A weekend in Vegas is always a great way to relax and blow off some steam, but now it’s back to the grind for Grandmaster Wesley So.
Saturday, October 11 was 2014 National Chess Day, and the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis celebrated the holiday with two tournaments: an afternoon rated-beginner’s event, limited to players rated below 1300; and an evening of blitz chess, in a nine-round tournament open to everyone.Twenty-four players, including seven unrated United States Chess Federation-newcomers, showed for NCD’s rated-beginner tournament. The four-round event featured a prize fund of $150 for an entry fee of just $5 -- though it was free for all new USCF signups.
With the exception of the U.S. Women’s Championship and kids’ classes on Sundays, sightings of lady chess players are few and far between around the Club. So any time an unknown woman walks through the front door of the Chess Club and Scholastic Center, there is much hope among the staff. Hope that she possesses a genuine interest in chess. Hope that she will become a member and boost our gender minority. Hope that she’s not just asking for directions around the Central West End.
The Saint Louis Arch Bishops maintained their first-place lead in the Southern Division of the United States Chess League with Tuesday night's 3-1 win over the Boston Blitz.
The Millionare Chess Open kicks off in Las Vegas today, featuring the largest prize fund in chess history! The CCSCSL held an exciting satellite tournament back in August, where the winner earned free $1,000-entry into the Millionaire -- as well as $500 cash!
The Saint Louis Chess Club wants you to celebrate National Chess Day on Saturday, Oct. 11! We're featuring two different tournaments -- one for experienced zugzwangers, and another for brand new pawnpushers!
This column appeared on St. Louis Public Radio on Oct. 9, 2014
This Saturday, Oct. 11 is National Chess Day -- though only unofficially, because nobody cares.
That’s not from a lack of continued effort on the part of chess players, however, as plenty have cared about such a recognized holiday dating all the way back to its inception in 1976.
Under normal circumstances, a half-point from a match between Grandmasters wouldn’t be considered half-bad. But lately, those draws have been making Saint Louis Arch Bishops general manager Alex Marler break out in a full sweat.
One of the strongest rooms in chess was assembled after the 2014 Sinquefield Cup for an exhibition titled "Ultimate Moves." The light-hearted event featured amateur chess players Randy and Rex Sinquefield (centered), who both received some legendary Grandmaster kibitzing throughout a series of games. From left, World Champion Magnus Carlsen, Hikaru Nakamura, former World Champion Veselin Topalov, Yasser Seirawan, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Fabiano Caruana (standing) and another former World Champion, Garry Kasparov