Lindenwood Launches Collegiate Chess Program

  • SonofPearl
  • on 1/31/12, 10:42 AM.


Lindenwood Launches World-Class Collegiate Chess Program
University Offering Chess Scholarships, Forming Team for Competition

Lindenwood University is putting out a call for some of the finest young chess players in America and abroad. And the university is willing to provide scholarship money to build the nations top collegiate chess program.

Located in the St. Louis metropolitan area just west of the City of St. Louis, Lindenwood University is a private four-year liberal arts school that is dedicated to excellence in higher education.

What is unique about Lindenwood's plan is the number of competitors it plans to have in the program. Organizers say there could be 25-30 players on up to six different teams.
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"We are planning to recruit some of the highest-rated competitors in the world", said Tim Canavan, Lindenwoods Director of Student Life Sports. "We are also going to recruit people who aren't at the elite level yet, but want to get there. Our interest is competing, promoting the wonderful game of chess, and providing a way for young people to get a good education".

Canavan said the university has been collaborating with the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis, which is known internationally for its quality. He praised the Chess Club for its guidance during the program's developmental stages. Canavan said Lindenwood has retained the club's Grandmaster-in-Residence, Ben Finegold (pictured), as coach.

ben finegold.jpg"I was immediately impressed with the level of commitment Lindenwood has demonstrated to launching this program", Finegold said. "It's an exciting development for collegiate chess and also for the chess scene in the greater St. Louis area".

Lindenwood already is on the recruiting trail and is building a collegiate schedule with plans to compete in the fall. Barger said the university already has designated a spot in the Evans Commons for practice and competition.

For information about a chess scholarship at Lindenwood University, call Lauren Nystrom at (636) 949-4949. For more information about the university, visit


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  • 14 months ago

    IM aspired

    @Royal Gambit, do you still believe in your statement below

  • 5 years ago


    I just hope that Lindenwood's recruitment of chess players isn't the farce that it was at UMBC and UTD. Many of the players on the powerhouse teams from those schools were grandmaster chess players who had no interest in being students. I'd much rather see them recruit real students who are strong chess players than "the highest rated competitors in the world."

  • 5 years ago


    this is good

  • 5 years ago


    Good luck to you, Nolan, I hope you get a chess scholarship there. 


    But don't wait for an e-mail, go make it happen!  

  • 5 years ago


    Chess is about decision making ,demonstrating  how decision work in complex models!

     better than foot ball! for the mind!

  • 5 years ago

    NM Royal-Gambit

    If anyone gets more information on this please contact me at!

    Rex is the man.

    This school is legit.

  • 5 years ago


    I, for one, am glad that someone who has the financial means is making a positive impact on the game in this country. He could easily spend his money on frivolous pursuits but spends it on chess instead. Sure, we see his name attached to a lot of chess projects, but there's nothing wrong with that.

  • 5 years ago


    My hat is off to him for that. He has an amazing life story too - he was raised at the orphanage and became a powerful man.

     Lawdoginator"I see the fingerprints of Rex Sinquefield all over this development."

    About the article - finally! It's good to see support for chess players at that level, can't wait until the chess lessons will be on TV.

  • 5 years ago


    I see the fingerprints of Rex Sinquefield all over this development. 

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