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Ready to Play! Opening Ceremony - 2009 US Women's Chess Championship

Last night's Opening Ceremony for the 2009 US Women's Chess Championship set the tone for tournament play, which will begin today at 2:00 p.m. at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis.  After opening remarks from CCSCSL Founder Rex Sinquefield, the 28th Ward Alderman Lyda Krewson, Saint Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley, Official Arbiter Carol Jarecki and former Champion Jennifer Shahade, players began the drawing of the lots.  Jarecki announced the pairings and the 10 players dazzled the audience playing a team blindfold chess match against each other.

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