chess

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

dullhunk Flickr

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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Features
5:00 am
Fri May 3, 2013

Chess Star On The Rise: 12 Year Old Diamond Shakoor Climbs The Ranks Of The Game

Shakoor sets up a chess board while her father, Abdul, talks with a group of young women who have stayed after school to learn chess. The Shakoors have instructed students at Gateway Elementary over the course of the school year.
Erin Willams

At the age of seven, it’s safe to say that most kids want to be just like their parents – walk like them, act like them, work like them. For Diamond Shakoor, that meant being intrigued by her dad Abdul, who at the time was teaching older kids on how to play chess. “I asked him one day if I could play and he was like ‘Sure, if you stop getting in trouble in school.’ And so that’s how the journey started," she says. 

Teach her he did, and now, after playing in nearly 250 tournaments, she’s unstoppable.

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The Two-Way
2:56 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

Webster Celebrates College Chess Title, As New Hire Pays Off

Webster University chess coach Susan Polgar, second from left, won two national titles at Texas Tech. When Webster hired Polgar last year, the entire Tech team followed her to St. Louis.
Alan Greenblatt NPR

Originally published on Mon April 8, 2013 2:47 pm

If there's no such thing as bad publicity, how much is good publicity worth? Webster University wants to find out.

Last year, the university didn't have a chess team. On Sunday, its team took home the national college championship, the President's Cup, after winning what is often called the "Final Four" of chess.

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Arts & Culture
12:06 pm
Mon December 17, 2012

St. Louis Scores A Checkmate For International Students

Inside the Chess Club and Scholastic Center on Maryland Avenue. Chess boards are linked to a computer system that is reflected on television screens, allowing for games to be watched and tracked in real time.
Erin Williams/St. Louis Public Radio

Young people from across the world are turning St. Louis into the premiere international location for chess. This academic year marks the first that Webster and Lindenwood Universities are spearheading new competitive programs and offering scholarships to students from around the world. Those are among the moves in recent years that has allowed the city to emerge as one of the best and brightest hubs for the complex board game’s talent.

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Game Changers
2:49 pm
Wed May 16, 2012

St. Louisan, chess champ Nakamura: Next Bobby Fischer?

Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis

Originally published on Fri May 11, 2012 4:32 pm

At the U.S. Chess Championships under way in St. Louis, all eyes are on America's top-ranked player, and the favorite going into the tournament, Hikaru Nakamura.

During the past decade, Nakamura has made a name for himself as the new superstar of American chess, and with it, he's become a kind of spokesperson for a game that hasn't been too popular in this country since the days of world champion Bobby Fischer.

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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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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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