The St. Louis Chess Club hosts a tournament on the Hill

Interest in the sport has skyrocketed due to the downtime many people experienced during the pandemic and the popularity of the Netflix show “The Queen’s Gambit”

ST. LOUIS – Sunday was the last day of an inaugural weekend chess tournament hosted by the local Italian landmark Piazza Imo on the hill and the Saint-Louis Chess Club.

This is their first fall tournament, with the hopes of many more to come.

The adults clashed on the boards Sunday afternoon. Thanks to funds raised by Piazza Imo, the best players had the chance to walk away with a prize of $ 2,250. The tournament was open to the public.

On Saturday, kids from Kindergarten to Grade 12 had the chance to play.

The chess club‘s school principal and tournament players said interest in the sport has skyrocketed due to the downtime many people experienced during the pandemic and the popularity of a show Netflix 2020.

“There was a series that came out on Netflix called ‘The Queen’s Gambit’ and it was a huge success and increased interest in chess across the world. I would say interest in chess increased from 30 to 40 %, “said school principal Richard Pointer.

He added that part of his job is to introduce children in the city to the game of chess.

Philip Keisler, a University of Washington student and tournament contender, said St. Louis is a good place to learn to play.

“I think the good thing about St. Louis is that there are so many resources available. So you can really get off to a good start in chess,” he said.

The Saint Louis Chess Club is located opposite the World Chess Hall of Fame, making the corner of Euclid and Maryland avenues in the Central West End a favorite gambling venue in St. Louis – and across the world.

The club welcomes new members all year round, at all levels. Visit the Saint Louis Chess Club website for more on how to connect with the club.

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