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.
St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay will travel to the Sunshine State (that's Florida) this weekend to accept the United States Chess Federation's "Chess City of the Year" award for our own Mound City.
This is the second time St. Louis has received the designation - the city also won the award in 2009.
The award, according to the the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis, "recognizes the U.S. city that has done the most to promote and further the game of chess, both locally and nationally."
Credit (photo courtesy of the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis)
Hikaru Nakamura (L) has a chance to become the highest-rated American chess player during a week-long match against Ukrainian Ruslan Ponomariov (R). The 10-game contest is the first international match for the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis