During Thanksgiving, many of us will reflect upon our blessings this past year. Here at the Saint Louis Chess Club, we are sincerely grateful for the support given by our chess players, family members, and community partners. As a result of everyone’s cooperation, the Turkey Tango Chess Tournament at SLU’s Center for Global Citizenship drew a record-breaking 207 participants!
The Halloween Havoc Chess Tournament held on October 29 at SLU marked the one year anniversary for the Saint Louis Chess Club’s monthly scholastic tournament series. As George Bernard Shaw once said, “Progress is impossible without change.” In that spirit, a Chess Grand Prix element was added to the monthly scholastic tournaments to encourage more participation and to make the school year more exciting.
School is back in session, and the Back to School Bash Scholastic Tournament resounded like the first bell on the first day of school. Loud and exciting! This tournament also heralded the very first Scholastic Tournament across the river. Always college bound, 93 students made their way to Lindenwood University of Belleville on September 23rd to test themselves over the board. One of many more to come.
Dog Day Duels. The name says it all. Even 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, 111 dedicated chess players clashed on August 27th on the SLU campus to determine the top dog and earn a strong start to the school year.
The weather wasn’t the only thing that’s been heating up in the month of July, as there was another scorchingly successful monthly scholastic chess tournament courtesy of the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis (CCSCSL). On Saturday, July 29th, the Squares & Stripes Scholastic Chess Tournament held on SLU campus at Cook Hall brought a strong finish to the last tournament before the school year.
Every year, the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis (CCSCSL) partners with the Demetrious Johnson Charitable Foundation to introduce chess to students during summer camps at the Demetrious Johnson Center (DJC). This summer, the partnership continued on with the CCSCSL providing chess classes and hosting a chess tournament to complete the camp on July 11th.