Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis http://news.stlpublicradio.org en 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: St. Louis Student Holds His Own Against Nation’s Best http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/chess-st-louis-student-holds-his-own-against-nation-s-best <p>Our local boy is making national noise.</p><p>Matt Larson, a tall and lanky 17-year-old who attends Crossroads College Prep in St. Louis, is one of 10 competitors in the 2014 U.S. Junior Closed Championship, being held at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis in the Central West End. He most likely will not win the national title for players under the age of 21, but the crown wasn’t even necessarily a goal in the first place.</p><p>Larson just needed to represent.</p><p></p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 13:12:55 +0000 Brian Jerauld 37518 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org On Chess: St. Louis Student Holds His Own Against Nation’s Best 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: 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 On Chess: The Kings Converge On St. Louis http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/chess-kings-converge-st-louis <p>In chess, conquering the center is a strategy nearly as old as the game itself.</p><p>It is a building block, a foundation, with centuries of theory backing the blueprint. American legend Bobby Fischer opened all but one of his myriad games by instantly striking into the center with 1. e4, famously referring to the first move as “best, by test.”</p> Thu, 01 May 2014 03:38:38 +0000 Brian Jerauld 35738 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org On Chess: The Kings Converge On St. Louis On Chess: St. Louis Flexes Its Chess Muscle http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/chess-st-louis-flexes-its-chess-muscle <p>For six years, St. Louis has been steadily pumping its proverbial chess muscle.</p><p>There is, perhaps, no better way to gauge the strength of the city than to count the number of tough guys around here. The Chess Club and Scholastic Center opened in 2008 as a hopeful magnet to the game, and a year later GM Ben Finegold rode into town as the city’s very first Grandmaster. Today, backed by the murderer’s row of the Webster University collegiate team - including 2014 U.S. Championship-hopeful GM Ray Robson - St. Louis is home to 11 Grandmasters.</p> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 04:45:56 +0000 Brian Jerauld 35543 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org On Chess: St. Louis Flexes Its Chess Muscle 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