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Young Professionals Board

Young Professional Board at their first organized event, "Chess After Dark," hosted during the 2018 U.S. Championships. 


The Saint Louis Chess Club and World Chess Hall of Fame Young Professionals Board was formed in 2017 to build interest, appreciation, and passion for chess by engaging young professionals through sustaining chess through education, the arts, culture and sport in the city of Saint Louis


The Young Professionals Board is an enthusiastic group of young professionals who support the organization in a variety of ways: serving as hosts for Chess Campus events, planning unique events to introduce chess to new audiences, and providing valuable insights and feedback as the Chess Campus audience continues to grow. Members of the Young Professionals Board also serve as ambassadors on behalf of both organizations among their colleagues and through their professional affiliations.


Participants ages 21 to 40 enjoy opportunities to meet other young professionals in Saint Louis and socialize at exclusive chess campus events.



  1. Attend monthly meetings
  2. Supporting up to 4 special events per year through planning, attendance or donations

  3. Act as an ambassador to the Chess Campus

  4. Introduce others to the organizations through events or private tours


Getting Involved

Young professionals interested in joining the board should complete an application that will be reviewed by the Membership Committee. Membership will be reviewed annually, but applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis.


Those who are interested in joining the board may contact Ryan Chester at or (314) 795-8829 or Alex Kerford at or (314) 749-3845.


Board President

Alex Kerford, Edward Jones

Vice President

Beau Herndon, 1904 Labs


Board Secretary 
Nick Happe, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner


  • Iskandar Adilov, Citigroup
  • Varuzhan Akobian, Chess Grandmaster
  • Nate Cohen, Cohen Architectural Woodworking
  • Romana Gracanin, Busey Bank
  • Nick Happe, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP
  • Abishek Kothari, Citigroup
  • Clayton McDonnell, Vision Private Equity Group
  • Matt Menietti, GlobalHack
  • Audra Noyes, Audra
  • Kyle Weber, Saint Louis Chess Club
  • Damir Krajina, Busey Bank
  • Paul Frauen, Edward Jones
  • JD Nako, Edward Jones
  • Michael Hundelt, Energy Care
  • Lucas Blatter, TD Ameritrade