Saturday, August 6, 2011

USCF Names St. Louis, Missouri Chess City of the Year

Meet us in St. Louis September 9 - 11, 2011!  Chess Collectors International continental meeting at the Chase Park Plaza Hotel, Grand Opening of the relocated World Chess Hall of Fame and Museum, and the Kings v. Queens Chess Tournament featuring Judit Polgar, Kateryna Lahno, Hikaru Nakamura and more chess starts at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis - all at the same time!!!

From the (blogs)

Checkmate: St. Louis Named "Chess City of the Year"
By Kelsey Whipple
Fri., Aug. 5 2011 at 1:20 PM

If you read our recent feature story on the St. Louis Chess Club and Scholastic Center and the country's number one player, you likely won't be surprised to hear the latest accolade the club has earned for its home city. In the years since its 2008 opening, the Central West End chess hangout has been named "Chess Club of the Year," its executive director, Tony Rich, has been named "Organizer of the Year," and its star player, Hikaru Nakamura, has fallen comfortably into a role as the top player in the country.

Tomorrow, however, St. Louis will be honored by the United States Chess Federation as the Chess City of the Year. We think this might mean checkmate.

To support the club and the city, Mayor Francis Slay has traveled to Orlando, where he will accept the award at the US Open Championship tomorrow. This is not St. Louis' first time to grab the title: The city was also named Chess Club of the Year in 2009, only one year after its opening.

"Being named Chess City of the Year is a great thing for St. Louis," Slay tells Daily RFT. "St. Louis is attracting and producing current and future chess champs, and I hope to soon celebrate a St. Louisian winning the World Chess Championships."

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