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Johnny B. good enough for GM norm

In On Chess

6:33 am on Mon, 12.02.13

Picking up victories in chess that count toward norms – or the milestones that must be met to earn the highest titles of International Master and Grandmaster – is a difficult process. A recent St. Louis tournament was set up to make it a bit easier, assuming the person trying for the norm got a win.

Two moves likely determined the next World Chess Champion

In On Chess

6:18 am on Thu, 11.21.13

After four draws in the first four games (in which both players had chances, mainly Anand in game 3 and Carlsen in game 4), the match opened up with a win by Carlsen in game 5 … and effectively ended in round 6 with another Carlsen win. More games will be played, but…

Chess season in full swing at local schools

In On Chess

6:03 am on Wed, 11.06.13

Just as September’s Sinquefield Cup was approaching its closing ceremonies, the Central West End facility was simultaneously and seamlessly transitioning from its label as a Chess Club to that of a Scholastic Center. With the restart of school came the invasion of the club’s scholastic programming around St. Louis.

Norm hunting at the SPICE CUP

In On Chess

6:48 am on Mon, 10.28.13

Receiving a norm in chess is like receiving a badge, one that denotes a player’s performance in a specific high-level event, which is seen as milestones for players to attain titles. Each norm must be approved by FIDE, which maintains strict guidelines on what constitutes a norm event.

On Chess: Hall of Fame exhibit focuses on the power of the queen

In On Chess

1:45 am on Fri, 10.18.13

Though you may not immediately think of fashion or personal style when you think of chess, the opening of “A Queen Within: Adorned Archeytypes, Fashion and Chess” in St. Louis will change your mind. Curator Sofia Hedman uses fashion and storytelling to present nine archetypes of the queen, from the enchantress to mother earth.

Krush earns elusive grandmaster title

In On Chess

11:50 am on Fri, 10.11.13

GM-elect Irina Krush is in town for the month as the resident grandmaster at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center. That GM-elect is a special title. Krush has declined to use the woman grandmaster title and has now earned the full grandmaster rank.

Playoff fever and the wildcard hunt

In On Chess

12:14 am on Thu, 10.03.13

That said, GM Hikaru Nakamura is on fire right now. America’s top horse in the world title race is competing in Paris at the final stage of the FIDE Grand Prix, and it is a fine moment to be playing at his best. But it may not be enough to get into the Candidates' tournament.

Anand awaits Carlsen for World Chess Championship

In On Chess

1:40 am on Thu, 09.26.13

World Champion Viswanathan Anand may well be nervous. He no doubt watched the Sinquefield cup matches and saw the clear victory won by his next challenger: Magnus Carlsen. Without saying a word, Carlsen made a few statements, including that he has no respect for elders.

Magnus came, saw and conquered

In On Chess

12:33 am on Mon, 09.16.13

The results are in and the favorite won the Sinquefield cup in the chess tournament that brought four of the world's best players to St. Louis. St. Louis’ Hikaru Nakamura had the early lead, but Magnus Carlsen of Norway captured the trophy and the  $70,000 first-place award.

Hide-and-seek with world's best chess players

In On Chess

12:29 am on Fri, 09.13.13

Magnus Carlsen, the world’s No. 1-rated player is in the Central West End for the Sinquefield Cup, fine-tuning his game against the world’s No. 2 Levon Aronian, as well as America’s top-two players, Hikaru Nakamura and Gata Kamsky. As play resumes Friday afternoon, Nakamura holds first place.

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Conference of American nuns will mull response to Vatican charges

In Nation

7:55 am on Fri, 08.03.12

Meeting in St. Louis next week, the Leadership Conference of Women Religious will have its first opportunity as an assembled group to consider what to do after the Vatican issued a mandate for change this spring. It calls on the conference to reorganize and more strictly observe church teachings.

The 'free' Zoo

In Commentary

7:51 am on Tue, 05.22.12

When a family of four goes to the St. Louis Zoo, they can be forgiven for not knowing it will cost them $60, $72 if they park. If they can't pay, the alternative is to tell the kids they can't do what kids do at the zoo.

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House sends Boeing incentive bill to Nixon

In Economy

12:55 pm on Fri, 12.06.13

The Missouri House easily passed legislation aimed at attracting production of the 777x, a move that wraps up a legislative special session that saw little suspense and few surprises. The bill now goes to Gov. Jay Nixon, who has strongly supported the legislation.

Gandhi inspired Mandela on South Africa's 'Long Road to Freedom'

In World

10:10 am on Fri, 12.06.13

Nelson Mandela, who died Thursday at the age of 95, was a towering moral figure of the 20th century -- along with Mahatma Gandhi. It was no coincidence that Gandhi and Mandela, whose paths never crossed directly, both embarked on their campaigns against discrimination in South Africa. It was when Mandela won election as South Africa’s first black president that Gandhi's influence became apparent.

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Regina Carter brings jazz and therapy to Children's Hospital

6:36 am on Mon, 12.09.13

One night, the violinist is taking bows before a standing ovation at Jazz at the Bistro. The next afternoon, some of her audience may have trouble standing, but the kids in the playroom at Children's Hospital were no less appreciative. “Jazz is medicine personified," according to a doctor who brings in the jazz musicians.

Encore: Dead before death

In Performing Arts

12:58 am on Fri, 12.06.13

For years , the author was certain he would never come to appreciate The Grateful Dead, let alone be a Deadhead. But little by little, he's come around. He talks about his conversion and relates a real evolution: by a musician who went on to play with the Schwag, a Dead cover band.

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Schlichter honored with St. Louis Award

In Region

4:57 pm on Tue, 12.03.13

The attorney has founded Arch Grants, which brings together nonprofit philanthropy and commercially viable opportunitiesto fund new business startups, and Mentor St. Louis, which finds adult mentors for elementary students in the St. Louis Public School System. He was the driving force behind the state's historic tax credit program.

BioGenerator sets open house to celebrate new digs for entrepreneurs-in-residence

In InnovationSTL

12:29 pm on Tue, 11.12.13

BioSTL's BioGenerator organization is on the move as its entrepreneurs-in-residence find a new home in 4,300 square feet of office and conference space in an old automobile factory. The blossoming program, which helps BioGenerator's portfolio companies to get off the ground, continues to pay dividends within the growing biotech community.

Ambassadors aim to soften rough landing for St. Louis immigrants

In InnovationSTL

6:34 am on Fri, 11.08.13

The St. Louis Mosaic Project is set to hold an orientation for its new ambassadors -- dozens of foreign and native-born volunteers who aim to help make the community a more welcoming place for those from other nations. Participants will be expected to do everything from visiting local restaurants serving international cuisine to having dinner with an immigrant to the area.

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Regina Carter brings jazz and therapy to Children's Hospital

6:36 am on Mon, 12.09.13

One night, the violinist is taking bows before a standing ovation at Jazz at the Bistro. The next afternoon, some of her audience may have trouble standing, but the kids in the playroom at Children's Hospital were no less appreciative. “Jazz is medicine personified," according to a doctor who brings in the jazz musicians.

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