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Chess Carnival at Mo. History Museum



SAINT LOUIS, January 25, 2010 -- This Sunday, the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis and the Missouri History Museum will put on a Chess Carnival in conjunction with the exhibit Treasures of NAPOLEON. Join Grandmaster (GM) Ben Finegold and chess club staff at the History Museum's MacDermott Grand Hall from noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Janaury 30.

Finegold, one of the highest-rated chess players in the U.S., will put on a chess spectacle as he takes on multiple players simultaneously. He will even demonstrate the amazing ability to play multiple opponents at the same time while wearing a blindfold! Finegold will have to keep track of multiple games and complicated chess positions with only his mind's eye.

The Chess Carnival will include puzzles and games for players of all skill levels and is a great way to learn more about the world's most popular game!

The History Museum exhibit Treasures of NAPOLEON offers visitors the rare opportunity to look into the private life of Napoleon Bonaparte, the famed emperor of France, by presenting historic artifacts, personal possessions and world-class works of art. Napoleon was an avid chess player throughout his life, which could have been a contributing factor to his legend as a great general. Treasures of NAPOLEON runs through April 3, but the special Chess Carnival is one day only on January 30.

GM Ben Finegold has participated in the past two U.S. Chess Championships and was hired as the Resident GM at the Chess Club in Janaury 2010. He offers one-on-one private lessons, and delivers monthly lectures free for chess club members. Club membership costs just $5 per month for students or $30 per year, or $12 per month for adults or $80 per year. Finegold has already accepted an invitation to play in the 2011 U.S. Championship, scheduled to be held in St. Louis April 13-28.

We hope to see you there!