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On Chess: Role Models Abound For St. 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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Chess Club Lecture Series: Chess for Beginners

This series of lecture videos is designed to teach beginners basic strategy and to introduce tactical ideas. Watch and learn!

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Chess Club Lecture Series: Beginner/Intermediate

This video playlist contains all of our beginner/intermediate-level lectures, designed for the player who is just getting accustomed to tournament play.

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Chess Club Lecture Series: Intermediate

This video playlist contains all of our intermediate-level lectures, designed for the tournament-level club player.

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Chess Club Lecture Series: Advanced

This video playlist contains all of our advanced-level lectures, taught by some of the best players in the country!

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March in the 4th of July Parade!

The Chess Club is participating in the VP Parade that is going to be held in Forest Park this Friday, 4th of July.

We are excited to be a participant and will be having volunteers walking alongside the famous Chess Club Van.

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