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, St. Louis, Missouri, United States. 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.

History[edit]

In 2007, billionaire Rex Sinquefield opened the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis. [3] In August 2010, Sinquefield provided seed funding to move the World Chess Hall of Fame to St. Louis, citing the Chess Club's presence and reputation.[4]

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 STLCC features a Grandmaster-in-Residence, who provides lectures, lessons and camps for the community.[5] 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, Dorsa Derakhshani, Joel Benjamin, Dariusz Swiercz, and Mircea Parligras. Parligras is the only guest to teach completely virtually, during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The success of the 2009-2010 U.S. Championships led the United States Chess Federation to name the STLCC as the 2010 Chess Club of the Year. The USCF also recognized STLCC Executive Director Tony Rich as Organizer of the Year for both years.[6]

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References[edit]

  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. NPR.org. Retrieved 3 April 2013.
  3. ^ Our Beginnings. Archived April 17, 2013, at the Wayback Machine Retrieved October 29, 2013.
  4. ^ About the Hall of Fame. Retrieved October 29, 2013.
  5. ^ Munz, Michele (31 January 2011). "St. Louis chessman shows he's the grandmaster". St. Louis Post Dispatch. Retrieved 3 April 2013.
  6. ^ Hough, Randy. "USCF Recognizes Leaders at Awards Luncheon". uschess.org. USCF. Retrieved 3 April 2013.

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