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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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On Chess
9:55 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

U.S. Chess School Brings Royalty To St. Louis

Awonder Liang, 10, earned his second gold medal at the World Youth Chess Championships in the United Arab Emirates.
Credit Provided by Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis

Members of the chess royal family have been holding court in St. Louis with increasing regularity.

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Pan-Ams
11:40 pm
Wed January 1, 2014

On Chess: Webster University, University Of Illinois Advance To Chess Final Four

From left: Xin Luo, Eric Rosen, Michael Auger and Akshay Indusekar hoist the third-place trophy at the Pan-American Intercollegiate Team Chess Championship.
Credit Provided by the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis

Everybody loves a good Cinderella story. There’s something about seeing the underdog prevail that gives people hope a fairy tale ending is actually possible.

When the top four collegiate chess teams come together in New York City in April, a champion looks to repeat while an unlikely contender hopes simply to keep the magic going.

It’s no surprise that Webster University dominated the Pan-American Intercollegiate Team Chess Championship, held Dec. 27-30 at Texas Tech University in Lubbock.

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World Youth Championship
5:00 am
Thu December 26, 2013

On Chess: Checkmate at Christmas in the United Arab Emirates

Daniel Naroditsky hopes to cap off a fantastic 2013 with a win at the World Youth Chess Championships.
Credit Provided by Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis

Santa Claus is, almost certainly, a chess player. I can’t make that statement with absolute certainty as I’ve never actually witnessed the big guy over the board, but all the telltale signs are there.

Who but a chess player could lay out such a carefully detailed plan of attack and, as far as I can tell, execute flawlessly year in and year out with nary a blunder. In fact, a 1908 column by Russel Ramsey in the Philadelphia Sunday Item claims to be privy to a game played by the jolly old fellow himself.

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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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Chess
12:54 pm
Sun September 8, 2013

Some Of The World’s Best Chess Players Square Off In St. Louis This Week

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Four of the best chess players in the world are squaring off this week in the Central West End during the first ever Sinquefield Cup.

The two best American payers will be joined by two of the top rated players in the world, including the number one ranked, 22-year-old Magnus Carlsen.

The Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis is hosting the event, and Executive Director Tony Rich expects heated matches that can hinge on a single move.

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