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Pairings set for 2011 U.S. Championships

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By FM Mike Klein

The chess elite mixed with local dignitaries Thursday night at the Missouri History Museum to commence the 2011 U.S. Championship and U.S. Women’s Championship. The 24-player field also conducted some business – drawing lots to decide the colors and pairings of their games over the next fortnight.

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A Spectacular Sunday at the CCSCSL

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Florissant Valley Community Chess Festival

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By: Alex Vergilesov

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Schedule Changes and Cancellations for April

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With the impending U.S. Championships taking place April 13-28, a number of our regularly scheduled programs have been postponed.

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Don’t be a Fool April 2


A great chess spectacle will take place Saturday, April 2. At the Flo Valley (SLCC) Campus ( from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., several chess events will take place.

1) An unrated tournament for new players

2) A USCF-rated event

3) A simultaneous exhibition (20 boards) with World #8 Hikaru Nakamura

4) A blindfold simultaneous with yours truly (5 boards)

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2011 Mid-America Open

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Another weekend Open tournament ends in tragedy --- for most! Sunday is always a tough day, but wait, I am getting ahead of myself ...

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Field Trips at the Chess Club


It’s a March week of fieldtrips at the Saint Louis Chess Club and Scholastic Center!

Twenty-five students from McGrath Elementary visited the club on Thursday the 11th and a whopping sixty-three students on Saturday the 12th from Immaculate Conception of Dardenne.

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Field Trips at the Chess Club

It’s a March week of field trips at the Saint Louis Chess Club and Scholastic



Twenty-five students from McGrath Elementary visited the club on Thursday the

11th and a whopping sixty-three students on Saturday the 12th from Immaculate

Conception of Dardenne. 


Students enjoyed a variety of interactive activities while at the CCSCSL, including

chess lectures with GM Ben Finegold, simultaneous play, blitz play, and free

play. Participating students enjoyed a pizza lunch and received “I played a GM”

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Robson wins playoff over Ramirez

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GM Ray Robson scored a big win last night over GM Joel Benjamin to force a tie for second place and a playoff against GM Alejandro Ramirez. The playoff, which took place at noon CDT on Wednesday, featured a two-game match, both game in 25 minutes with a five-second delay. Robson managed to hold a draw with black in the first game, then scored a victory in the final game.

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Amanov wins The Bill Wright Saint Louis Open

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I started well, winning my first four, but could not hold onto first place, as I lost to GM Mesgen Amanov in the last round.

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