The Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis have produced their first segment titled, “Today in Chess” which is hosted by GMs Yasser Seirawan, Maurice Ashley, Alejandro Ramirez and Canadian GM Eric Hansen. The segment primarily focused on the ongoing Candidate’s tournament currently taking place in Moscow, Russia.
There was in depth coverage and commentary of the games, the player personalities along with game analysis and predictions. Of course, there was the subject about who would be the most able challenger to Magnus Carlsen, but the question also surfaced on who Carlsen would least like to face. It ignite a very healthy and vigorous debate. There was also a hotline to ask questions, a very welcoming idea.
The production featured a number of different formats including the usual sports setup with color commentary, one-on-one with Hansen and the “Beyond the Board” talk segment where the four GMs discussed, among other things, the future of American chess. The show will be fine-tuned as it evolves, but it has gotten off to a fine start. Maybe they will bring on guest authors of upcoming chess books. 🙂 Check out the inaugural segment and you can use the hashtag at #todayinchess.