St. Louis Recognized as US Chess Capital

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  • on 19.04.2013, 14:37.

phpZxM8nJ.jpegU.S. House, Senate Recognize St Louis as Nation’s Chess Capital

Resolution Highlights Benefits of Chess After School Programs

PRESS RELEASE: WASHINGTON, D.C., April 18, 2013 – Representatives William “Lacy” Clay (D-MO) and Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-MO) and Senators Claire McCaskill (D-MO) and Roy Blunt (R-MO) introduced resolutions in the U.S. House and Senate today recognizing Saint Louis as the Nation’s Chess Capital.

The resolutions also recognized the success of chess after-school programs and the benefit for students, including fostering problem-solving skills, and improving math and reading test scores.

“Saint Louis is definitely America’s Chess Capitol. I’m very proud to have both Webster University’s national champion chess team and the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis in my congressional district,” said Representative William “Lacy” Clay (D-MO). “I thank my Missouri congressional colleagues for joining me in introducing this bipartisan resolution.”

Rep. William "Lacy" Clay and Rep. Billy Long 


“Chess provides our young people with the kind of reasoning skills they need in an ever-complicated world, and I am proud to have the opportunity in Congress to support Saint Louis’ designation as our nation’s chess capital,” said Representative Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-MO). “This resolution is also an opportunity to recognize the region’s ongoing commitment to the development of our young people’s minds and spirits.”

“Excellence in this game requires the combination of creativity and intellect—skills our Saint Louis students are most certainly known for,” said Senator Claire McCaskill. “Making Saint Louis the nation’s chess capital would rightly highlight our state’s commitment to strong education, and our nation’s brightest young minds.”

“Chess is a way to promote problem solving, critical thinking, and self-esteem, which are important to the development and education of our nation’s young minds,” Representative Blunt said. “I’m proud to recognize Saint Louis as the ‘National Chess Capital’ and to applaud the success of our local chess scholars. I’ll continue to support chess programs in our schools and community centers in Missouri and nationwide.”

The introduction of the bipartisan, bicameral resolutions were announced during a morning reception on Capitol Hill where GM Yasser Seirawan, IM Irina Krush, WGM Jennifer Shahade, IM Kayden Troff, IM-elect Sam Sevian and WFM Sarah Chiang gave chess lessons to Members of Congress and their staff.

 Irina Krush, Sarah Chiang, Jennifer Shahade,Yasser Seirawan, Sam Sevian and Kayden Troff


“We appreciate the leadership of Representatives Clay and Luetkemeyer and Senators McCaskill and Blunt recognizing Saint Louis as the nation’s chess capital,” said Tony Rich, executive director of the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis. “Their commitment to expanding the successful chess after-school programs is a tremendous example of how our nation can come together on a bipartisan basis to help our students.”

Also in attendance were students who have benefited from chess after-school programs led by the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis. These students played chess with Members of Congress and shared their personal stories of the educational benefits of chess.

Saint Louis, Mo., will host the 2013 U.S. and Women’s Chess Championships May 2-13, 2013 at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis, the fifth consecutive year the nation’s top players have come to Missouri to compete in the national championship.



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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    St.Louis just blows away Newyork in the chess world in 2013. Maybe if this was 80 years ago new york would be relevant. NY, go drink your little soda and stop crying about it. You got passed up bigtime.

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    Wow! I can't imagine this happening in Australia.

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    Good on St. Louis! Here's hoping that several other cities attempt to wrest the Chess Capital crown by promoting after-school chess activities. 

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    I'm happy the U.S. has a chess capital now.

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    Typical! Here we have a country where overall chess is in decline and this lone beacon is out there trying to revitalize it within this country, doing good things and bringing the chess world together again. The USCF was and mostly is a joke in a lot of respects but St. Louis really has started bringing credibility back and yet we get these die hards who insist that New York is somehow this phenomenal chess city. Why because you can go play in the park? Because in the past it was where chess players went? I mean what really has New York done for chess recently? If it wasn't for St. Louis Nakamura might have left and played on behalf of Canada. Stop holding on to nostalgia and embrace the present, which currently resides in St. Louis.

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    I'd be inclined to say that New York City is better thought of as the nation's "chess capital", if there is one. Where in the country has the most high level chess really occured and been fostered? NYC.

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    I am very happy for Saint Lewis! They do a lot of great work on their videos and have high quality lectures. Great job! 

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    It's not very nice to make fun of people's appearance.  Most people can't help how they look.

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    lol I'm going to college there in a few months!

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    Glad that chess is getting some (bipartisan!?) recognition!

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    Damn, only if there was a like button. MrMars, you just made my day!

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    first photo looks like humpty dumpty

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