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A slow start: Rounds 1-3
By Alex Vergilesov
The eagles have landed … on the chess board! Forty-six students at Clark Elementary School in Webster Groves have joined the CCSCSL’s scholastic program. The group was split into three classes, by grade level, and three instructors give lessons simultaneously at the facility on Tuesdays. It is one of the biggest individual programs in the CCSCSL scholastic chess program.
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SAINT LOUIS, October 13, 2011 -- GM Gata Kamsky and IM Anna Zatonskih will look to defend their respective crowns next May in Saint Louis.
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By Mike Kummer
The 2-on-2 Team Championship featured 18 teams, and couple of college students upset a few of the favorites to claim the title.
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By Alex Vergilesov
[imagefield_assist|fid=13957|preset=fullsize|lightbox=true|title=FM Doug Eckert's victory over FM Robby Adamson delivered the knock-out punch for the Arch Bishops.|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=700|height=467]
The fourth round of the U.S. Chess League was pivotal for both teams, since the Scorpions were 1-2 and the Arch Bishops a paltry 0-3! But we were able to get on the scoreboard with a real team effort.
[imagefield_assist|fid=13532|preset=fullsize|lightbox=true|title=GM Ben Finegold, IM Jacek Stopa and IM Marc Arnold look on as GM Hikaru Nakamura accepts his prize from Tony Rich. Jennifer Shahade, center and Chris Bird, right, look on.|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=700|height=467]
By Aviv Friedman