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In Memory of Adonis Reddick

Adonis was more than merely a member at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis. He was a fixture on the Saint Louis chess scene.

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Transferring Skills Learned Playing Chess to Problem-Solving in Mathematics

Our synthesis of chess research demonstrated a link between students’ academic performance and chess instruction. Researchers Roberto Trinchero, professor at the University of Turin, and Giovanni Sala, a graduate student at the University of Liverpool, have taken the research a step further by investigating whether certain types of chess instruction are responsible for student gains.

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Ed Gonsalves: the Chess Superfan

During the U.S. Championship, we see many fans come into the Chess Club to enjoy the coverage of the event. However, none seem to enjoy the Championships as much as Ed Gonsalves. Ed could be seen at the Club during every round—getting as many signatures and pictures with the competitors as possible.

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An Ancient Game Moves New Minds: Using Chess in Rural Indian Schools

While there are many origin stories for the game of chess, the earliest iteration of the game is attributed to India. Invented by a philosopher in the 6th century, Shaturanga, a predecessor to modern chess, was meant to capture the strategy and skill of the battlefield in a game.

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Inmates and Checkmates: Using Chess in Prisons

Since the 1970s, the incarcerated population of the United States has more than quadrupled. Currently, nearly 2.24 million individuals reside in U.S. facilities comprising over 20 percent of the global prison population. Additionally, research has found high rates of recidivism among released prisoners which are as high as 75 percent within the first 5 years.

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Simul at the Science Center: The Chess Club Does First Friday

By Lulu Wojcik

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Science Center, First Fridays, Chess

Bill Wright Saint Louis Open

Always a popular and well-attended tournament, the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis hosted the 7th annual Bill Wright Saint Louis Open from Friday, April 1, to Sunday, April 3. Before the tournament began, local chess player and Chess Club member Ken West gave a moving speech about Bill Wright, reminding everyone of the dear friend the chess community has lost.

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Bill Wright, Open, Rated, Tournament, 2016

Chess Keeps Aging Populations Young at Heart

Worldwide, our population is aging. Advances in technology and medicine have lengthened the global average life expectancy to over 80 years according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). Unfortunately, this increase in the length of life hasn’t necessarily been accompanied by an increase in the quality of life. Many elderly struggle with depression, isolation and mental deterioration.

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Gentleman playing chess outside

New Research Explores How Chess May Lead to Improvements in Academic Performance

Examining whether chess influences academic performance has been a popular area of research. Many researchers have looked at whether participation in chess programs promotes greater academic achievement in students. 

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2016 Parkway District Championship Draws in 151 Participants

The 2016 Parkway District Championship took place at Parkway Central High School on Saturday, March 12. This year the tournament hosted one of its larger fields, with a total of 151 students. Participants from grades K-12 played in five rounds of fifteen minute games.

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