Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis http://news.stlpublicradio.org en On Chess: Millionaire Chess Ups The Ante In Vegas http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/chess-millionaire-chess-ups-ante-vegas <p></p><p>Maurice Ashley is sleeping just fine these days.</p><p>The International Grandmaster is about to put a million dollars down in Las Vegas -- and he might have the best odds in the house.</p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 02:21:59 +0000 Brian Jerauld 35354 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org On Chess: Millionaire Chess Ups The Ante In Vegas On Chess: Poker Lures Chess Queen To Another Table http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/chess-poker-lures-chess-queen-another-table <p>Poker is making a play on one of our queens.</p><p>I admit this may be a paranoid reaction, and I won’t apologize for defending the well-being of such an important chess piece. But I couldn’t shake this preposterous idea of Woman Grandmaster Jennifer Shahade - a two-time women’s national chess champion, the editor for Chess Life online, and an author of two chess books - referring to herself as a simple gamesplayer, instead of the pure chess celebrity she has become.</p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 01:59:21 +0000 Brian Jerauld 34766 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org On Chess: Poker Lures Chess Queen To Another Table On Chess: Nakamura Declines U.S. Championship Invite http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/chess-nakamura-declines-us-championship-invite <p>Twelve of the top chess players in the U.S. just got fantastic news: Grandmaster Hikaru Nakamura will not be fighting for the title of 2014 U.S. Champion.</p><p>Nakamura, currently ranked No. 8 in the world, declined his invitation citing his decision to prepare for, and compete against, only the world’s elite.</p><p>This isn’t surprising, really. A number of the world’s best players forgo their national championship for similar reasons. The last time World No. 2 Levon Aronian won the Armenian National Championship was 2002. Viswanathan Anand hasn’t claimed India’s title since 1988.</p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 02:42:44 +0000 Mike Wilmering 34577 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org On Chess: Nakamura Declines U.S. Championship Invite On Chess: Hall Of Fame Brings Chess To New Audiences http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/chess-hall-fame-brings-chess-new-audiences <p>On Tuesday, <a href="http://www.usatoday.com/story/experience/weekend/st-louis/2014/03/10/st-louis-hipsters/6179693/"><em>USA Today</em> published a story that outlined everything “hip and happening”</a> in St. Louis.&nbsp;</p><p>Not surprisingly, the World Chess Hall of Fame got a nod. &nbsp;Wait. What? <em>Not</em> surprising, you say?</p><p>If the idea that chess is hip and happening is foreign to you, then I assume you still have the antiquated stereotype of the pocket protector-wearing übergeek ingrained in your mind.</p><p>But times they are a-changin’ my friends.</p> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 01:56:07 +0000 Mike Wilmering 34373 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org On Chess: Hall Of Fame Brings Chess To New Audiences On Chess: 100 years of Vibrant Chess History in St. Louis http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/chess-100-years-vibrant-chess-history-st-louis <p><it’s a="" about="" an="" and="" be="" been="" book="" brief="" chess="" columns.="" condense="" could="" couple="" difficult="" faces="" have="" helping="" history="" in="" instrumental="" international="" into="" louis="" many="" of="" p="" places="" rich="" shape="" st.="" that="" the="" to="" try="" written=""></it’s></p> Thu, 20 Feb 2014 03:07:46 +0000 Mike Wilmering 33858 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org On Chess: 100 years of Vibrant Chess History in St. Louis On Chess: Nakamura Misses Chance to Topple World Champion http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/chess-nakamura-misses-chance-topple-world-champion <p>He came close this time. The great white whale was in his sights. His elbow was cocked, and in his hand the harpoon was ready to deliver the fatal blow. And then it all disappeared.</p> Thu, 06 Feb 2014 06:07:44 +0000 Mike Wilmering 33496 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org On Chess: Nakamura Misses Chance to Topple World Champion Meier's Chess Club Victory Adds To Growing Local Reputation http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/meiers-chess-club-victory-adds-growing-local-reputation <p>Webster University’s Georg Meier etched his name in the St. Louis record books over the weekend by winning the 6<sup>th</sup> annual Club Championship, held at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis (CCSCSL).</p><p>Meier, 26, is a world-class grandmaster who <a href="http://ratings.fide.com/card.phtml?event=4675789">ranks No. 2 in Germany and No. 141 in the world</a>.</p> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 04:30:48 +0000 Mike Wilmering 33340 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Meier's Chess Club Victory Adds To Growing Local Reputation On Chess: Nakamura And So Face World’s Elite In Netherlands http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/chess-nakamura-and-so-face-world-s-elite-netherlands <p>The prestigious Tata Steel chess tournament in Wijk aan Zee, Netherlands, started last week, and for once, super-GM Hikaru Nakamura is not the only St. Louis representative competing against the world’s best.</p><p>Nakamura, the U.S. No. 1, is no stranger to top-level tourneys. But for GM Wesley So, a Webster University sophomore, Tata Steel is his first-ever super-elite event.</p> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 04:30:15 +0000 Mike Wilmering 33187 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org On Chess: Nakamura And So Face World’s Elite In Netherlands On Chess: Championships Return To St. Louis http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/chess-championships-return-st-louis <p>It’s going to be another year of checkmates and championships in St. Louis.</p><p>On Wednesday, the <a href="http://www.saintlouischessclub.org/news/2014-01-15/saint-louis-host-2014-us-championships">Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis announced</a>&nbsp;that the United States Chess Federation had accepted its bid to host the 2014 U.S. Championship, the 2014 U.S. Women’s Championship and the 2014 U.S. Junior Closed Championship, the three top invitational chess tournaments in the nation.</p><p>That’s right. The Trifecta. The Triple Crown. The Royal Three.</p> Thu, 16 Jan 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Mike Wilmering 33044 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org On Chess: Championships Return To St. Louis On Chess: Nakamura Wins London Classic; Educators Share Ideas http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/chess-nakamura-wins-london-classic-educators-share-ideas <p>If St. Louis is etching its name on <a href="https://www.stlbeacon.org/#!/content/30369/chess_jerauld_041613">the list of emerging chess capitals</a> of the world, then London is already firmly established. And the letters are in bold print.</p><p>The 5<sup>th</sup> annual London Chess Classic concluded this past week, and the marquee event featured a 16-player rapid tournament showcasing the world’s elite.</p> Thu, 19 Dec 2013 05:32:14 +0000 Mike Wilmering 32386 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org On Chess: Nakamura Wins London Classic; Educators Share Ideas