When I started African Chess net, one of the big challenges I faced was finding reliable sources of information on the state of chess in Africa or just updates on some of the key events in chess on the continent. Despite the fact that there are many chess players in Africa, it was difficult to find a comprehensive source of information for all the activities. One website has stood out for me over the years in covering the African diaspora in chess and that website is The Chess Drum.
Daaim Shabazz is an Associate Professor of Business at Florida A&M University (USA). His name is pronounced Da-eem Sha-boz. In presenting the The Chess Drum, declared it on the website to be an online magazine whose time in history has come.
I am amazed by the energy and zeal of Daaim Shabazz in promoting the game of the chess. For many years now I have been in awe of how he criss-crosses the globe taking every opportunity to share information about the beautiful game of chess. On the few occasions I have had to chat with Daaim I have been greatly inspired by the man’s intelligence, vision and work not just in chess but life in general. His articles on chess are deep and incisive. One could be forgiven for thinking that Daaim is a professional journalist. I have often wondered where an Associate Professor would find time to write such detailed articles on chess. Maybe one he can let me in on his secret of time management.
According to The Chess Drum website for too long, many chess-playing segments have been overlooked… especially Black players. By examining existing chess magazines and websites worldwide, there is little variety in terms of reported stories. Thus, The Chess Drum seeks to expose the world to contributions from this segment and also to expose these segments to international chess. The Chess Drum is a chess website from a different perspective.
Why was The Chess Drum launched? The purpose of the website was firstly to highlight the chess activities within the worldwide African Diaspora and to serve as a vehicle for fostering a greater sense of community with in the chess world. Thirdly it was to facilitate the sharing of ideas and knowledge and to demonstrate the true and incredible universality of chess. The website would serve to show the wide appeal of chess.
Thank Daaim Shabazz and The Chess Drum for your great work in promoting chess in the African Diaspora. We salute you!
Take a few minutes to visit The Chess Drum. The website is http://www.thechessdrum.net/
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