CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP HELPS UNITE THE COMMUNITY
Sure, there will plenty of great chess at the 2009 U.S. Women's Chess Championship, which will be held Oct. 4-13 at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis. But thanks to a variety of partnerships involving the arts, cultural and a health care communities, the tournament offers much more.
The championship will leave its mark from the Contemporary Art Museum of Saint Louis to the Siteman Cancer Center and the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art to the Saint Louis Science Center.
For jazz aficionados, the unofficial kickoff of the championship starts 7:30 p.m. Friday with the Queens of Jazz , which features Tony nominee Ann Hampton Callaway and Denise Thimes at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis.
On Saturday, the Contemporary also will host "Playing in the Dark: A Collision of Art and Chess."Anna Zatonskih will play five people simultaneously while blindfolded. She will have to make moves while seeing all five boards only with her mind's eye. Other special chess games will be played during the day. The games start at 2 p.m. and the public is invited.