Richard Benjamin(2200) swept the competition 5-0 achieving the title of Club Champion. The Club Championship was a 6 player Round Robin comprised of the winners of each monthly "Knights" tournaments. Richard Benjamin faced off against the #2 seed Jim Voelker in the first round which turned out to be a pivotal game. The Master outlasted Voelker in a difficult endgame to give him his only loss of the tourney.
3 year old Abby Delf attended the Kids Only Beginner Chess Lessons on March 22, 2009.
In case you're wondering about the adorable pout on Abby's face, it has a lot to do with her losing all of her "people" during a pawn game with one of the class instructors.
Abby is the youngest granddaughter of CCSCSL board member Mike Lueken. I caught up with the proud grandpa to get his take on the whole ordeal.
The Reigning Kings of American Chess are Coming to St. Louis to Compete in the United States Chess Championship in May
The reigning kings of American chess are coming to Saint Louis to compete in the United States Chess Championship in May.
Gata Kamsky, rated first on the U.S. Chess Federation’s overall rating list, second-ranked Hikaru Nakamura and third-ranked Alexander Onischuk have accepted invitations to the tournament, which will be held at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis. Also participating will be Yury Shulman, who will be defending his 2008 U.S. Championship title.
These four players formed the 2008 Bronze Medal Olympic team, along with Varuzhan Akobian, who is also confirmed to play in Saint Louis.
The 2009 U.S. Championship is fastly approaching! There are 24 players who will be participating in this year's tournament of all ages, including one player who is just 14! We are pleased to announce the following chess luminaries have accepted their invitation to compete in the 2009 U.S. Championship and will be in Saint Louis this May. Check back often for updates!
2009 U.S. Women's Championship Set for October in Saint Louis
2009 U.S. WOMEN'S CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP TO BE HELD OCTOBER 2-12 AT CHESS CLUB AND SCHOLASTIC CENTER OF SAINT LOUIS ST. LOUIS, March 11, 2009 -- The 2009 U.S. Women's Chess Championship will be held from October 2 through 12 at the sparkling, new Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis, which opened in July 2008. The Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis also is the site of the 2009 U.S. Chess Championship, which will take place from May 7 through 17.
2009 U.S. Women’s Chess Championship to be Held October 3-13 at Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis
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WOMEN'S CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP MOVED TO OCT. 3-13
The U.S. Women's Chess Championship will be held Oct. 3 to Oct. 13 at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis. That is a change from the previous announced dates of Oct. 2-12.
On March 10, 2009, Dr. Ben Chavis stopped by the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis! Dr. Ben Chavis has worn many hats, most notably were CEO of the NAACP (National Association of Advancement of Colored People), VP of the National Council of Churches, National Director of the Million Man March, Executive Director of NAALS (National African American Leadership Summit) and a prominent figure of the United Federation of Teachers. Throughout the years, Dr. Chavis has worked one-on-one with celebrities and politicians such as Run DMC, Russell Simmons, Bruce Willis, Sean Combs, Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy.
FISCHER MEMORIAL PRIZE, JACKPOT BONUS ADDED TO PRIZES FOR 2009 U.S. CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP BEING HELD IN ST. LOUIS
ST. LOUIS, February 19, 2009 -- A $64,000 bonus in memory of late chess champion Bobby Fischer and a jackpot bonus for a "clear" first-place winner have been added to the prizes being awarded at the 2009 U.S. Chess Championship. The tournament, which will be held May 7-17, 2009 at the new Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis, will offer a purse of more than $130,000 in prize money.