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December Knights tourney recap

[imagefield_assist|fid=1719|preset=frontpage_200x200|lightbox=true|title=|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=200|height=200]The December Knights saw a familiar face sweep the field as Paul Mechem took first in the last Knights event of 2009.

The 5.0/5.0 perfomance puts him just eight points shy of his goal of becoming an expert. Mechem had previously qualified for the 2010 Club Championship by winning the June Knights. Therefore, the second place finisher for this Knight's event was lined up to grab the invitational spot.

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Ben Finegold interviewed on Chess.FM


Grandmaster Ben Finegold joins IM John Watson on Chess Talk. Finegold is America's latest addition to the ranks of GM. Although this show is restricted to ICC members only, Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis members can listen to this show in full by going to this link:

Life certainly begins at 40 for Finegold, who, after years of trying and being ranked as one of the most experienced IMs in the U.S., has now finally become a GM! Ben is also set for for a career move away from his normal habitat of Michigan to the burgeoning American chess mecca at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center ...

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Central West End Association to honor CCSCSL with award

[imagefield_assist|fid=1738|preset=frontpage_200x200|lightbox=true|title=|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=200|height=200]SAINT LOUIS – The Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis will receive the Renaissance Award from the Central West End Association at its annual meeting on Jan. 11. The annual award recognizes groups, corporations or associations that have made a significant, positive economic or social impact on the survival or comeback of the Central West End.

The club renovated the building at 4657 Maryland Ave., turning it into a gleaming, technologically sophisticated chess center that opened in July 2008. Many chess experts have described it as the finest chess club in the country ... 

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CCSCSL featured on

[imagefield_assist|fid=1645|preset=frontpage_200x200|lightbox=true|title=|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=200|height=200]A new chess Web site,, recently featured the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis as one of the top chess clubs in the country.

While this information is old news to our members, the recognition of the CCSCSL as the elite chess club in the country is quickly becoming national in scope. As we prepare for a new year and the 2010 U.S. Championship, word of our programming, our mission and our world-class facility is spreading across the nation and across the globe.

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EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Irina Krush Prophylaxis Lecture: Segment 1

[imagefield_assist|fid=1639|preset=frontpage_200x200|lightbox=true|title=|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=200|height=200]SAINT LOUIS -- In the first of this video series, International Master Irina Krush focuses on prophylaxis, which is simply moving in a way that hinders your opponent's plans. Using both visual aids and crowd participation, Krush takes us through two puzzles from the book, Perfect Your Chess.

With her natural, easy style, it's simple for those of us who are not IMs to follow the more complex lines to completion. Part lecture, part demonstration, this first installment expresses prophylaxis in easy-to-understand terms and prepares you for the next in the series. Click read more to view the video!

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Chess for Life volunteers gather at Siteman Cancer Center

[imagefield_assist|fid=1733|preset=frontpage_200x200|title=|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=200|height=200]SAINT LOUIS -- Chess For Life, a chess-playing program designed to brighten the lives of cancer patients and caregivers during treatment, celebrated its volunteer kickoff with its first Open Play Day for patients, caregivers and visitors.

Volunteers and staff from the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis manned seven chess boards in the Siteman Cancer Center’s seventh-floor reception area. Patients in treatment were also invited to play with a volunteer who then was able to bring the game to them in their treatment area.

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Ben Finegold and Iryna Zenyuk interviewed at King's Island Open

[imagefield_assist|fid=1641|preset=frontpage_200x200|title=|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=200|height=200]CINCINNATI -- Grandmaster Ben Finegold finished in a four-way tie for first place at the King's island Open in Cincinnati with a score of 4.0/5.0. Three other players, Seth Homa, FM Peter Bereolos and FM Andrew Karklins also finished with four points. Because of tiebreaks, Finegold brought home $1,220, which was slightly more than the $1,140 that each of the other three first-place finishers received.

WIM Iryna Zenyuk also had an excellent tournament as her 3.5/5.0 performance secured a share of fifth place. The USCF's JW Holes was on hand to interview Finegold and Zenyuk following their performance.

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Game Analysis: Camilla Baginskaite vs. Sabina Foisor

[imagefield_assist|fid=1731|preset=frontpage_200x200|title=|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=200|height=200]SAINT LOUIS -- Sabina Foisor offers expert analysis of her Round 9 game against second-place finisher Camilla Baginskaite at the 2009 U.S. Women's Chess Championship. This is just one example of the superb fighting chess the participants of the championship displayed throughout a thrilling week.

Baginskaite proved to be a tough opponent as she took second place overall in the tournament. Foisor's analysis offers superb insight into a stellar game between these two competitors. The CCSCSL would like to congratulate all of the women who competed in the 2009 U.S. Women's Championship.

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Thanksgiving Open draws record turnout

[imagefield_assist|fid=1730|preset=frontpage_200x200|title=|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=200|height=200]SAINT LOUIS -- The Thanksgiving Open, held Saturday, Nov. 28 at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis, was a resounding success. The 59-player field was the largest in club history, and the $2,000 prize fund drew players from all over the state.

Kansas City delivered a large contingent of players to help fill out the field. A few players even traveled from as far as Indiana to take part in the post-holiday event. The field was broken up into Master/Expert, A, B, C, D and U1200.

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Students shine at National Youth Action tourney

[imagefield_assist|fid=1734|preset=frontpage_200x200|title=|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=200|height=200]SAINT LOUIS -- The Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis further established itself as the elite chess club in the country at the 2009 National Youth Action tournament held in Oakbrook, Ill., last weekend.

Students Kevin Cao, Jialin Ding, Isaiah Gadson, William Tong and William Nesham represented the CCSCSL in the K-9 division and finished with a combined score of 29 points out of a possible 36, easily securing first place.

Twelve-year-olds Kevin and Jialin were part of a three-way tie for first place ...

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