Chess tournaments to be held in St. Louis

Thursday, July 8, 2010 | 9:03 p.m. CDT

ST. LOUIS — More high-profile chess play is getting under way in St. Louis.

After recently hosting the U.S. Chess Championship, St. Louis will be the site of the U.S. Women's Championship and U.S. Junior Closed Championship, starting Friday with opening ceremonies. Play will start Saturday and continue through July 20, with more than $75,300 in prize money available.

The Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis is hosting the events. The group's executive director, Tony Rich, said in a news release that it's vital to encourage more women and younger people to play chess.

The competition will feature reigning U.S. Women's Champion Anna Zatonskih, pronounced: ZAH-tahn-skee, and current 15-year-old U.S. Junior Champ Ray Robson.

Top-ranked chess player Hikaru Nakamura, pronounced: hihk-KAR-ruh nahk-UH-mur-uh, will provide some of the commentary.



Like what you see here? Become a member.

Show Me the Errors (What's this?)

Report corrections or additions here. Leave comments below here.

You must be logged in to participate in the Show Me the Errors contest.


Leave a comment

Speak up and join the conversation! Make sure to follow the guidelines outlined below and register with our site. You must be logged in to comment. (Our full comment policy is here.)

  • Don't use obscene, profane or vulgar language.
  • Don't use language that makes personal attacks on fellow commenters or discriminates based on race, religion, gender or ethnicity.
  • Use your real first and last name when registering on the website. It will be published with every comment. (Read why we ask for that here.)
  • Don’t solicit or promote businesses.

We are not able to monitor every comment that comes through. If you see something objectionable, please click the "Report comment" link.

You must be logged in to comment.

Forget your password?

Don't have an account? Register here.