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.


FIDE's move
10:54 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

On Chess: World Champion Carlsen Had Extra Pressure While In St. Louis

Magnus Carlsen in St. Louis earlier this month
Credit Lennart Ootes| Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St.Louis

It’s not often that the World Champion of Chess gets his thunder stolen but, while here in St. Louis, GM Magnus Carlsen's moment away from the spotlight allowed him to tackle a serious decision.

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Arts & Culture
11:31 am
Thu September 11, 2014

On Chess: Eight Super Grandmasters Turn Into Coaches And Have Fun Skewering Each Other

Rex Sinquefield prepares to make a move as Grandmasters look on. Behind, from left, is commentator Maurice Ashley, Garry Kasparov, Yasser Seirawan and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave.
Credit Lennart Ootes | Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis

It is a question commonly posed to Grandmasters -- business-suit wearing giants with perennially furrowed brows, constantly wrinkled above troubled looks of genuine stress -- can you still have fun?

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Fabiano Caruana
8:04 am
Thu September 4, 2014

On Chess: St. Louis Witnessing Chess History-As-It-Happens At Sinquefield Cup

Fabiano Caruana
Credit Provided by the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis

When you’re claiming a page of history, you just never know who might write on it.

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From Miami To Italy
3:36 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

On Chess: Super GM Caruana Comes Home

American-Italian super-GM Fabiano Caruana signs an autograph during the 2014 Sinquefield Cup at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis.
Credit Lennart Ootes | CCSCSL

Make no mistake, we want him back.

In for his first visit to the U.S. Capital of Chess is Grandmaster Fabiano Caruana, one of only three players in the world with a chess rating that has surpassed the 2800 watermark. He’s here to pick a fight with the other two, Armenian GM Levon Aronian and World Champion GM Magnus Carlsen, as part of the 2014 Sinquefield Cup -- billed as the strongest chess tournament ever, for obvious reasons.

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Rise UP Festival
12:55 am
Thu August 21, 2014

On Chess: New Pocket Park Fills Formerly Vacant Lot In Old North St. Louis

The new chess pocket park
Credit Provided by the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis

St. Louis owns and manages approximately 10,000 vacant lots of land that have come into its possession through tax foreclosure. Concentrations of these lots create barren wastelands of pavement, driving down property values while driving up social and environmental impacts.

Maintenance alone on these acquiesced estates — the overwhelming majority of which do not even contain a structure — encourages slow economic leak, altogether suggesting a need to embrace alternative approaches to urban land use.

Sounds like a job for chess.

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Chess Olympiad
10:06 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

On Chess: Millionaires And Missed Connections

GM Maurice Ashley is the promoter of the Millionaire Chess Open, the upcoming tournament with the largest prize fund ever.
Credit Provided by Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis

This is the busy season of chess, with lots going on in the scene. Scattered thoughts, like pawns, need attending:

Maurice Ashley is in town, looking for millionaires.

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Carlsen Returns
11:13 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

On Chess: 2014 Sinquefield Cup Will Be Even Stronger Than Last Year’s Powerhouse

Jeanne and Rex Sinquefield presented Magnus Carlsen with the 2013 Sinquefield Cup.
Credit Provided by the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis

Just announced was the 2014 Sinquefield Cup, the encore to last year's megalith international competition that delivered four of the world's most-elite chess players to the Central West End.

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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
Credit Provided by the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis

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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