2022 Sinquefield Cup Begins Friday

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If you still haven’t gotten your end-of-summer fix of super-grandmaster chess with the Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz this past weekend, the Saint Louis Chess Club brings you the 2022 Sinquefield Cup!

The opening ceremony for this annual, invite-online eli…

Daniel Naroditsky: New York Times Columnist!

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You know something really unusual has happened when one of your Facebook friends who is not a chess player posts something about chess on your wall. “Have you heard about this?” she asked. “The New York Times has a new chess column.” I did know about it, but just barely! Only one day before, one […]

Averbakh: “History is written by the victors”

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Yuri Averbakh, the world’s oldest grandmaster, celebrated his 90th birthday on February 8th this year. To mark the occasion he gave a long and fascinating interview to Vladimir Barsky and Eteri Kublashvili, which turned into a whirlwind tour of chess history. Averbakh was born in Russia in 1922. As a boy he saw Emanuel Lasker play, and he […]

Ivanchuk: “I could have become a writer”

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Vassily Ivanchuk’s recent interview with the Ukrainian daily newspaper “Den” isn’t your standard chess interview. In fact, Ivanchuk doesn’t talk about current chess events at all, instead displaying a deep interest in literature while also explaining, for instance, why Julius Caesar would have considered chess players happy. The literary content of the interview is no doubt partly due to the interviewer, Yarina […]