Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis

Hula Or Boxing
8:58 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

On Chess: Physical Fitness Becomes Increasingly Important For Top-Level Players

Jennifer Shahade has become a proponent of chess players working out.
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World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen pretended he didn’t hear the question, but I knew he had.

Rex Sinquefield, founder of the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis, was about to throw the first pitch at a Cardinals game, and I wondered out loud which participant from the Sinquefield Cup -- the strongest tournament in chess history, held in the Central West End last September -- would be the best candidate for the same role.

“Magnus,” the other participants quickly concluded.

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President's Cup
10:25 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

On Chess: U.S. Championships Defeat Scheduling Snafu And Return To St. Louis

Ray Robson could have faced a no-win choice.
Credit File photo | 2012

The Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis has once again received the bid as host to the annual U.S. Chess Championships: The 2015 event, along with the U.S. Women’s Championship, will be a 12-player round robin held March 31 through April 14 in the Central West End. It will mark the seventh consecutive year that St. Louis has hosted the national title event.

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Lots of Championships
10:22 am
Thu January 1, 2015

On Chess: 2014 Proved Banner Year For Chess In St. Louis

Chess got even bigger in St. Louis.
Credit file photo | St. Louis Beacon

There should be excitement for what may come in 2015, as each passing year has proved better than the last. As we say goodbye to 2014, here are a few monuments St. Louis built in 2014:

Chess History Unfolds In St. Louis

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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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Oct. 11
9:25 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

On Chess: National Chess Day Is Officially Unofficial

Time for chess
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This Saturday, Oct. 11 is National Chess Day -- though only unofficially, because nobody cares.

That’s not from a lack of continued effort on the part of chess players, however, as plenty have cared about such a recognized holiday dating all the way back to its inception in 1976.

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

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Sinquefield Cup
12:11 am
Fri August 29, 2014

World Chess Champion Competes In St. Louis At Strongest Chess Tournament Ever

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, left, and Magnus Carlsen played to a draw in their first game in the Sinquefield Cup.
Credit Willis Ryder Arnold | St. Louis Public Radio

This year’s Sinquefield Cup chess championship is underway here in St. Louis and it’s billed as the strongest chess tournament in the history of the sport. The tournament features six of the top nine players in the world and takes place at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis. The compete for a first place prize of $100,000. Before the end of the tournament, each player will play every other player twice.

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