chess http://news.stlpublicradio.org en On Chess: Hall Of Fame Exhibit Peeks Inside The Complex Mind Of Bobby Fischer http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/chess-hall-fame-exhibit-peeks-inside-complex-mind-bobby-fischer <p>The name Bobby Fischer is synonymous with outstanding intellect, intimidating competitiveness and intense focus.&nbsp; His is a uniquely American success story that nearly everyone has heard - even if they can’t tell a rook from a bishop.</p><p>So what makes Fischer so captivating?</p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 03:53:23 +0000 Shannon Bailey 38252 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org On Chess: Hall Of Fame Exhibit Peeks Inside The Complex Mind Of Bobby Fischer On Chess: World Chess Hall Of Fame Brings Chess Concepts to Early Learners http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/chess-world-chess-hall-fame-brings-chess-concepts-early-learners <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Bobby Fischer was the youngest-ever American </span>Grandmaster<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, a title that took him 15 years, 6 months and 1 day to collect. That is, until </span>Hikaru<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Nakamura<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> came along, besting Bobby by three months and earning the title as the new youngest-ever American GM.</span></p><p>That is, until Ray Robson came along, notching his elite title two weeks before he turned 15.</p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 03:47:29 +0000 Brian Jerauld 38136 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org On Chess: World Chess Hall Of Fame Brings Chess Concepts to Early Learners On Chess: Role Models Abound For St. Louis Girls http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/chess-role-models-abound-st-louis-girls <p>It’s a great time to be a St. Louis girl in chess, I think. Just look at what surrounds them: Webster University coach <strong>Susan Polgar</strong> is adding something new to her resume. Right there at the bottom of page 11.</p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 02:45:43 +0000 Brian Jerauld 37915 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org On Chess: Role Models Abound For St. Louis Girls On Chess: Triple Crowns Bestowed In St. Louis, Carlsen May Return http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/chess-triple-crowns-bestowed-st-louis-carlsen-may-return <p>The Triple Crown of chess is complete, in more ways than one.</p><p>Just this past week, Grandmaster Kayden Troff, 16, snagged the U.S. Junior Closed Championship crown after nine rounds of fierce competition against the top players under 21 in the nation. Troff finished the event in style, winning his final four games to finish a point and a half ahead of the rest of the field.</p><p>The newly anointed grandmaster took home the $3,000 first-place prize but, more important, earned a ticket to compete in the 2015 U.S. Championship, which will be held in St. Louis next year.</p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 02:57:49 +0000 Mike Wilmering 37738 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org On Chess: Triple Crowns Bestowed In St. Louis, Carlsen May Return On Chess: Top Juniors Compete In St. Louis For National Crown http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/chess-top-juniors-compete-st-louis-national-crown <p>Thursday night marks the opening ceremony of the 2014 U.S. Junior Closed Championship, the national title event for the top players under 21. The tournament is the third installment of America’s Championships annually hosted by the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis, a parallel to the U.S. Championship and Women’s event, which took place simultaneously last month.</p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 03:36:40 +0000 Brian Jerauld 37326 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org On Chess: Top Juniors Compete In St. Louis For National Crown On Chess: World Contender Must Wait To Play For U.S. Team http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/chess-world-contender-must-wait-play-us-team <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">They say good things come to those who wait. Unfortunately, that’s shaping up to be true.</span></p><p>Wesley So, the 15th highest-rated chess player in the world with a FIDE rating of 2744, recently announced his intentions to switch to the U.S. Chess Federation (from the Philippines’ federation) for reasons rather obvious: He’s already here -- and he seems to like it.</p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 02:56:18 +0000 Brian Jerauld 36924 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org On Chess: World Contender Must Wait To Play For U.S. Team On Chess: Circus Flora Plays Both Sides Of The Board http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/chess-circus-flora-plays-both-sides-board <p>The word <em>circus</em> conjures several interpretations, a different idea according to every one’s experience. Many of those definitions, as <a href="http://www.circusflora.org/">Circus Flora</a> teaches us, can brilliantly oppose each other in both harmony and balance – and that the chess player can appreciate.</p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 03:12:40 +0000 Brian Jerauld 36734 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org On Chess: Circus Flora Plays Both Sides Of The Board On Chess: Grandmaster Hopefuls Compete In St. Louis http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/chess-grandmaster-hopefuls-compete-st-louis <p>The words “watch your back” have never rung so clear.</p><p>The 2014 national championships are less than two weeks old, but as America’s heavyweights retreat to their corners, the class of tomorrow has already hopped into the ring.</p> Thu, 29 May 2014 02:59:02 +0000 Brian Jerauld 36528 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org On Chess: Grandmaster Hopefuls Compete In St. Louis On Chess: Armageddon Looms Today In U.S. Championships Finale http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/chess-armageddon-looms-today-us-championships-finale <p><strong>UPDATE 4:36 p.m.:</strong> Irina Krush is the U.S. Women's Chess Champion after winning the playoff against Tatev Abrahamyan&nbsp;1-1/2 to 1/2.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>UPDATE 4:32 p.m.:&nbsp;</strong>Gata Kamsky&nbsp;is the U.S. Chess Champion after winning the playoff against Varuzhan&nbsp;Akobian&nbsp;1-1/2 to 1/2. The women's match continues.</p> Tue, 20 May 2014 21:32:09 +0000 Brian Jerauld 36281 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org On Chess: Armageddon Looms Today In U.S. Championships Finale National Chess Championship Kicks Off in St. Louis For Sixth Year In A Row http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/national-chess-championship-kicks-st-louis-sixth-year-row <p>Grand Master chess players from across the country have assembled in St. Louis’ Central West End for the 2014 U.S. Chess Championship.</p><p>Round 1 of the two-week tournament kicked off Thursday afternoon at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis.</p> Thu, 08 May 2014 20:31:38 +0000 Joseph Leahy 35959 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org National Chess Championship Kicks Off in St. Louis For Sixth Year In A Row