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.
On Thanksgiving weekend, a total 114 players (including seven Grandmasters) came to the Saint Louis Chess Club to compete for their share of $10,000. There were a lot of new faces in the Chess Club and lot of excitement in both sections (Open and U2000).
On a beautiful Saturday in the U.S. Chess Capital, two teams from cities on the opposite spectrum of Interstate 270 ventured to the premier Saint Louis Chess Club. Ten players from Chicago took on ten players from Memphis in a double round robin USCF Blitz rated event. In a double robin, each player faces each member of the opposing team twice (one game with white, one with black.) The match consisted of a whopping 200 games. The winner of the match would amass 100.5 game points.
The 2017 edition of the Bill Wright Saint Louis Open shows the continued growth of chess in Saint Louis. The open section had a total of 22 participants, 36 being titled, which included 6 GM’s and 2 WGM’s. Although this year’s field wasn’t the largest we’ve ever had, it certainly was one of the most densely talented.
The Winter Norm Invitational was held at the Saint Louis Chess Club from February 16-21. The norm tournaments have become a Club highlight, for they provide an excellent opportunity for players seeking their Grand Master (GM) and International Master (IM) norms.