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2019 Saint Louis Chess Club Year Calendar

Chess Club staff always excited for new visitors and members!

In 2018, the Saint Louis Chess Club celebrated its 10 year anniversary with events and tournaments for players of all skill levels. Looking back, the Chess Club has had the honor of hosting some of the greatest national U.S. Championships, along with international tournaments with former and current World Champions. As a Chess Club, we couldn’t ask for more and the support from the Saint Louis and larger chess community has been outstanding.


Now, we look to a new year with excitement and anticipation for all the great chess that is to come. For the first time ever, we will be hosting a tournament with the top 10 female players from around the world for the Cairns Cup. It is our hope that it encourages determined, young chess playing females to continue playing the game we love so dearly. We will also be adding the U.S. Collegiate Rapid & Blitz Championship to our calendar to be held at Saint Louis University. In adding these events, we always consider our mission, which is to spread the educational benefits of chess to children. These kinds of tournaments show youth that not only is chess a game that teaches important life less, like patience, strategy, and problem solving, but it can also further your educational goals by providing scholarships to major universities and, in some cases, a career.


See below for information about our 2019 calendar of tournaments that will be streamed online:

  • Cairns Cup: February 5–16, 2019

  • Champions Showdown: The Kings: February 20–24, 2019

  • Spring Chess Classic: March 1–11, 2019

  • U.S. Collegiate Rapid & Blitz Championships: March 16–17, 2019

  • U.S. & U.S. Women's Championships: March 18–April 1, 2019

  • Saint Louis Norm Congress: May 15–22, 2019

  • Summer Chess Classic: June 17–27, 2019

  • U.S. Junior & U.S. Girls' Junior Championships: July 10–21, 2019

  • Sinquefield Cup: August 8–25, 2019

  • Champions Showdown: Chess 960: August 25–September 7, 2019

  • Fall Chess Classic: September 4–14, 2019

  • Winter Chess Classic: November 9–19, 2019

  • Saint Louis Norm Invitational: November 21–28, 2019


Our tournaments are not only for the elite chess players around the world, but we also offer open tournaments for players looking for fun and friendly competition, scholastic tournaments for students, and even chess summer camps to enhance and develop children’s understanding of the game. If you are not an avid player of chess but enjoy commentary and world class competition, check our YouTube channel as we stream all major tournaments (list above), as well as all Grand Chess Tour events.


*Dates are confirmed but always subject to change.