The Bill Wright Saint Louis Open always proves to be an exciting event, and the 2019 edition was no exception. From class players looking to win some serious cash in the U2000, to open section underdogs hoping to knock off the tournament favorites, chess players of all kinds gather in Saint Louis every April to compete in the event.
The Sunday Spectacular brought out a lot of players, including many younger players in the Saint Louis Chess community. We had 63 players take to the boards and play in this 5 round, dual rated tournament.
For the month of June, the Saint Louis Chess Club held another multi-day tournament, the Premier and Amateur. From June 22-June 24, 62 players competed in the two sections (19 in the Premier, which was FIDE Rated, and 43 in the Amateur, which was USCF Rated and Under 2000).
The Bill Wright Saint Louis Open is one of the premier open tournaments hosted by the Saint Louis Chess Club and this year’s edition had 23 players in the Open section and 57 players in the Under 2000 section, for a total of 80 players. The time control for both sections of the tournament was 90 minutes with a 30 second increment starting on move one.
I had the pleasure of attending Round 3 of the World Chess Candidates Tournament in Berlin, Germany. And, with the great news of American Fabiano Caruana winning the tournament, I thought I'd share some of my experience.
This month, the Saint Louis Chess Club hosted the "3 to Get Ready" tournament on March 3rd with sections and prizes to reflect the interesting “3” concept. The tournament was played in 3 sections: an U3333 section, which had 8 players, an U1833 section which had 20 players, and an U1333 section which had 16 players.
The 10th Annual Metro Class Championship saw 69 players come and compete across 6 different sections. The time control was 90 minutes with a 30 second increment starting on Move 1.