Sperreng Middle School Takes on Women’s Chess Grand Master Tomorrow
Sperreng Middle School chess players will have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to try their skills against one of the greatest female chess players in the country this Friday, Oct. 9, at 1 p.m.
The students will play at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis, 4657 Maryland Ave., in the Central West End. During the “simuls” exhibition, all 16 students will play individual games simultaneously against one of 10 top chess players in town for the 2009 U.S. Women’s Chess Championship. The nine-round tournament concludes Tuesday, Oct. 13.
Sperreng’s chess team is primarily composed of students from Lidnbergh PEGS (Program for Exceptionally Gifted Students). The team is part of the Lindbergh Schools chess team, which is No. 1 in the state of Missouri and has won the state chess championship three of last five years. Lindbergh’s team is coached by Rick Nelson and former student Sam Kassis, who is president of the Gateway Chess League.
Cameras are welcome during the simuls to capture this incredible opportunity. To set up an interview with the Lindbergh/Sperreng chess club, please contact Beth Cross at 314-779-6931.
For more information about the 2009 U.S. Women’s Chess Championship, please visit www.saintlouischessclub.org.