Black Chess Masters in America

Black Chess Masters in America

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Bill

Harrisburg, PA

#1 Jun 8, 2012
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Black Chess Masters in America

Reputations are not easy to come by in chess. Only a history of excellence and success over the board will propel a player into the limelight, push him into the upper regions of the elite and stardom. Two nationally recognized African-American players, Maurice Ashley and Emory Tate, have done exactly that for nearly two decades. Surprisingly, for a lot of chess players, other African-Americans chess players have mastered the game but perhaps get less attention nationally.

Many of the 86,000 United States Chess Federation (USCF) players know something about the history of the top players: Maurice Ashley in 1993 became the first African-American to be awarded the coveted title of International Master, and Emory Tate (who has two IM norms) had been the perennial U.S. Armed Forces Champion and the grassroots people's choice for Grandmaster in training.

However, these two titans, along with numerous other black chess masters, constitute a large stable of highly distinguished mavens of the game. Coming to mind are Morris Giles (FM), Irvin Middleton (FM), Ron Simpson (SM), Willie Morrison (SM), Greg Acholonu (SM), Ron Buckmeyer (SM), Norm Rogers (FM), Steve Booth, and George Umezinwa, to name but a few.

HISTORICALLY SPEAKING

Historically, there have been some 40 bona fide black chess masters. Further, there are many more black senior masters than most people realize. Most players, black or white do not even realize that back in the 1850s there was a formidable black problemist. He was an African-American by the name of Theophilus Thompson, who put together a book of chess problems (albeit not a very good one, to the taste of bookseller Fred Wilson). Copies of the book are rare.

On the forget-me-not list is K.K. Karanga, the young African-American genius (literally) who made it before trudging off to study at Yale. It is not clear whether it was he or Howard Daniels who became the youngest African-American to make U.S. master. But, let's not get too far ahead of this fascinating story.

In 1963, America was on the verge of a cultural explosion that would touch our lives and alter its very social fabric. Even in the world of chess, with its then exclusive clubs and its odd assortment of esoteric warriors, a minor revolution had taken place. America produced its first black chess master. His name was Walt Harris, an unassuming, dedicated scientist who for some years worked at the U.S. Naval Observatory in Washington, D.C., the nation's capitol and a strong urban chess center.

http://www.thechessdrum.net/historicmoments/H...

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#2 Jun 13, 2012
Yep! There des appear t be a chess tradition brewing in the AA community.
Bill

Harrisburg, PA

#3 Jun 13, 2012
Brainiac2 wrote:
Yep! There does appear to be a chess tradition brewing in the AA community.
Yep! Once a tradition like that gets going only the sky's the limit.
XYXYXYXY

Harrisburg, PA

#4 Sep 18, 2012
Every AA parent shuld buy his kid a chess set in order to keep the tradition going or make it strongr.

J-Town Ninja OhH YeE AhH

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#5 Sep 18, 2012
old black guys are good at chess, ive played a few, just the young people dont play... ive been playing chess, poker, dominoes ever since I was young... gin, baccarat, all those games... they help you reason and problem solve
Categorical Imperative

Harrisburg, PA

#6 Sep 19, 2012
J-Town Ninja OhH YeE AhH wrote:
old black guys are good at chess, ive played a few, just the young people dont play... ive been playing chess, poker, dominoes ever since I was young... gin, baccarat, all those games... they help you reason and problem solve
I personally have never noticed any carry-over from solving chess problems to solving life problems although I have heard that it's supposed to help.

“Reality is merely an illusion”

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#7 Sep 19, 2012
Sorry buddy Chess is White dominated and is going to stay that way.
Categorical Imperative

Harrisburg, PA

#8 Sep 23, 2012
Matthew_1 wrote:
Sorry buddy Chess is White dominated and is going to stay that way.
Anand, the world Champion is from India. Has successfully defended his title against European challengers three or more times.
Dark Knight

Newark, NJ

#12 Sep 23, 2012
But idiotic whites claim blacks have low iq. How could their be black chess masters?
Dark Knight

Newark, NJ

#13 Sep 23, 2012
Dark Knight wrote:
But idiotic whites claim blacks have low iq. How could their be black chess masters?
There *
Categorical Imperative

Harrisburg, PA

#14 Sep 23, 2012
oh-Really _-_-___ wrote:
<quoted text>Lemme guess,
....the original hindus were blacks.
...Right?
Were they? The history I'm familiar with has Hinduism originatig with an Aryan invasion of India? Sunds as if you're familiar with another version.
Categorical Imperative

Harrisburg, PA

#15 Sep 23, 2012
Were they? The history I'm familiar with has Hinduism originating with an Aryan invasion of India? Sounds as if you're familiar with another version.
Categorical Imperative

Harrisburg, PA

#17 Sep 23, 2012
oh-Really _-_-___ wrote:
<quoted text>Then you don't watch the news. Apparently the blacks who couldn't move anything but the pawns go out and mistake the streets for a giant chess board.
Except the black knight mostly just slaughter each other,
... because they're scared to bring it to the white knight's side of the board.
In order to prove a chess and juvenile delinquency connection you need supporting evidence that positively correlates the twain. Otherwise your comment is just an a unsubstantiated opinion.
Categorical Imperative

Harrisburg, PA

#18 Sep 23, 2012
oh-Really _-_-___ wrote:
<quoted text>
Uhh, Clemm?
Blacks are "not a monolith", right?
Good thing whiney negroes have reminded us of that day in and day out for decades, other wise we ignorant pink genetic mutants might have thought this means ALL blacks are chess masters.
Whew,...dodged a bullet on THAT one,...ehh?
I don't think that whites of normal intelligence are so dense as to draw that inane conclusion from the data posted.
Dark Knight

Newark, NJ

#19 Sep 23, 2012
oh-Really _-_-___ wrote:
<quoted text>
Uhh, Clemm?
Blacks are "not a monolith", right?
Good thing whiney negroes have reminded us of that day in and day out for decades, other wise we ignorant pink genetic mutants might have thought this means ALL blacks are chess masters.
Whew,...dodged a bullet on THAT one,...ehh?
Funny you speak of whining. Since that is all you do here.
Categorical Imperative

Harrisburg, PA

#21 Sep 23, 2012
oh-Really _-_-___ wrote:
<quoted text>Yes, it is.
Am I to assume,
(from your hissy tone)
...that yours differs?
Well, I once wrote a college English 101 essay showing how chess enhances thinking ability. Essay is lst but I'm , sure I can once again provide the necessary expert opinion to make a strong or even stronger case that chess does enhance positive thinking skills.

However, since you made the claim that it doesn't, it's really your responsibility to initiate the debate by attempting to prove your statement with supporting data after which I will present my counter argument. Fair enough?
Dark Knight

Newark, NJ

#22 Sep 23, 2012
Oh really always whines about blacks making a white thread on a black forum. But then stick his goofy self in a positive black thread. LOL then he wonders why we make threads about these people.
Categorical Imperative

Harrisburg, PA

#23 Sep 24, 2012
Dark Knight wrote:
Oh really always whines about blacks making a white thread on a black forum. But then stick his goofy self in a positive black thread. LOL then he wonders why we make threads about these people.
Racism is a excellent example that what governs human behavior isn't logical reasoning-but merely reasoning either cogent or fallacious in the humble service of emotion. Unfortunately, as evidenced by human history, the latter predominates.

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#24 May 10, 2013
The game can be frustrating.
hwholeshabbaz

Howell, MI

#25 May 10, 2013
chess is worthless yall are nuts chess is the same as video games it never improved my iq to play 6 thousand chess games

big waste of time..

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