It is a question commonly posed to Grandmasters -- business-suit wearing giants with perennially furrowed brows, constantly wrinkled above troubled looks of genuine stress -- can you still have fun?
It was 8:30 on a Monday night, and the 2014 Sinquefield Cup -- the strongest chess tournament in history -- was over. The oppressive, tense atmosphere of “event mode” was gone, and the Club was no longer packed with giddy fans seeking autographs. The closing ceremony had finished up the night before, the shiny Cup had been hoisted by GM Fabiano Caruana and his transcendent performance. The excitement, for a fan like me, had already passed its zenith.
Finally, the Chess Club was returning back to its normal, relaxing state. Or so I thought.
Please join us in welcoming the six Grandmasters set to collide in the strongest chess tournament ever!
On Tuesday, August 26, from noon to 2:00 p.m., the CCSCSL will host SIGNING DAY for the 2014 Sinquefield Cup. World Champion GM Magnus Carlsen, as well as America's top dog GM Hikaru Nakamura, will be available for autographs and handshakes alongside GM Levon Aronian, GM Fabiano Caruana, GM Veselin Topalov and GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave.
SAINT LOUIS (July 29, 2014) -- The 2014 Sinquefield Cup will be the highest-rated tournament in the history of chess, bringing six of the world’s top-nine Grandmasters together at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis.
Last year, the inaugural super-tournament thrilled spectators as the strongest chess competition ever held on U.S. soil. For its 2014 encore, beginning August 27 to September 7, the tournament will be the strongest ever held on earth, its six players averaging a historical peak FIDE rating of 2802.
The name Bobby Fischer is synonymous with outstanding intellect, intimidating competitiveness and intense focus. His is a uniquely American success story that nearly everyone has heard - even if they can’t tell a rook from a bishop.
So what makes Fischer so captivating?
The Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis is competing for a Grow St. Louis grant -- and you can help! Vote for the CCSCSL as your favorite Saint Louis non-profit, where we will use the $20,000 grant to help expand our scholastic programming around the city. That amount will fund at least 22 instructional programs and reach over 500 students around St. Louis!
Visit the Grow Saint Louis Facebook page and vote for us -- once a day, through August 3!
This article was originally published on stlpublicradio.org on July 16.
Bobby Fischer was the youngest-ever American Grandmaster, a title that took him 15 years, 6 months and 1 day to collect. That is, until Hikaru Nakamura came along, besting Bobby by three months and earning the title as the new youngest-ever American GM.
That is, until Ray Robson came along, notching his elite title two weeks before he turned 15.
Chess Grandmaster Bryan Smith presents a game from the first World Championship match between Wilhelm Steinitz and Johannes Zuckertort.
This article was originally posted on stlpublicradio.org on July 7.
It’s a great time to be a St. Louis girl in chess, I think. Just look at what surrounds them: Webster University coach Susan Polgar is adding something new to her resume. Right there at the bottom of page 11.