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|CHESS CLUB AND SCHOLASTIC CENTER OF SAINT LOUIS TO HOST|
|Written by MonRoi Support on Tue, Nov 18 2008 (20:33)|
The Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis, which Steve Goldberg of United States Chess Federation (USCF) Online calls “certainly one of the most impressive chess centers” in the country, has been selected by the United States Chess Federation to host the 2009 U.S. Championship.
The Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis, which was founded by retired investment fund manager Rex Sinquefield is located at 4657 Maryland Avenue in St. Louis’ fashionable and historic Central West End neighborhood. The three-level, 6,000-square-foot facility possesses an array of customized features, including electronic chess boards, hand-made wooden chess tables, LCD-screen televisions, video installation art, overhead paging and an adjustable lighting system. The primary colors of the club are black and white, the colors of a traditional chessboard.
“I am delighted that The Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis will host both the U.S. Chess Championship and the U.S. Women’s Championship in the coming year,” said Sinquefield. “I’ve had the privilege, and the occasional pain, of studying chess with Grand Master Jennifer Shahade, who focuses much time and energy in encouraging young women to take up the game. It is the goal of the Chess Club to encourage all of Saint Louis’ young people to learn chess and believe that bringing the best chess players in the country to Saint Louis will have helped us achieve that goal.”
The players’ room is private and enclosed with its own kitchen and restroom. There is ample natural lighting with windows along two walls and two skylights in the space. Recessed adjustable lighting fixtures cover the ceiling to ensure an even light with appropriate brightness.
The championship will be held in late summer or early fall 2009. The tournament is a 9 round event, paired using the Round Robin pairing system with one round per day and a rest day between rounds 5 and 6. Time controls will be the classical 40 moves in 2 hours, with the remaining moves in 1 hour. Invitations will be sent to the top 10 U.S. women by their rating.
The championship will have a purse of $64,000, with $15,000 awarded to the winner. In case of even scores, no tie-breakers will be used. Instead, prize funds will be evenly divided between winners.