[imagefield_assist|fid=15090|preset=fullsize|title=The competitors of the 2012 U.S. Championships stand in front of the world's largest chess piece, which was unveiled today in Saint Louis. The piece stands 14 feet, 6 inches tall and weighs more than 2,200 pounds.|desc=|link=none|origsize=|align=left|width=700|height=467]
[imagefield_assist|fid=15084|preset=fullsize|lightbox=true|title=IM Enrico Sevillano missed out on a GM norm by just one point at the Invitational, but he came back to finish T-1st place in the Bill Wright Saint Louis Open.|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=700|height=467]
By GM Ben Finegold
[imagefield_assist|fid=15081|preset=fullsize|lightbox=true|title=Annette Harris Officer Elementary School in East Saint Louis will be launching a chess program for almost 200 students through the Chess Club.|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=700|height=525]
By Alex Vergilesov
The Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis is taking chess to Illinois in a big way. One of the last Spring programs this year has begun at Annette Harris Officer Elementary School, in the East Saint Louis School District.
[imagefield_assist|fid=15078|preset=fullsize|lightbox=true|title=IMs Darwin Yang and Marc Arnold played to a draw in round eight, and both went on to secure a GM norm in the final round of the Saint Louis Invitational.|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=700|height=490]
By Mike Wilmering
[imagefield_assist|fid=14851|preset=fullsize|title=Gregory Young chats with GM Ben Finegold during last year's Junior Closed Championship. He won in convincing fashion with a score of 7.5/9.|desc=|link=none|origsize=|align=left|width=700|height=467]
SAINT LOUIS, March 29, 2012 -- The 2012 U.S. Junior Closed Championship will be held at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis July 6-20 this year.
This marks the third consecutive year this prestigious event will be held in Saint Louis.
[imagefield_assist|fid=14838|preset=fullsize|title=Isaiah Gadson scored a big upset victory over NM Kevin Cao in the final round of the Missouri State Championship to claim the crown!|desc=|link=none|origsize=|align=left|width=700|height=350]
Pattonville High School junior Isaiah Gadson took first place at the Missouri State Scholastic Championship Chess Tournament on March 10 in Jefferson City. He scored a huge upset victory over NM Kevin Cao in the final round to secure the title. Isaiah edged out Parkway West student and CCSCSL club member William Tong on tiebreaks.