chess

Graves, Cage & Kaino
5:16 am
Thu May 8, 2014

On Chess: New Shows At World Chess Hall of Fame Include Burning Boards

Mayor Frances Slay, with Jeanne and Rex Sinquefield in the background, helped unveil the 14-and-a-half-foot tall World's Largest Chess Piece at the Chess Hall of Fame.
Credit file photo | St. Louis Beacon

The link between the creation of history and the preservation of heritage is about as streamlined as it gets these days: Just send it across the street.

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2014 U.S. Championships
10:38 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

On Chess: The Kings Converge On St. Louis

Gata Kamsky seeks to defend his title at the 2014 U.S. Championship.
Credit Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis

In chess, conquering the center is a strategy nearly as old as the game itself.

It is a building block, a foundation, with centuries of theory backing the blueprint. American legend Bobby Fischer opened all but one of his myriad games by instantly striking into the center with 1. e4, famously referring to the first move as “best, by test.”

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Polgar's Champions
10:38 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Spotlight On St. Louis Chess Falls On Webster's Investment In The Sport

In this file photo, Susan Polgar coaches Wesley So.
Credit Provided by Susan Polgar

The vibrancy of chess in the St. Louis area continues to grow. For example the U.S. Championships return to the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis on May 8.

But one of the bright spots – the strength of the university programs here – recently received close scrutiny. While Lindenwood and others are building strong teams, Webster University brought in the chess world’s version of John Calipari or Coach K: Susan Polgar and her team of grandmasters left Texas Tech University for the St. Louis suburbs in 2012.

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A Bevy of Grandmasters
11:45 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

On Chess: St. Louis Flexes Its Chess Muscle

Varuzhan Akobian
Credit Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis

For six years, St. Louis has been steadily pumping its proverbial chess muscle.

There is, perhaps, no better way to gauge the strength of the city than to count the number of tough guys around here. The Chess Club and Scholastic Center opened in 2008 as a hopeful magnet to the game, and a year later GM Ben Finegold rode into town as the city’s very first Grandmaster. Today, backed by the murderer’s row of the Webster University collegiate team - including 2014 U.S. Championship-hopeful GM Ray Robson - St. Louis is home to 11 Grandmasters.

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Prize Fund
9:21 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

On Chess: Millionaire Chess Ups The Ante In Vegas

Maurice Ashley (left) interviews Gata Kamsky at the 2013 US Championship.
Credit Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis

Maurice Ashley is sleeping just fine these days.

The International Grandmaster is about to put a million dollars down in Las Vegas -- and he might have the best odds in the house.

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Wildcard
11:27 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

On Chess: 13 Year Old To Vie For U.S. Women’s Championship

Ashritha Eswaran
Credit Provided by her family

Apparently, the U.S. “Women’s” Chess Championship is a description that gets more liberal by the year.

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President's Cup
10:21 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

On Chess: Polgar Prepares Team And Wins Final Four

Susan Polgar and Wesley So
Credit Provided by Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis

Update April 8: The Webster University Chess Team has repeated as winners of the President's Cup.

Got just another one of a billion busted brackets? Here’s a tip for next year: Put more confidence in the coach.

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Jennifer Shahade
8:59 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

On Chess: Poker Lures Chess Queen To Another Table

Jennifer Shahade is a two-time U.S. Women's Chess Champion and professional gamesplayer.
Credit Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis

Poker is making a play on one of our queens.

I admit this may be a paranoid reaction, and I won’t apologize for defending the well-being of such an important chess piece. But I couldn’t shake this preposterous idea of Woman Grandmaster Jennifer Shahade - a two-time women’s national chess champion, the editor for Chess Life online, and an author of two chess books - referring to herself as a simple gamesplayer, instead of the pure chess celebrity she has become.

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Tournament coming
9:42 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

On Chess: Nakamura Declines U.S. Championship Invite

Gata Kamsky is seeking his fifth U.S. Championship title this year.
Credit Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis

Twelve of the top chess players in the U.S. just got fantastic news: Grandmaster Hikaru Nakamura will not be fighting for the title of 2014 U.S. Champion.

Nakamura, currently ranked No. 8 in the world, declined his invitation citing his decision to prepare for, and compete against, only the world’s elite.

This isn’t surprising, really. A number of the world’s best players forgo their national championship for similar reasons. The last time World No. 2 Levon Aronian won the Armenian National Championship was 2002. Viswanathan Anand hasn’t claimed India’s title since 1988.

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Reddit Questions
9:48 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

On Chess: Nakamura Scores In Ask Me Anything

Hikaru Nakamura is ranked No. 1 in the U.S. and No. 7 in the world.
Credit Provided by Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis

What do Bill Nye the Science Guy, President Barack Obama and Bryan Cranston of Breaking Bad fame have in common with the best chess player in the country?

They’ve all subjected themselves to the rigor of being grilled by the anonymous public via Reddit’s Ask Me Anything (AMA).

A Reddit AMA provides a forum for celebrities, athletes, musicians, politicians and other notable public figures to respond online to questions submitted by other Reddit users for a pre-determined period of time.

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