Thanksgiving in ST.LOUIS

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  1. SAINT LOUIS, November 23, 2010 – Grandmaster Garry Kasparov, widely recognized as the world’s greatest chess player, has announced he will be making an appearance at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis on Monday, November 29, just one day after the conclusion of the Thanksgiving Open tourney featuring renowned GM Nigel Short and an $11,000 prize fund.
    Kasparov, who is coming to Saint Louis to deliver a political lecture, will make an appearance at the CCSCSL from 4-5 p.m. The club has arranged a special setting in which club members and the general public can meet and greet the living legend……..

    314.361.CHESS (2437) or visit
    * SOURCE Stl Chess Club

  2. November 23, 2010

    Noted Russian Chess Player, Author, Political Activist to visit SLU

    Event Details: 5:00 p.m., November 30, John and Lucy Cook Hall, Anheuser-Busch Auditorium, 3674 Lindell Blvd, Rm. 050, Lower Level, St. Louis, MO, 63108

    The John Cook School of Business at Saint Louis University and the Show-Me Institute will host “Liberty: It’s Your Move” Tuesday, Nov. 30, in the Anheuser-Busch Auditorium at Cook Hall, 3674 Lindell Blvd. at Spring Ave.

    The program begins with a reception at 5:30 p.m. followed by a presentation by noted Russian chess player, author and political activist Garry Kasparov at 6 p.m.

    The event is free and open to the public, however registration is required. Valet parking is provided. To RSVP,

    About Garry Kasparov: For many, Kasparov is considered the greatest chess player of all time. He dominated the game as the top-ranked player in the world for 22 years and sat across the board from the most formidable opponents in the world, including IBM’s famous super-computer “Deep Blue.” However, his retirement from the game of chess has led Kasparov to be challenged by his most difficult opponent to date – the dictatorial regime of Vladimir Putin.

    In 2005, Kasparov led the pro-democracy opposition, which included a run for the presidency of his native Russia in 2008. Kasparov is a popular speaker for business groups around the world on the topics of strategy, innovation and leadership.

    A best-selling author, Kasparov’s 2007 book about decision making, How Life Imitates Chess, has been published in more than a dozen languages. He has been a contributing editor to the Wall Street Journal since 1991.

    He currently delivers keynote speeches around the globe and is working on another book while also devoting time to the Kasparov Chess Foundation. He continues to be active as a pro-democracy leader in the fight to bring liberty to the Russian people.

    *SOURCE Saint Louis University

  3. The Thanksgiving Open is complete in Saint Louis. After six rounds, a four-way tie emerged at the top of the leaderboard to send four grandmasters home with $900 each. After tiebreaks, GM Alexander Onischuk emerged as the overall tourney winner.

    Onischuk emerged from the two-day schedule unscathed to take on GM Dmitry Gurevich in round four. Onischuk’s rook sacrifice gave him two advanced, connected center pawns, which gave him enough pressure to convert the victory.

    In round five, Onischuk took on GM Yury Shulman in a King’s Gambit that eventually petered out into an uneventful draw. His hard-fought draw against GM Gregory Kaidanov in the final round helped secure a tie for first for both.

    Kaidanov had to fight back from a surprising round two draw against CCSCSL standout Kevin Cao. Kaidanov topped Viktorija Ni in round three, Jialin Ding in round four and GM Ray Robson in round five to put himself in prime position heading into the final round………

    *Source CCSCSL

  4. November 29 2010 …a good day for St. Louis Chess.
    Nigel Short who played in this weekend’s tournament gave a lecture and 30 board simul.
    Garry Kasparov also in town for political speaking engagement,stopped in as well.

    The place was jammin,with over 150 people. Books were flying off the shelves for both
    Grand Masters to sign . It was a party like atmosphere with food and beverages and lots of smiles…
    GM Kasparov posed for photos lasting more than a hour.He was very cordial to the club and it’s members and even stayed for a bit to hear Nigel’s lecture on the Evan’s Gambit.

    Not to be out shined the witty GM Short spoke for more than a hour with Questions and Answers and took some heckling from the “highest rated spectator” who has ever been present at one of his lectures..
    It was all in good fun and it flew by fast. After the lecture was given Mr. Short then performed a 30 board simul. which lasted nearly 3 hours. The score of the simul is not officially known..
    There was only one loss .. and one draw that I can speak of (?) (Congrats to TIM NESHAM for the win) …{the DRAWN game’s opening ..Alekhine’s defense..I unfortunately didnt get the young man’s name}

    The Saint Louis Chess Club is proving to be the best place to play chess in America.
    A big thanx goes to Rex Sinquefield for making this happen… job well done..

  5. Alex Vergilesov, William Tong, Dennis Humphries and Jialin Ding.
    These were the players who scored a draw against GM Short…{Alex I believe is the one
    who used the Alekhine…?}

  6. GM Nigel Short, CCSCSL founder Rex Sinquefield and GM Garry Kasparov greeted attendees in the VIP room.The Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis was abuzz on Monday, November 29, as a group of 150-plus eagerly awaited the arrival of the legendary GM Garry Kasparov. The crowd, which had already been treated to a weekend with GM Nigel Short at the Thanksgiving Open, mingled around the casual play area on the main floor of the chess club. Some played chess and some casually chatted, but all were devoting at least some of their attention to the front door of the club…..


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