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Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Major New Chess Club Coming to St. Louis

Photo: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

It's been in the works for awhile now, and I'm told that the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis should be open sometime in June of this year. I drove by the other day and peeked inside - there's a lot of work left to do, but it's a big space (two or three stories) with parking next door.

The renovation and initial funding is coming from local businessman Rex Sinquefeld, who also maintains an intense interest in a variety of educational interests, including increasing state funding for the treatment of children with autism.

According to an article in today's St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the building renovation costs will exceed $1,000,000, and Sinquefeld is quoted as saying that this club will be "physically the most beautiful" in the U.S. I've already sent in my charter membership and look forward to the opening of what should be an important new bastion of chess in the Midwest.

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