As May 7th inches closer and closer, an aura of anticipation and excitement has been steadily building around the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis. Beginners and Masters alike are teeming with enthusiasm, and many of them for different reasons. Whether it is the chance to watch live analysis by top class GMs , observe some of the most competitive chess games ever played in Saint Louis, or the opportunity to meet some of the brightest chess minds in the United States, the 2009 U.S.
The Chess Club and Scholastic Center is always working to promote scholastic chess as an educational tool. In an effort to greater understand curricular chess, it is good to look to current examples as to what chess can be in an educational setting. This month, we'll take a quick look at Chess in the Schools, the New York City based organization that brings chess to thousands of students each year.
CCSCSL is proud to present the U.S. Chess Championships tournament in May 2009.
The invitations have been sent and the RSVP's received. The player listing (by rank) is as follows:
Some of the nation’s best and best-known players are competing in the field of 24 competing for more than $200,000 in prize money. Included on that list will be St. Louisan Charles Lawton, the only African-American contestant but also a man who relishes the opportunity to compete on a grand stage.
St. Louisan Charles Lawton is up to the challenge of facing the best players in U.S. Chess Championship
ST. LOUIS, April 17, 2009 -- When the 2009 U.S. Chess Championship is held in St. Louis in May, some of the nation’s best and best-known players will be in the field of 24 competing for more than $200,000 in prize money. Included on that list will be St. Louisan Charles Lawton, the only African-American contestant but also a man who relishes the opportunity to compete on a grand stage.
The tournament will take place May 7 through 17 at the new Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis, a not-for-profit, 501(c)3 organization that opened in July 2008. Founded by retired investment fund manager Rex Sinquefield, it already has more than 500 members, surpassing its original goal of 300 for its first year of operation by 67 percent. Steve Goldberg of United States Chess Federation (USCF) Online has called the club “certainly one of the most impressive chess centers” in the country. For more information, visit www.saintlouischessclub.org or call 314-361-CHESS.
Richard Benjamin(2200) swept the competition 5-0 achieving the title of Club Champion. The Club Championship was a 6 player Round Robin comprised of the winners of each monthly "Knights" tournaments. Richard Benjamin faced off against the #2 seed Jim Voelker in the first round which turned out to be a pivotal game. The Master outlasted Voelker in a difficult endgame to give him his only loss of the tourney.
3 year old Abby Delf attended the Kids Only Beginner Chess Lessons on March 22, 2009.
In case you're wondering about the adorable pout on Abby's face, it has a lot to do with her losing all of her "people" during a pawn game with one of the class instructors.
Abby is the youngest granddaughter of CCSCSL board member Mike Lueken. I caught up with the proud grandpa to get his take on the whole ordeal.
The Reigning Kings of American Chess are Coming to St. Louis to Compete in the United States Chess Championship in May
The reigning kings of American chess are coming to Saint Louis to compete in the United States Chess Championship in May.
Gata Kamsky, rated first on the U.S. Chess Federation’s overall rating list, second-ranked Hikaru Nakamura and third-ranked Alexander Onischuk have accepted invitations to the tournament, which will be held at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis. Also participating will be Yury Shulman, who will be defending his 2008 U.S. Championship title.
These four players formed the 2008 Bronze Medal Olympic team, along with Varuzhan Akobian, who is also confirmed to play in Saint Louis.
The 2009 U.S. Championship is fastly approaching! There are 24 players who will be participating in this year's tournament of all ages, including one player who is just 14! We are pleased to announce the following chess luminaries have accepted their invitation to compete in the 2009 U.S. Championship and will be in Saint Louis this May. Check back often for updates!