is best friends with Betty-, and Honey Chile – a 35 year old lower level female chess player that is a bona-fide hot mess. Cory wins the game and tells Betty that she should not have taken that poison pawn. Dennis, Jim, Pagan, and Honey Chile all agree. Betty goes off and pulls out her Gucci wallet. She challenges everyone around to put their money where their mouth is and place a bet on the game if they believe Cory can beat her again. No one takes her up on the offer. Betty tells everyone to shut up, and let a lady handle her business.
Thembi is sitting at a table alone with Junie taking her weekly chess lesson. Junie is teaching Thembi the Najdorf Sicilian for white. Thembi notices Isoul and Cuttie – a tall 60 year old Af- Am male, chess player with a good heart- talking outside on the Starbucks patio. Isoul looks distressed, and Thembi abruptly gets up from her lesson and walks outside to find out what’s wrong.
Isoul tells Thembi that his mother died that morning. Thembi immediately hugs him. Isoul embraces her and doesn’t let go. As Cuttie says a prayer for Isoul, Darcy walks out unto the patio and sees Thembi and Isoul together. Isoul tries to pull away from Thembi to confront Darcy. Thembi hugs him tighter, and tells him that now is not the time to deal with Darcy. She tells him that she believes him. Cuttie stands ready to grab Isoul in cases he charges. Darcy smartly leaves quickly. Isoul and Thembi kiss.
THE NEXT DAY
Wacko, Do Nothing, and Cleo are on the Starbucks Patio watching Cheddar break down a funny dance move.
Kansas walks out of Starbucks with a coffee in his hand. He sees Wacko, and starts to walk in the opposite direction. Wacko instructs Cleo and Do Nothing to catch Kansas. Kansas runs and avoids capture by Cleo. However, he is comically caught when Do Nothing jumps on his back and tackles him to the ground in the parking lot. Wacko and Cheddar laugh as they walk over to Kansas slowly. Wacko asks Kansas when is he going to pay up. Kansas says, “I ain’t given you “s*#t! Westside.” Wacko punches Kansas in the jaw, knocking him out cold. Wacko instructs Do Nothing and Cleo to check Kansas’ pockets and to take his wallet, jacket, belt, shoes, cell phone, and gold fronts (teeth).
End of Episode
Rank, Season 1, Pilot Episode will begin with a cold opening showing a passionate chess "blitz" game being played by two chess Masters and one gambler unable to pay his huge debt. The opening title sequence then plays; a series of shots, mainly close ups, concerning the show's subject matter, separated by fast cutting. The opening credits will be superimposed on the sequence, and consists only of actor's names without identifying which actor plays each role. At the end of the sequence, a quotation naming a chess position will be shown on-screen that is spoken by a character during the episode. Progressive story arcs will unfold in different Los Angeles locations at the same time. The episode will not end with a cliff hanger. It will close with a fade or cut to black with the closing fading music.
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I've directed 5 short films, I've written 2 screenplays, and 1 stage play. I have a BFA in Theatre Directing from Howard University, and a MFA in Film Directing from the American Film Institute.