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Carlsen Returns
11:13 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

On Chess: 2014 Sinquefield Cup Will Be Even Stronger Than Last Year’s Powerhouse

Jeanne and Rex Sinquefield presented Magnus Carlsen with the 2013 Sinquefield Cup.
Credit Provided by the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis

Just announced was the 2014 Sinquefield Cup, the encore to last year's megalith international competition that delivered four of the world's most-elite chess players to the Central West End.

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Opening July 24
10:53 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

On Chess: Hall Of Fame Exhibit Peeks Inside The Complex Mind Of Bobby Fischer

Bobby Fischer competes in the Piatigorsky Cup matches in 1966.
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The name Bobby Fischer is synonymous with outstanding intellect, intimidating competitiveness and intense focus.  His is a uniquely American success story that nearly everyone has heard - even if they can’t tell a rook from a bishop.

So what makes Fischer so captivating?

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The Under 5 Crowd
10:47 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

On Chess: World Chess Hall Of Fame Brings Chess Concepts to Early Learners

Getting ready for chess
Credit World Chess Hall of Fame

Bobby Fischer was the youngest-ever American Grandmaster, a title that took him 15 years, 6 months and 1 day to collect. That is, until Hikaru Nakamura came along, besting Bobby by three months and earning the title as the new youngest-ever American GM.

That is, until Ray Robson came along, notching his elite title two weeks before he turned 15.

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Polgar, Sharevich, Krush
9:45 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

On Chess: Role Models Abound For St. Louis Girls

Susan Polgar coaching Wesley So
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It’s a great time to be a St. Louis girl in chess, I think. Just look at what surrounds them: Webster University coach Susan Polgar is adding something new to her resume. Right there at the bottom of page 11.

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Kayden Troff wins
9:57 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

On Chess: Triple Crowns Bestowed In St. Louis, Carlsen May Return

Kayden Troff with Tony Rich, of the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis.
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The Triple Crown of chess is complete, in more ways than one.

Just this past week, Grandmaster Kayden Troff, 16, snagged the U.S. Junior Closed Championship crown after nine rounds of fierce competition against the top players under 21 in the nation. Troff finished the event in style, winning his final four games to finish a point and a half ahead of the rest of the field.

The newly anointed grandmaster took home the $3,000 first-place prize but, more important, earned a ticket to compete in the 2015 U.S. Championship, which will be held in St. Louis next year.

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Junior Closed Championship
10:36 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

On Chess: Top Juniors Compete In St. Louis For National Crown

Left to Right. Jeffrey Xiong, Kayden Troff, Sam Sevian and Ashritha Eswaran, with Garry Kasparov, seated.
Credit Provided by the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis

Thursday night marks the opening ceremony of the 2014 U.S. Junior Closed Championship, the national title event for the top players under 21. The tournament is the third installment of America’s Championships annually hosted by the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis, a parallel to the U.S. Championship and Women’s event, which took place simultaneously last month.

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Wesley So
9:56 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

On Chess: World Contender Must Wait To Play For U.S. Team

Wesley So
Credit Courtesy of Susan Polgar

They say good things come to those who wait. Unfortunately, that’s shaping up to be true.

Wesley So, the 15th highest-rated chess player in the world with a FIDE rating of 2744, recently announced his intentions to switch to the U.S. Chess Federation (from the Philippines’ federation) for reasons rather obvious: He’s already here -- and he seems to like it.

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Red Knight
10:12 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

On Chess: Circus Flora Plays Both Sides Of The Board

Credit Circus Flora

The word circus conjures several interpretations, a different idea according to every one’s experience. Many of those definitions, as Circus Flora teaches us, can brilliantly oppose each other in both harmony and balance – and that the chess player can appreciate.

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Priyadharshan Kannappan
9:59 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

On Chess: Grandmaster Hopefuls Compete In St. Louis

International Master Priyadharshan Kannappan is seeking his second GM norm.
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The words “watch your back” have never rung so clear.

The 2014 national championships are less than two weeks old, but as America’s heavyweights retreat to their corners, the class of tomorrow has already hopped into the ring.

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Overtime
4:32 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

On Chess: Armageddon Looms Today In U.S. Championships Finale

Aleksandr Lenderman will be playing for his first U.S. Championship.
Credit Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis

UPDATE 4:36 p.m.: Irina Krush is the U.S. Women's Chess Champion after winning the playoff against Tatev Abrahamyan 1-1/2 to 1/2. 

UPDATE 4:32 p.m.: Gata Kamsky is the U.S. Chess Champion after winning the playoff against Varuzhan Akobian 1-1/2 to 1/2. The women's match continues.

UPDATE 3:30 p.m.: In the first of two rapid matches for the U.S. Championship, Varuzhan Akobian drew the white pieces but fell into time trouble against Gata Kamsky. Akobian managed to hold off the reigning champion for a draw.

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