2020 Strategy Across the Board: A Virtual Gala

2020 Strategy Across the Board: A Virtual Gala

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welcome to strategy across the board a virtual gala showcasing the many ways the st louis chess club and hall of fame is promoting chess as an art form an educational tool our live program from the st louis campus starts at the top of the hour with a special key note by world chess champion grand master gary kasparov until then please visit the virtual rooms below for a look at the broad scope of programs offered by the st louis chess club and world chess hall of fame
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can you hear it it's the sound of hope and health and strength it's the sound of compassion of open doors where people and machines are in tune and miracles occur it's the sound of personalized healthcare and active communities it sounds like life and it's what you hear when you really listen thank you for joining us for the 2020 virtual gala
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strategy across the board featuring world champion grand master gary kasparov our live program begins shortly we invite you to donate to the saint louis chess club and world chess hall of fame in our efforts to advance the artistic cultural and educational benefits of chess strategy across the board is moments away thanks for being with us
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that was an amazing piece of calculation easily dominated his rivals when in game after game the opposition has never been as heated as fiercely the most elite chess tournaments in the world hello i'm penny pennington i'm the managing partner of edward jones and our firm we have a simple and important purpose to make a meaningful difference in the lives of seven million clients and their families
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our goal is to help them to help you achieve your most important goals one way that we deliver on this is to help our clients have a better understanding of their finances and investing our branch teams see firsthand the confidence that can come from a higher level of financial knowledge after all the best way to achieve your goals is to understand how the decisions that you make today will make your goals a reality
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in the future that's why we're making tools like this online financial fitness site available to you we recognize that many young people lack the financial information necessary to establish or to strengthen your financial wellness and we want to help we know from our research that when you understand the principles of finance and investing you're more likely to plan for the future and to achieve higher levels of education income
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and career satisfaction these tools were designed to be easy to use interactive and to build financial resiliency to help you be confident about your financial decisions no matter the market or the environment we also created the site to meet you where you are so whether you use it at home or on the go we hope you find this site engaging and impactful as you hone your knowledge and get more financially fit if there's anything that we can do for
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you we have nineteen 000 financial advisors in all 50 states in all 10 provinces in canada and we're here to help you to answer your financial questions thank you for the opportunity to serve you professional golf returns to st louis in 2021 the ascension charity classic presented by emerson stars like phil mickelson ernie ells jim furyk and more compete at norwood hills country club september 6 through the 12th tickets
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clubhouse passes hospitality suites and pro am foursomes are on sale now all proceeds go to north st louis county charities visit ascensioncharityclassic.com or call 314-938-2828 pga tour golf is back in the loo the ascension charity classic welcome to strategy across the board a virtual gala showcasing the many ways the st louis chess club and hall of fame is promoting chess as an art form an educational tool our live program from the st louis campus starts at the top of the hour
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with a special keynote by world chess champion grand master gary kasparov until then please visit the virtual rooms below for a look at the broad scope of programs offered by the st louis chess club and world chess hall of fame the st louis chess club is pleased to announce the expansion of our world-class chess facility the 20 000 square foot expansion and upgraded facility will feature new ground-level classrooms supporting players of all ages as well as expanded tournament and community gathering spaces with
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state-of-the-art technology accessibility upgrades including a new three-story elevator will provide access for all participants and allow even greater community engagement in the great game of chess as a proud resident of the central west end neighborhood for over a decade our hope is to build upon our investment into the community and solidify st louis as america's chess capital and preeminent global destination for lovers of the sport we look forward to seeing you in our new space in 2021 when we will host the 2021 u.s chess
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championships 2021 u.s juniors and senior championships the sinkfield cup st louis rapid and blitz and more welcome to the chess capital of the united states the st louis chess campus in the heart of the vibrant central west end has established itself as a premier global destination for chess and is comprised of two unique non-profit institutions
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the chess club and scholastic center of st louis is recognized as the top chess facility in the world and plays host to all major tournaments including the us chess championships and the sinkfield cup one of the strongest chess tournaments globally tournaments are broadcast online to more than 150 countries led by an expert commentary team of grand masters the chess club is an educational organization committed to promoting the game of chess with a specific focus on bringing the benefits of chess to children throughout the st
