Today in Chess from Saint Louis

3/24/2016 – Got a couple of hours to spare? Well, about seven hours for a start. Then you can watch a new video show set up by the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis, currently covering the Candidates Tournament in Moscow (rounds 8, 9 and 10). Initiator is Maurice Ashley, anchors are Alejandro Ramirez and Yasser Seirawan (whose birthday is today) – all ChessBase authors. Have fun with their new show.

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The Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis (CCSCSL) is pleased to announce the successful creation of a new online show, Today in Chess.

Tony Rich, the Executive Director of the CCSCSL, explained the concept of the new series: “Here in Saint Louis, the chess capital of the United States, we take pride in coming up with innovative ways of raising awareness throughout the chess world. With the Moscow Candidates Tournament in full swing, we felt the time was right to create an entire new type of program that would give thoughtful insights on the most topical events that most chess fans are following. When GM Maurice Ashley shared his vision for Today in Chess, we all fell in love with it and decided to act quickly to bring together all the talented people needed to make the show a reality.”

Today in Chess is a fast-paced, no holds-barred accounting of hot topics in the world of chess. Grandmasters will highlight key moments of critical games, going over the thrills and spills from all the day’s action. The show intends to be educational as well as entertaining and will feature the best technologies available on the Internet as well as those from the world of chess. Audience members can participate with their own questions and vote in polls as well as suggest key topics for discussion, including the latest controversies on everyone’s mind.

“Anyone who knows me knows that I love sports,” says Ashley. “I’m an avid fan of Sports Center which gives condensed highlights of all the sports that happened that day. It occurred to me that chess needed something similar, that it would be wonderful for chess fans to have a single place that they could turn to that would feature insights by top grandmasters on the most topical events happening in their beloved game.”

The first Today in Chess segments premiered on March 20th, 2016, at noon from the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis. Previously recorded segments can be found on the CCSCSL’s YouTube Channel. The format is two hours in length and features host, GM Alejandro Ramirez, along with regular co-commentators, GM Yasser Seirawan and GM Maurice Ashley. It also featured the Saint Louis debut of GM Eric Hansen, the Chess Club’s GM in residence and one of Canada’s top grandmasters.

“Our aim is to work together with organizers, federations, clubs, players and fans alike to create an enjoyable program that will raise the awareness of chess throughout the world,” said Joy Bray, general manager for the World Chess Hall of Fame as well as the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis.

The next episode of the Today in Chess series will steam live from uschesschamps.com/todayinchess at 12:00 p.m. CT on Thursday, March 24.

Nicole Halpin
Communications Coordinator


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ChessHulk ChessHulk 3/25/2016 12:07
Very nice! I like it better than the official Moscow version.
johnmk johnmk 3/24/2016 12:24
Currently there are 2 or 3 reports per day on Moscow candidates, live and wrap-up. So St. Louis club is a little late to this game. If we want the really hard-hitting, no holds barred report ....
woodpushkin woodpushkin 3/24/2016 10:49
Very cool. I have been doing like work (aided by computers of course as I am far from a GM). I've had friends say my reports and wrap-ups make chess exciting. This will raise chess awareness w/n the chess community and beyond. Be well. Yes chess love.
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