Seirawan To Saint Louis As Acting Resident GM

  • SonofPearl
  • on 8/25/12, 7:04 AM.

Seirawan to Saint Louis as Acting Resident GM

PRESS RELEASE: SAINT LOUIS (August 24, 2012) - Grandmaster Yasser Seirawan will arrive in Saint Louis on September 3 to serve as the acting Resident Grandmaster of the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis.

Seirawan, a four-time U.S. Champion and former World Championship contender, came out of retirement in 2011 to play in the U.S. Championship, which was held in Saint Louis. He cited the exciting developments of the Saint Louis chess scene as a contributing factor for his renewed interest in competitive chess and the U.S. Championship.

“First, it is a great event, and I wanted to thank the good folks at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis for all their wonderful work,” he said. “Secondly, I got bored watching the young lions at play and felt the urge to join them.”

Seirawan followed the 2011 U.S. Championship with a stunning performance at the 2011 World Team Championship, where he finished with a 2773 performance rating, which was almost 140 points higher than his rating at the time.

This move will allow him to have a direct impact on the rapidly growing chess movement in Saint Louis.
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About The Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis

The Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization that is committed to making chess an important part of our community. In addition to providing a forum for the community to play tournaments and casual games, the club also offers chess improvement classes, beginner lessons and special lectures.
Recognizing the cognitive and behavioral benefits of chess, the Chess Club and Scholastic Center is committed to supporting those chess programs that already exist in area schools while encouraging the development of new in-school and after-school programs. For more information, visit

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  • 4 years ago


    Yasser's Inside Chess was the best effort to establish an American chess magazine since the demise of Chess Review, and his book on the last Karpov-Kasparov match and the rivalry Five Crowns is an absolute classic.

    His annotations rival the best.  It's a great hire, if he is made permanent.  And good to have him back stateside after many years in Europe.

  • 4 years ago


       Yasser is a great choice. A very great player in every aspect of this game, and a geuinely nice gentleman and vary friendly person.

  • 4 years ago

    IM Silman

    Yasser and I have been close friends for decades ("decades"... that really ages us, doesn't it?). I can say that he's a brilliant speaker, was (in his prime) a World Championship candidate (an awesome positional player), and is one of the classiest gentlemen you'll ever see/meet. The Saint Louis club is very lucky to have him.

  • 4 years ago


    from what i hear ben finegold is a super nice guy so im sure he is doing something else. i really want to move to st louie. theres nothing stopping me i guess.

  • 4 years ago


    one cannot wonder why finegold (sp) resigned. was it plotics (sic) or a conflict of interests or wrong doing in some manner. any ideas?  dartking

    Personally I cannot wonder why everything in the universe has to be part of some hidden plot and/or conspiracy. Maybe the "official" version of why Finegold resigned is actually true, just by accident or coincidence?

    BTW I think "Yaz" will make a worthy successor to Finegold.

  • 4 years ago


    Also, I hear he will be the coach at Lindenwood as well. Hope so.... Ha, in your face Harvard! 

  • 4 years ago


    Awesome !!

  • 4 years ago


    Welcome to St. Louis.  

  • 4 years ago


    Wow!  Amazing stuff here!  A perfect move!

  • 4 years ago


    My congratulations go to the Chess Club and Scholastic Center. The Champ is in the house!

  • 4 years ago


    one cannot wonder why finegold resigned. was it plotics or a conflict of interests or wrong doing in some manner. any ideas?

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