The St. Louis Chess Club and Scholastic Center has a pretty humble beginning. After retiring and moving back to his Missouri home, financier (and Forbes contributor) Rex Sinquefield had settled into the St. Louis area. A lifelong chess player, Sinquefield told me his motivation for creating his club was pretty simple, "I just wanted a chess club. It thought it'd be nice to have a chess club in St. Louis." Nearly a decade later, the simple desire of a guy who just wanted to play chess in his retirement has turned a neighborhood in St. Louis into a virtual chess campus - complete with a club, a museum, a home for grandmasters, and a chess-themed diner.
Chess Dominion - Great chess site for learning how to play. Has interactive tutorials, chess problems and chess computers that will play you in different games so that you can practice playing with just one piece at a time. Also features an interactive section where you can enter your games for analysis or share in the analysis of someone else's game. Includes a lesson plan for teacher's interested in teaching chess in their classrooms.
Magnus Carlsen of Norway has won the World Chess Championship for the third time after defeating challenger Sergey Karjakin of Russia. Carlsen, 25, sealed victory following a series of tiebreakers at the finals held in New York. Organisers said the games were followed by about six million chess fans around the world. The prize of $1.1m (£879,000) is divided between the two players with the winner taking 60%.
If you have ever watched a person first learning to play chess, you know that a human chess player starts with very limited abilities. Once a player understands the basic rules that control each piece, he or she can "play" chess. However, the new player is not very good. Each early defeat comes as something of a surprise -- "Oh, I didn't think about that!" or "I didn't see that coming!" are common exclamations. The human mind absorbs these experiences, stores away different board configurations, discovers certain tricks and ploys, and generally soaks up the nuances of the game one move at a time.