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Known and Unknown Opponents

Your opponent opens with e4. Your speakers emit the synthesized sound of a piece thunking down on wood. You begin to wonder: What system does he hope to play? Is this his usual opening? Does he have experience with this or that line?

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

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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Bobby Fischer competes in the Piatigorsky Cup matches in 1966.

Help Grow Saint Louis and the CCSCSL

The Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis is competing for a Grow St. Louis grant -- and you can help! Vote for the CCSCSL as your favorite Saint Louis non-profit, where we will use the $20,000 grant to help expand our scholastic programming around the city. That amount will fund at least 22 instructional programs and reach over 500 students around St. Louis!

Visit the Grow Saint Louis Facebook page and vote for us -- once a day, through August 3!

 

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

This article was originally published on stlpublicradio.org on July 16.

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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Lecture with GM Bryan Smith (Steinitz vs. Zuckertort | 1st World Championship) - 2014.07.02

Chess Grandmaster Bryan Smith presents a game from the first World Championship match between Wilhelm Steinitz and Johannes Zuckertort. 

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On Chess: Role Models Abound For Saint Louis Girls

This article was originally posted on stlpublicradio.org on July 7.

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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irina krush

Player Profile: Ronit Kirumaki

A few weeks ago, while the U.S. Junior Closed was taking place upstairs in the tournament hall, we had our eye on another up-and-coming young player. Since 2012, 12-year-old Ronit Kirumaki and his father, Ashok, have been regular faces at the CCSCSL. From his humble beginnings as an enthusiastic amateur, Ronit has vaulted up through the classes and now sits on the cusp of Expert. Ronit is riding an outstanding hot streak, tying for first earlier this month in Open section of the Amateur and Premiere tournament with IM Levan Bregadze, and winning the Summer Slam Bash.

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

This article originally appeared on stlpublicradio.org on July 2.

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.

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kayden troff Kayden Troff with Tony Rich, of the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis

Schoolhouse Rook: Summer Camp Fun!

Ah, summer! It’s finally here. The kids have been waiting all semester for this long break from school and homework. For them, this vacation represents a break from the everyday routine of the academic year. That means extra fun and games, a chance to hang out with friends, meet new people, learn new skills and find entertaining activities.

Who needs structure? I’ve got vacation, right Mom and Dad?

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Grandmaster Varuzhan Akobian

Beginner Breakdown with Mike Kummer (Back-Rank Checkmate)

Mike Kummer presents a lecture for chess beginners on how to recognize, avoid and execute back-rank checkmate

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