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Our Resident Grandmaster: Ben Finegold

The Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis is excited to have GM Ben Finegold back as its Resident Grandmaster through the month of December. Moving to the area from Michigan in 2009, Finegold was the CCSCSL’s very first Resident, a position that leads all of the Club’s regular lectures and programming, and has since become a staple in the St. Louis chess scene.

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Arch Bishops Seek U.S. Chess League Championship

The 2014 U.S. Chess League championship match between the Saint Louis Arch Bishops and the Dallas Destiny will go live at 7:30 p.m. CT, with live commentary and analysis by GM Ben Finegold.


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Musings of a Resident GM: Seirawan on the World Championship

It is wonderful to be back at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis. And it is simply the best of times to be a chess enthusiast, as the crown jewel in the chess world -- the World Chess Championship Match between Champion Magnus Carlsen and Challenger Viswanathan Anand -- is in full swing. It has been a pleasure to watch the official website broadcasts:

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IM Kannappan wins 2014 Saint Louis Thanksgiving Open

IM Priyadharshan Kannappan overcame a strong field to win the 6th Annual Saint Louis Thanksgiving Open at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis on November 7-9. This year’s event featured a 47-player Open section with 17 titles, including Grandmasters Walter Browne, Ben Finegold and Fidel Corrales; along with two lower sections for a tournament total 91 players.

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USCL QUARTERFINALS: Saint Louis Seeks to Knock Out New Jersey

It’s playoff time for the 2014 U.S. Chess League, and Saint Louis is taking this win-or-go-home idea perhaps a bit too seriously. The Southern Division champions begin their playoff push in the quarterfinals, and the Arch Bishops aren’t just leaving losses out of sight, out of mind -- they’re leaving losses right out of the lineup.

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Player Profile: CCSCSL Instructor Jason Fredericks

The Chess Club has a solid team of associates and instructors who possess exceptional skill, knowledge and teaching styles. One of these chess gurus is Jason Fredericks, who recently joined our staff over the summer. Fredericks, 30 years old, currently holds a rating of 1982 and is the the number-one chess player from the country of Guyana, and still represents the South American federation as such. The youngest of four children, Fredericks was born in Guyana and moved to the U.S.

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Nakamura, Aronian to go Five Rounds in Showdown in Saint Louis

SAINT LOUIS (November 4, 2014) – From the same venue that hosts such high-quality events as the U.S. Championships and the global super-tournament Sinquefield Cup, the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis now presents a high-stakes slugfest between two of the world’s heavyweights.

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CCSCSL Welcomes GM Walter Browne

The Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis is thrilled to welcome legendary GM Walter Browne in his first visit to the U.S. Capital of Chess.

The legendary Browne, a six-time U.S. Champion and apparent king of the Open tournament, will participate in the Saint Louis Thanksgiving Open from Nov. 7-9 and surround the competition with several special lectures and discussions on life as an American chess hero throughout the 1970s and 80s.

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SUNDAY at the CCSCSL: WashU vs. Lindenwood Braggin' Rights

This Sunday, the Chess Club and Scholastic Center is hosting a special grudge match between two of Saint Louis’ collegiate chess programs: Lindenwood versus Washington University.

Sunday's match is the third annual meeting between the two Saint Louis programs, with Lindenwood winning the previous two. This year’s battle, however, has grown to its biggest and strongest field yet: The 2014 showdown features 12 boards, with several quality matchups on the top boards.

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