Spirit of St. Louis Chess!

Photos by Daaim Shabazz
(Round #8)

Following are images from the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis. This venture was financed by Rex Sinquefield a retired investor and chess promoter. In the words of Robert Hess, this is arguably the best chessclub in the U.S. No quarter was spared in giving chess its honor and glory and every detail of the club is first-rate. The hardwood floors, the wall art, chess motifs and other aesthetics, make this club truly a marvel and a place befitting of a place worthy enough to hold such a prestigious event. Below are some images of the venue during the U.S. Chess Championship. Enjoy!

Chess Club & Scholastic Center for St. Louis. Photo by Daaim Shabazz.

Chess Club & Scholastic Center of St. Louis

Chess Club & Scholastic Center for St. Louis. Photo by Daaim Shabazz.

Sidewalk view of the CCSLCC (Maryland Boulevard)

Reception Desk. Photo by Daaim Shabazz.

This is the reception desk greeting all guests who enter the club. It makes quite an impression!

Macauley Peterson (ICC/Chess.FM). Photo by Daaim Shabazz.

Macauley Peterson, the person behind the excellent videos.

IM Enrico Sevillano. Photo by Daaim Shabazz.

IM Enrico Sevillano

Games in Action! Photo by Daaim Shabazz.

Games in Action!

GM Gata Kamsky in a pensive pose while Alexander Onischuk ruminates. Photo by Daaim Shabazz.

GM Gata Kamsky in a pensive pose while Alexander Onischuk ruminates.

IM Michael Brooks in battle versus GM Hikaru Nakamura. Photo by Daaim Shabazz.

IM Michael Brooks in battle versus GM Hikaru Nakamura.

GM Larry Christiansen checks out the games while Tyler Hughes is on the move. Photo by Daaim Shabazz.

GM Larry Christiansen checks out the games while
Tyler Hughes is on the move.

Hikaru Nakamura at the Press Conference after his victory. Photo by Daaim Shabazz.

Hikaru Nakamura at the Press Conference after his victory over Brooks.

Local legend Charles Lawton interacting with kids. Photo by Daaim Shabazz.

Local legend Charles Lawton interacting with kids.

Local legend Charles Lawton interacting with kids. Photo by Daaim Shabazz.

Despite a poor showing, Lawton was in good spirits and was a crowd favorite.

5 Comments

  1. Photos by Daaim Shabazz
    (Round #9)

    Chess Club & Scholastic Center for St. Louis. Photo by Daaim Shabazz.

    Another day at Chess Club & Scholastic Center of St. Louis

    Daaim Shabazz and John Henderson in the press center. Photo by Jared.

    Daaim Shabazz and John Henderson (ICC) in the press center.

    GM Hikaru Nakamura vs. GM Josh Friedel in last round. Photo by Daaim Shabazz.

    GM Hikaru Nakamura vs. GM Josh Friedel

    GM Gata Kamsky. Photo by Daaim Shabazz.

    GM Gata Kamsky

    IM Irina Krush vs. Charles Lawton. Photo by Daaim Shabazz.

    IM Irina Krush vs. NM Charles Lawton

    IM Irina Krush. Photo by Daaim Shabazz.

    IM Irina Krush taking a quick break.

    GM Commentary by WGM Jennifer Shahade and GM Emil Sutovsky. Photo by Daaim Shabazz.

    Commentary by WGM Jennifer Shahade and GM Emil Sutovsky.

    Brana Giancristofaro, creator of Monroi. Photo by Daaim Shabazz.

    Brana Giancristofaro, creator of Monroi System.

    Chris Bird, Assistant Arbiter. Photo by Daaim Shabazz.

    Chris Bird, Assistant Arbiter.

    GM Jaan Ehlvest. Photo by Daaim Shabazz.

    GM Jaan Ehlvest

    GM Varuzhan Akobian. Photo by Daaim Shabazz.

    GM Varuzhan Akobian

    GMs socializing after last round. Photo by Daaim Shabazz.

    GMs socializing… GM Varuzhan Akobian chatting with GM Yury Shulman. GM Gabriel Sargissian (seated left) came to St. Louis with Akobian and IM Anna Zatonskih (seated right) relaxing after recovering from surgery.

    Daaim Shabazz and National Master Charles Lawton. Photo by Daaim Shabazz.

    Daaim Shabazz and National Master Charles Lawton

  2. Great pics. I saw you there taking them. My daughter is the one in the yellow chess shirt getting Lawton’s autograph.

    I loved watching the chess players sitting outside socializing and looking at the boards for the remaining games.

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