Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis

Zurich Chess Challenge
12:07 am
Thu February 6, 2014

On Chess: Nakamura Misses Chance to Topple World Champion

Hikaru Nakamura last battled Magnus Carlsen at the Sinquefield Cup in St. Louis. Levon Aronian observes.
Credit Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis

He came close this time. The great white whale was in his sights. His elbow was cocked, and in his hand the harpoon was ready to deliver the fatal blow. And then it all disappeared.

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On Chess
10:30 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Meier's Chess Club Victory Adds To Growing Local Reputation

GM Georg Meier is one of the top players at Webster University's elite collegiate chess program.
Credit Provided by Susan Polgar

Webster University’s Georg Meier etched his name in the St. Louis record books over the weekend by winning the 6th annual Club Championship, held at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis (CCSCSL).

Meier, 26, is a world-class grandmaster who ranks No. 2 in Germany and No. 141 in the world.

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Tate Steel Tournament
10:30 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

On Chess: Nakamura And So Face World’s Elite In Netherlands

Wesley So has the talent to reach the top 5 in the world, according to Susan Polgar, his coach at Webster University.
Credit Provided by Susan Polgar

The prestigious Tata Steel chess tournament in Wijk aan Zee, Netherlands, started last week, and for once, super-GM Hikaru Nakamura is not the only St. Louis representative competing against the world’s best.

Nakamura, the U.S. No. 1, is no stranger to top-level tourneys. But for GM Wesley So, a Webster University sophomore, Tata Steel is his first-ever super-elite event.

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Men, Women, Juniors
4:00 am
Thu January 16, 2014

On Chess: Championships Return To St. Louis

Gata Kamsky hopes to defend his title as U.S. Champion and Irina Krush looks to repeat as the U.S. Women's Champion this May.
Credit Courtesy of the Chess Club and Scholastic of St. Louis

It’s going to be another year of checkmates and championships in St. Louis.

On Wednesday, the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis announced that the United States Chess Federation had accepted its bid to host the 2014 U.S. Championship, the 2014 U.S. Women’s Championship and the 2014 U.S. Junior Closed Championship, the three top invitational chess tournaments in the nation.

That’s right. The Trifecta. The Triple Crown. The Royal Three.

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St. Louisan Triumphs
11:32 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

On Chess: Nakamura Wins London Classic; Educators Share Ideas

Malcolm Pein presents Hikaru Nakamura his first-place trophy for winning the London Chess Classic.
Credit Photo courtesy Ray Morris-Hill.

If St. Louis is etching its name on the list of emerging chess capitals of the world, then London is already firmly established. And the letters are in bold print.

The 5th annual London Chess Classic concluded this past week, and the marquee event featured a 16-player rapid tournament showcasing the world’s elite.

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On Chess
6:24 am
Thu December 12, 2013

World Chess Champ, 12, Earns International Master Title

Sam Sevian has been a chess headliner for half his life.
Credit Courtesy Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis

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.

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A Good Year St. Louis: Chess
12:00 pm
Tue December 27, 2011

A banner year for St. Louis Chess

Tournament Hall at The Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis.
courtesy Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis

2011 has been a banner year for Chess in the city of Saint Louis.

The United States Chess Federation named Saint Louis “Chess City of the Year” in 2011 for all of the hard work we’ve put in to promote the game of chess both locally and nationally.

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Chess / St. Louis
3:25 pm
Thu August 4, 2011

Checkmate! St. Louis designated, again, as "Chess City of the Year"

(via Flickr/Ian Sane)

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."

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Chess
3:34 pm
Mon May 16, 2011

St. Louisan looking to become highest-rated American chess player since Bobby Fischer

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
(photo courtesy of the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis)

 A Japanese native who relocated to St. Louis from Seattle last year to take advantage of the city's growing chess infrastructure will go after one of the sport's top American records this week.

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from Cityscape
4:20 pm
Fri April 22, 2011

Nation's best chess players gather in St. Louis

15 year-old Daniel Naroditsky has been the #1 chess player in his age category for 5 years.

For the third year in a row, the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis is host to the U.S. and U.S. Women's National Chess Championships.  Play continues through next week at the Chess Club, which has become somewhat of a national hub for the sport.

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