Saint Louis Chess Club

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Coordinates: 38°38′40″N 90°15′40″W / 38.644448°N 90.261117°W / 38.644448; -90.261117 The Saint Louis Chess Club (previously named the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis) is a chess venue, located in the Central West End, Saint Louis. Opened on July 17, 2008,[1] it contains a tournament hall and a basement broadcast studio.[2] Classes are held at the adjacent chess-themed Kingside Diner.


It has been host to the U.S. Championships and U.S. Women’s Championships since 2009 and the Junior Closed Championship has been held there since 2010.

The CCSCSL features a Grandmaster-in-Residence, who provides lectures, lessons and camps for the community.[3] The titled players who have held the position are (in order of first residency): Ben Finegold, Yasser Seirawan, Alejandro Ramirez, Varuzhan Akobian, Jennifer Shahade, Ronen Har-Zvi, Irina Krush, Joshua Friedel, Anna Sharevich, Robert Hungaski, Bryan Smith, Maurice Ashley, Aviv Friedman, Tatev Abrahamyan, Mac Molner, Eric Hansen, Vita Kryvoruchko, Katerina Nemcova, Robin van Kampen, Cristian Chirila, Eric Rosen, Denes Boros, Elshan Moradiabadi, Sabina Foisor, Vitaly Neimer, Atanas Kolev, Yaroslav Zherebukh, Mauricio Flores Ríos, Jesse Kraai, Vladimir Georgiev, Pepe Cuenca, Aman Hambleton, Aleksandr Lenderman, Tiberiu Georgescu, Steven Zierk, and Dorsa Derakhshani.

The success of the 2009-2010 U.S. Championships led the United States Chess Federation to name the CCSCSL as the 2010 Chess Club of the Year. The USCF also recognized CCSCSL Executive Director Tony Rich as Organizer of the Year for both years.[4]

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  1. ^ Fagone, Jason. "The Queen's New Gambit: Chess as a Great American Spectator Sport". Wired Magazine. Condé Nast Publications. Retrieved 3 April 2013.
  2. ^ Williams, Erin. "St. Louis Scores A Checkmate For International Students". St. Louis Public Radio. Retrieved 3 April 2013.
  3. ^ Munz, Michele (31 January 2011). "St. Louis chessman shows he's the grandmaster". St. Louis Post Dispatch. Retrieved 3 April 2013.
  4. ^ Hough, Randy. "USCF Recognizes Leaders at Awards Luncheon". USCF. Retrieved 3 April 2013.

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