ST. LOUIS — A national chess competition is getting under way in St. Louis with top-ranked players competing in exhibition events with middle- and high-school students.
The Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis is playing host to the 2011 U.S. Championship and the U.S. Women’s Championship for the third straight year.
The events started Thursday with the exhibition matches. One grand master is competing simultaneously in seven games.
The event will continue through April 27. There are guaranteed prize funds of at least $170,000 for the U.S. Championship and $60,000 for the U.S. Women’s Championship.
The U.S. Championship will feature 16 competitors, and the Women’s Championship will have eight.