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Thursday, February 05, 2009

Jennifer Comes to St. Louis!

The wind chill in St. Louis has been below zero in recent days, but the city warmed up Thursday evening with the appearance of Chess Life Online editor WGM Jennifer Shahade. She was in town working on arrangements for the upcoming U.S. Championship, to be held at the sparkling Chess and Scholastic Center of St. Louis, and was kind enough to hold three clock simuls for the local chess crowd.

Out of the 15 games she played against both children and adults, she won 11, drew 2, and lost 2. "The kids were tougher!" she said. Joel Berez, president of the Internet Chess Club, was on hand and provided free World Chess Live memberships to all who were able to draw or defeat Jennifer.

Ten-year-old Michael Yin was one of the talented youngsters to draw Jennifer and is looking forward to his free WCL membership!

A pensive Jennifer

The clock is winding down on Jennifer's young opponent!

Club founder Rex Sinquefield, one of Jennifer's students

ICC President Joel Berez watches in the background

Thumbs down if you lost, thumbs up if you won. Notice there aren't too many thumbs up outside of Jennifer.



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