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.
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.
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.
Nearly 25 Girl Scouts from a variety of troops came together at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis (CCSCSL) on Saturday, March 5 for a fun-filled day that included a tour of the World Chess Hall of Fame and an instructive lesson from resident GM Varuzhan Akobian.
Saint Louis has established itself as the chess capital of America; therefore, it is its duty to host the most important national event of the year: the U.S. Championship and the U.S. Women's Championship
The Thanksgiving Open, the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis’ most attended of the 2015 tournaments, took place November 27th-29th and featured players from as far away as Canada as well as titled players from here in Saint Louis. Notable players included Grandmasters Alex Shimanov, Ben Finegold and Ashwin Jayaram, International Masters Michael Brooks and Priyadharshan Kannappan, and National Masters Nick Karlow and Matthew Larson. The prize fund was $10,000 with top prize for the open section being $1,500.
The 2015 Showdown in Saint Louis at the Saint Louis Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis took place November 12 – 15, 2015. The Showdown showcased America’s two highest rated grandmasters: U.S. Chess Champion, Hikaru Nakamura versus Fabiano Caruana. In a second match-up, Chinese Grandmaster and former Women’s World Champion, Hou Yifan, played against Indian Grandmaster Parimarjan Negi. Whenever the two best players in any discipline square off against one another, it is an occasion to be savored.