During July, were the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis [CCSCSL] to have a motto; certainly it would be “The Summer of Chess”. Indeed, we might say that it is the Summer of Youth Chess.
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.
I remember the first time I met a chess Grandmaster. It was the winter of 1999, and GM Sergey Kudrin came through Saint Louis to play against dozens of people at the same time. With just a couple hundred Grandmasters in the world, this was a rare opportunity for amateur players to match wits with a chess professional.
By GM Alejandro Ramirez
I remember it rather clearly, though it was over ten years ago. I hadn't moved yet to America, and at that point I wasn't even sure that I would. I was sitting in my bedroom back in Costa Rica, watching the Topalov-Kasparov game. Kasparov would win Linares even if he lost, which he did... quite typical actually, Kasparov dominating a tournament. And then the news broke out: Kasparov was retiring.
The Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis is excited to be a part of Give STL Day, a 24-hour giving event that brings together nearly 800 nonprofit organizations from around the Saint Louis area!
The giving period is Tuesday May 5 only, and we hope to have your support in pushing our scholastic initiative to over 5,000 Saint Louis area students, while setting a national example of the social and educational values of chess.
All of the CCSCSL’s regular weekly programming will stay current during the 2015 U.S. Championships, except for the Sunday afternoon kids classes. That means another installment of our Monthly Knights tournament, which pairs players with one game a week every Wednesday evening for a Swiss tournament that lasts the whole month long!
Join us for the Opening Ceremony of the 2015 U.S. Chess Championships on Tuesday, March 31 at the Saint Louis Art Museum.
The Opening Ceremony will begin Tuesday night at 6:00 p.m. with a cocktail hour, followed by opening remarks from several special guests, including CCSCSL founder Rex Sinquefield and St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay. Inductions will be made to both the U.S. and World Chess Halls of Fame, and 24 of America’s finest players will be introduced in the 2015 Drawing of Lots, unfolding the exciting schedule of the upcoming event.