Kings Dominate Queens In St.Louis Opener

  • SonofPearl
  • on 9/11/11, 12:59 AM.

The Kings took a substantial 7-3 lead against the Queens on the first day of the innovative challenge at the St. Louis Chess Club and Scholastic Center.

Only Kateryna Lahno won her mini-match against young St.Louis NM Kevin Cao. Cao is taking the place of Anatoly Karpov, who had to withdraw from the event due political obligations (Karpov is reportedly hoping to be selected as a candidate for Vladimir Putin's United Russia party).

The format is a Scheveningen-paired tournament, where each of the five team members play each of the opposing team members twice: first in a Fischer Random (Chess960) game at 25 mins plus 10 second increment, then a regular rapid game at 25 mins plus 5 second increment. 

The event celebrates the opening of the World Chess Hall of Fame in St.Louis, where a collection of artifacts from the rich history of chess are on permanent display, as well as interesting temporary exhibitions on all aspects of the game.

Excellent live video coverage and commentary by GM Yasser Seirawan and WGM Jennifer Shahade is available at the official website.  Play starts each day at 15:00 local time (20:00 UTC).

The results on the first day:


IM Anna Zatonskih 0-1 GM Ben Finegold
IM Marc Arnold 1-0 GM Alexandra Kosteniuk
GM Kateryna Lahno 1-0 Kevin Cao
IM Jacek Stopa 1-0 IM Irina Krush
GM Hikaru Nakamura 1-0 IM Martha Fierro

GM Ben Finegold 1-0 IM Anna Zatonskih
GM Alexandra Kosteniuk 1-0 IM Marc Arnold
Kevin Cao 0-1 GM Kateryna Lahno
IM Irina Krush 0-1 IM Jacek Stopa
IM Martha Fierro 0-1 GM Hikaru Nakamura


St.Louis area Boy Scouts play a game of human chess to launch the first ever Chess Merit Badge

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NASA Astronaut Greg Chamitoff presented merit badges. Seirawan and Shahade commentated!

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GM Hikaru Nakamura was the black king!

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The World Chess Hall of Fame, is a cultural institution that showcases art, history, science and sports through the lens of chess, officially opened on Sept. 9 in St. Louis’s historic Central West End neighborhood - located across the street from the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis. The Hall of Fame relocated from Miami and chose Saint Louis as its new home due to the city’s growing reputation as a center of chess.

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  • 5 years ago


    "The Hall of Fame relocated from Miami and chose Saint Louis as its new home due to the city’s growing reputation as a center of chess."

    Anybody know if that statement is actually accurate? Is Saint Louis really becoming a strong chess center with a lot of strong tournaments and masters.
    Miami has a lot of problems with crime and is ridiculously overpriced, so I can understand the move on that basis alone.

  • 5 years ago

    NM flashboy2222

    2nd round was tied 5-5

  • 5 years ago


    Hey it's the Grob I know that opening haha! I mated a guy who played that with my f pawn.

  • 5 years ago


    I wasn't looking very closely and thought Naka was opening with the Grob.

  • 5 years ago


    In no way does that guy resemble Sam.

  • 5 years ago


    @diogenes28 that guy is chubby so obviously not.

    Also I find it weird Nakamura was in the middle of the board as the king in picture 2 :P

  • 5 years ago

    NM flashboy2222

    naka KILLS

  • 5 years ago


    I bet Naka will win all of his Chess960 games, considering that his opponents are weaker. LOL

  • 5 years ago


    Naka is so good at Chess960!!Smile

  • 5 years ago


    The guy in the first photo wearing a red tie and holding a black that you, Sam Shankland? Way to support the Boy Scouts as the c6 pawn!

  • 5 years ago


    very interesting.i playing chess 960 but no so good.very interesting variation.

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