Brian Jerauld

Brian Jerauld is a chess instructor to area students, including his own children, and a student of the game himself through the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis. He is also a Mizzou journalist with a decade of experience writing about boats, sports and other odds and ends. This column is a weekly look around St. Louis, the U.S. Capital of Chess.

Prize Fund
9:21 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

On Chess: Millionaire Chess Ups The Ante In Vegas

Maurice Ashley (left) interviews Gata Kamsky at the 2013 US Championship.
Credit Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis

Maurice Ashley is sleeping just fine these days.

The International Grandmaster is about to put a million dollars down in Las Vegas -- and he might have the best odds in the house.

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Wildcard
11:27 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

On Chess: 13 Year Old To Vie For U.S. Women’s Championship

Ashritha Eswaran
Credit Provided by her family

Apparently, the U.S. “Women’s” Chess Championship is a description that gets more liberal by the year.

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President's Cup
10:21 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

On Chess: Polgar Prepares Team And Wins Final Four

Susan Polgar and Wesley So
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Update April 8: The Webster University Chess Team has repeated as winners of the President's Cup.

Got just another one of a billion busted brackets? Here’s a tip for next year: Put more confidence in the coach.

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Jennifer Shahade
8:59 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

On Chess: Poker Lures Chess Queen To Another Table

Jennifer Shahade is a two-time U.S. Women's Chess Champion and professional gamesplayer.
Credit Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis

Poker is making a play on one of our queens.

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.

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On Chess
6:24 am
Thu December 12, 2013

World Chess Champ, 12, Earns International Master Title

Sam Sevian has been a chess headliner for half his life.
Credit Courtesy Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis

Sam Sevian should be earning a spot as one of your instantly recallable names: The 12 year old from Corning, N.Y.,  is the reigning world champion for his age and the youngest ever to play in the U.S. Championship, which he did this past summer here in St. Louis.

He has been under the chess microscope for years, having already served as the fastest American to both Expert and National Master status, and I believe it is safe to assume he has become a fixture in chess’ future. Go ahead and commit that brain wrinkle.

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