One of the elements that sets the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis as one of the nation’s premier chess facilities is our constant rotation of Resident Grandmasters -- though this time, we’re making a very special exception.
With the exception of the U.S. Women’s Championship and kids’ classes on Sundays, sightings of lady chess players are few and far between around the Club. So any time an unknown woman walks through the front door of the Chess Club and Scholastic Center, there is much hope among the staff. Hope that she possesses a genuine interest in chess. Hope that she will become a member and boost our gender minority. Hope that she’s not just asking for directions around the Central West End.
This column appeared on St. Louis Public Radio on Oct. 9, 2014
This Saturday, Oct. 11 is National Chess Day -- though only unofficially, because nobody cares.
That’s not from a lack of continued effort on the part of chess players, however, as plenty have cared about such a recognized holiday dating all the way back to its inception in 1976.
The Monday Knights tournaments are a great feature to those players who have the competitive itch -- but not enough time to commit to weekend events.
Players gathered at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis on Saturday, September 27 with thoughts of Thanksgiving. Saturday’s $5 Satellite Tournament brought out 30 players to compete across three sections for prizes of pride, ratings points -- and the chance to earn free entry into the Thanksgiving Open and its $4,000 prize fund on November 7.
Join the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis in welcoming back the legendary GM Yasser Seirawan as its Resident Grandmaster! GM Seirawan has become a staple within the rotating position, which features one of the nation’s premier players leading all of the Club’s programming during their stay in Saint Louis.
It is a question commonly posed to Grandmasters -- business-suit wearing giants with perennially furrowed brows, constantly wrinkled above troubled looks of genuine stress -- can you still have fun?
It was 8:30 on a Monday night, and the 2014 Sinquefield Cup -- the strongest chess tournament in history -- was over. The oppressive, tense atmosphere of “event mode” was gone, and the Club was no longer packed with giddy fans seeking autographs. The closing ceremony had finished up the night before, the shiny Cup had been hoisted by GM Fabiano Caruana and his transcendent performance. The excitement, for a fan like me, had already passed its zenith.
Finally, the Chess Club was returning back to its normal, relaxing state. Or so I thought.
SAINT LOUIS (July 29, 2014) -- The 2014 Sinquefield Cup will be the highest-rated tournament in the history of chess, bringing six of the world’s top-nine Grandmasters together at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis.
Last year, the inaugural super-tournament thrilled spectators as the strongest chess competition ever held on U.S. soil. For its 2014 encore, beginning August 27 to September 7, the tournament will be the strongest ever held on earth, its six players averaging a historical peak FIDE rating of 2802.