On Saturday, December 15, the Saint Louis Chess Club hosted its Holiday Classic scholastic chess tournament. It was the 3rd tournament of the Grand Prix series and the final tournament of 2018. In an effort to finish the year strong, 240 players gathered at Cook Hall on the SLU campus to see who was the best of the best.
On Sunday, November 18, the Saint Louis Chess Club hosted its Turkey Tango scholastic chess tournament. Historically, the Turkey Tango tournament has always been the biggest scholastic tournament of the year. This year was no exception, as we had an impressive 241 players participate.
By Tony Chen, Scholastic Coordinator
In an effort to raise chess skill level in Saint Louis youths, the Saint Louis Chess Club (STLCC) implemented the Scholastic Chess Grand Prix to our monthly tournaments in order to award consistent tournament players last year. This year on Saturday, October 6, the STLCC added yet another incentive to young chess players by hosting its inaugural Scholastic Invitational Tournament to provide an opportunity for some high level scholastic competition.
As the summer heat dissipates and the fall breeze floats through, students go into full-on school mode as every school is in session. Even during these hectic times of homework and sports, 160 dedicated chess players congregated on September 22 at Gateway Middle School to battle for chess supremacy.
After spending a summer full of sun, fun, and naps, the competitive spirit of chess players remains high. During the scorching heat at summer’s end and back-to-school excitement, 150 dedicated chess players clashed on August 26 at John Burroughs High School to determine the top dog and earn a strong start to the school year.
The end of July usually marks the peak of vacation season and back to school madness. For 147 dedicated chess players, it was a chance to reign supreme in the scholastic chess world. On Saturday, July 28, the Saint Louis Chess Club hosted it’s 7th monthly scholastic tournament of the year.
June marks the beginning of summer and our scholastic tournaments are a way for students to escape the heat. Along with the blistering weather, the Summer Showdown chess tournament scorched the scholastic chess scene as 166 players from all over the country gathered to duke it out.
As the school year comes to an end, ideas for summer break begin to grow in everyone’s minds. Even with thoughts of fun in the sun, 180 dedicated young chess players gathered at Lindbergh High School on May 19 for the Mayhem In May Scholastic Chess Tournament.