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.


The Under 5 Crowd
10:47 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

On Chess: World Chess Hall Of Fame Brings Chess Concepts to Early Learners

Getting ready for chess
Credit World Chess Hall of Fame

Bobby Fischer was the youngest-ever American Grandmaster, a title that took him 15 years, 6 months and 1 day to collect. That is, until Hikaru Nakamura came along, besting Bobby by three months and earning the title as the new youngest-ever American GM.

That is, until Ray Robson came along, notching his elite title two weeks before he turned 15.

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Polgar, Sharevich, Krush
9:45 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

On Chess: Role Models Abound For St. Louis Girls

Susan Polgar coaching Wesley So
Credit Provided by Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis

It’s a great time to be a St. Louis girl in chess, I think. Just look at what surrounds them: Webster University coach Susan Polgar is adding something new to her resume. Right there at the bottom of page 11.

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8:12 am
Thu June 26, 2014

On Chess: St. Louis Student Holds His Own Against Nation’s Best

Matt Larson
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Our local boy is making national noise.

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.

Larson just needed to represent.

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Junior Closed Championship
10:36 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

On Chess: Top Juniors Compete In St. Louis For National Crown

Left to Right. Jeffrey Xiong, Kayden Troff, Sam Sevian and Ashritha Eswaran, with Garry Kasparov, seated.
Credit Provided by the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis

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.

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Wesley So
9:56 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

On Chess: World Contender Must Wait To Play For U.S. Team

Wesley So
Credit Courtesy of Susan Polgar

They say good things come to those who wait. Unfortunately, that’s shaping up to be true.

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.

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Red Knight
10:12 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

On Chess: Circus Flora Plays Both Sides Of The Board

Credit Circus Flora

The word circus conjures several interpretations, a different idea according to every one’s experience. Many of those definitions, as Circus Flora teaches us, can brilliantly oppose each other in both harmony and balance – and that the chess player can appreciate.

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Priyadharshan Kannappan
9:59 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

On Chess: Grandmaster Hopefuls Compete In St. Louis

International Master Priyadharshan Kannappan is seeking his second GM norm.
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The words “watch your back” have never rung so clear.

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.

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4:32 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

On Chess: Armageddon Looms Today In U.S. Championships Finale

Aleksandr Lenderman will be playing for his first U.S. Championship.
Credit Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis

UPDATE 4:36 p.m.: Irina Krush is the U.S. Women's Chess Champion after winning the playoff against Tatev Abrahamyan 1-1/2 to 1/2. 

UPDATE 4:32 p.m.: Gata Kamsky is the U.S. Chess Champion after winning the playoff against Varuzhan Akobian 1-1/2 to 1/2. The women's match continues.

UPDATE 3:30 p.m.: In the first of two rapid matches for the U.S. Championship, Varuzhan Akobian drew the white pieces but fell into time trouble against Gata Kamsky. Akobian managed to hold off the reigning champion for a draw.

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Elementary Championships
9:59 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

On Chess: New City School Benefits From Growing Chess Culture

Andre Diamant in a 2008 photo
Credit Wikipedia

Perhaps no school can better attest to the benefits of living in the U.S. capital of chess than one that sits right in its epicenter.

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Graves, Cage & Kaino
5:16 am
Thu May 8, 2014

On Chess: New Shows At World Chess Hall of Fame Include Burning Boards

Mayor Frances Slay, with Jeanne and Rex Sinquefield in the background, helped unveil the 14-and-a-half-foot tall World's Largest Chess Piece at the Chess Hall of Fame.
Credit file photo | St. Louis Beacon

The link between the creation of history and the preservation of heritage is about as streamlined as it gets these days: Just send it across the street.

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