Grandmaster Alejandro Ramirez presents a lecture at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis where he analyzes chess compositions.
This article was originally published on stlpublicradio.org on May 28.
The words “watch your back” have never rung so clear.
The 2014 national championships are less than two weeks old, but as America’s heavyweights retreat to their corners, the class of tomorrow has already hopped into the ring.
SAINT LOUIS (May 27, 2014) -- On the heels of the recently concluded 2014 U.S. Championships, some of the top players in the country once again are converging upon Saint Louis for the 2014 Saint Louis Invitational. This event is actually two separate 10-player round robins, one a GM Norm event and the other an IM Norm event.
As is tradition, Saint Louis Mayor Francis Slay joined us in congratulating the competitors at the 2014 U.S. Championship and U.S. Women's Championship closing ceremony. This year however, the Mayor brought along one of the city's highest honors. After thanking Jeanne and Rex Sinquefield for their support of chess in Saint Louis and their philanthropic efforts throughout the city, Mayor Slay presented Jeanne and Rex with a key to the city of Saint Louis.
You were expecting someone else?
The tight drama of the 2014 U.S. Championships turned out to be all for show. Several of the nation’s top 22 players took turns stealing headlines and taking their shots at the top, but when the dust of the near two-week long fight cleared, the two champions left standing were the same two champions as before.
SAINT LOUIS (May 19, 2014) -- The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines it as a “vast, decisive conflict or confrontation.” The Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis agrees.
Armageddon will hit Saint Louis on Tuesday, as the 2014 U.S. Chess Championships spill into overtime for one final day of reckoning. Both tournaments have gone fully around-the-robin, seeing 11 rounds of play in the U.S. Championship and 9 rounds of play in the U.S. Women’s Championship - but America’s top chess talent refuses to stop fighting.
SAINT LOUIS (May 19, 2014) -- Three has become a crowd.
Monday brings the final round for the 2014 U.S. Chess Championships and, in both races, three players are crowding the finish line. In the U.S. Championship, leaders Varuzhan Akobian and Aleksandr Lenderman (6.5/10) were able to break away from the pack over the weekend, but could not shake each other after both drawing their respective games on Sunday.
SAINT LOUIS (May 18, 2014) -- Irina Krush has decided to play this one out.
Only one round remains in the 2014 U.S. Women’s Championship, though for a moment, it wasn’t entirely clear the extra day would be needed. The five-time reigning champion Krush skidded into the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis on Saturday afternoon, having just suffered three straight draws and falling a full point behind the leader’s pace.
SAINT LOUIS (May 17, 2014) -- Rest days are meant for relaxation and preparation, a chance to collect one’s self and focus on the finish line. It’s a time to tighten up your stride for the home stretch.
But nobody got the memo in Saint Louis.