Need Fighters
11:37 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

On Chess: Dreary Draws And The Lost Age Of Chess

Younger players are less likely to have draws because the winner will take advantage of mistakes.
Credit File photo | Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis

Most sports have decisive results. You don’t see draws in tennis, basketball or baseball, and if there is a tie in soccer or even the NFL, at least you know both teams were pushing for victory until the very end.

Unfortunately, chess has some issues with draws.

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11:03 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

On Chess: Sam Shankland Says Hello To The Fun Of Chess

The patented death stare of American Grandmaster Sam Shankland is being felt on the international stage.
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If you haven’t before, today is a great day to say hello to Sam Shankland – especially when you know just how close he almost came to saying goodbye.

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Big Game Tonight
6:07 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

On Chess: Our Team-Spirited Arch Bishops Are Poised To Become Chess League Champs

Wesley So has performed brilliantly for the team.
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Championship droughts are no laughing matter. And there’s no doubt things have been feeling a little stale around here lately: It’s been three whole years since St. Louis touted a championship title.

Tonight, however, our great city’s sport sufferings may come to an end.

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Showdown in St. Louis
10:15 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

On Chess: Seven Questions With Hikaru Nakamura

Hikaru Nakamura is ranked No. 1 in the U.S.
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You’re back in town for the Showdown in St. Louis, a five-round match for $100,000 against the World No. 4 player, Levon Aronian. The Showdown is not a world-circuit event in which you normally play -- is an event like this still important to you, even though it’s just an exhibition?

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Watching Sevian
10:09 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

On Chess: St. Louis Could Play Host To Major Milestones

Hikaru Nakamura is currently ranked No. 1 in the U.S.
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Next week, the Central West End chess club will again be joined by the  top player in the United States, Grandmaster Hikaru Nakamura, who returns for a special exhibition match with one of his main rivals from the world stage, Armenia’s Levon Aronian.

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Walter Browne
10:43 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

On Chess: November Features Champions Past, Present And Future

Walter Browne in 1972
Credit Wikipedia

It is, perhaps, the pinnacle chess week of the year, with several dazzling headlines labeling every level of the sport. When things get chaotic, keeping track of your lines can be difficult ... scattered thoughts, like pawns, need attending:

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Aviv Friedman
11:07 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

On Chess: The Grandmasters' Sherpa Shows St. Louis the Way

Aviv Friedman
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The title of Grandmaster is the highest a chess player can achieve, a moniker that translates literally as one of the best of the best. These titles are awarded by FIDE, the World Chess Federation, and are without a doubt quite rare: Not more than 1,500 players in history have been officially named Grandmaster.

The St. Louis Chess Club, however, has found someone even more special: The Grandmasters’ coach.

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The Right Moves
8:38 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

On Chess: Miriam School Uses Chess As Behavioral Therapy Tool

First-grader Jay Mainard, far left, uses the weekly chess club at the Miriam School in Webster Groves as a tool to combat learning disabilities.
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Not long after kindergarten began, Jason Mainard began noticing problems in his son’s mood. Socially, the boy wasn’t adhering to the way other kids played. Emotionally, he wasn’t responding the way most kids do in their first year of school. Traditional characteristics that describe a first classroom experience were few, replaced instead by signs of depression, signs of frustration.

Calls home from teachers confirmed the father’s concerns.

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Wesley So
11:36 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

On Chess: Webster University Star Wins Millionaire Chess Tournament

Millionaire Chess Open organizers Amy Lee and GM Maurice Ashley award Webster University GM Wesley So with a $100,000 birthday present.
Credit Billy Johnson | Millionaire Chess Open

Las Vegas will do just fine if it never sees Wesley So again. The brand-new adult celebrated his 21st birthday in the right city, but he did it in all the wrong ways.

He didn’t pull a single slot, didn’t throw a single die. And he never once relied on the hilarious notion of luck during a week-long visit in a town that banks off the very idea. He was not spotted out late, stumbling around the Strip any night -- and to the contrary: The work So put in each morning is circumstantial proof that he achieved bedtime at an hour likely outlawed in the City that Never Sleeps.

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Featuring Local Artists
1:21 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

Worlds Collide: Hip-Hop And Chess At The World Chess Hall Of Fame

Benjamin Kaplan
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For the next six months chess and hip-hop will live under the same roof here in St. Louis. "Living Like Kings: The Collision of Chess and Hip Hop Culture" is an ever-evolving exhibit examining the relationship between the two art forms. Hip-Hop Chess Federation founder Adisa Banjoko, 44, thinks hip-hop and chess share a common noble truth.

“The spirit of competition in hip-hop and in chess is what helps us figure out who we are,” Banjoko said.

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