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louis area research shows children who play chess exhibit improved analytical skills and increased confidence the chess club is highly engaged with the local community bringing scholastic chess programs to more than 100 schools providing hundreds of classes each week directly across the street from the chess club is the world chess hall of fame this one-of-a-kind cultural institution invites visitors to experience chess in imaginative ways and is home to the us and world chess halls of faith cutting edge exhibitions
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feature rare historic chess artifacts paired with world-class art innovative programming explores the intersection of chess art and culture visitors can enjoy interactive programs designed around the exhibitions and monthly music in the galleries the world chess hall of fame is nothing you expect and everything you love three different galleries and a premier gift shop highlight the culture history and creativity behind the game come visit play chess leave enriched to learn more about the
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st louis chess campus visit stlchestcampus.org do welcome to strategy across the board a virtual gala showcasing the many ways the st louis chess club and hall of fame is promoting chess as an art form an educational tool our live program from the st louis campus starts at the top of the hour with a special keynote by world chess champion grand master gary kasparov until then
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please visit the virtual rooms below for a look at the broad scope of programs offered by the st louis chess club and world chess hall of fame can you hear it it's the sound of hope and health and strength it's the sound of compassion of open doors where people and machines are in tune
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and miracles occur it's the sound of personalized healthcare and active communities it sounds like life and it's what you hear when you really listen welcome to strategy across the board a virtual gala showcasing the many ways the st louis chess club and hall of fame is promoting chess as an art form an educational tool our live program from the st louis campus starts at the top of the hour with a special keynote by world chess
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champion grand master gary kasparov until then please visit the virtual rooms below for a look at the broad scope of programs offered by the st louis chess club and world chess hall of fame the prochest leak is an online chess competition with teams that span worldwide this season the st louis
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archbishops won the league championship for an incredible third time in four years undefeated in their regular season st louis beat india china and armenia to cement the archbishops as a true chess dynasty we salute this year's all-star team fabiano caruana wesley so linear dominguez and jeffrey zhang thank you for joining us for the 2020 virtual gala strategy across the board featuring world champion
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grand master gary kasparov our live program begins shortly we invite you to donate to the st louis chess club in world chess hall of fame in our efforts to advance the artistic cultural and educational benefits of chess strategy across the board is moments away thanks for being with us the st louis chess club is pleased to announce the expansion of our
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world-class chess facility the 20 000 square foot expansion and upgraded facility will feature new ground-level classrooms supporting players of all ages as well as expanded tournament and community gathering spaces with state-of-the-art technology accessibility upgrades including a new three-story elevator will provide access for all participants and allow even greater community engagement in the great game of chess as a proud resident of the central west end neighborhood for over a decade our hope is to build upon our investment into the community
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and solidify st louis as america's chess capital and preeminent global destination for lovers of the sport we look forward to seeing you in our new space in 2021 when we will host the 2021 u.s chess championships 2021 u.s juniors and senior championships the sinkfield cup st louis rapid and blitz and more thank you for joining us for the 2020 virtual gala strategy across the board featuring world champion grand master
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gary kasparov our live program begins shortly we invite you to donate to the st louis chess club in world chess hall of fame in our efforts to advance the artistic cultural and educational benefits of chess strategy across the board is moments away thanks for being with us professional golf returns to st louis in 2021 the ascension charity classic presented by emerson
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stars like phil mickelson ernie else jim furyk and more compete at norwood hills country club september 6th through the 12th tickets clubhouse passes hospitality suites and pro-am foursomes are on sale now all proceeds go to north st louis county charities visit ascensioncharityclassic.com or call 314-938-282 pga tour golf is back in the louvre the ascension charity classic welcome to strategy across the board a virtual gala showcasing the many ways the st louis chess club and hall of fame is
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promoting chess as an art form an educational tool our live program from the st louis campus starts at the top of the hour with a special keynote by world chess champion grand master gary kasparov until then please visit the virtual rooms below for a look at the broad scope of programs offered by the st louis chess club and world chess hall of fame hello i'm penny pennington i'm the managing partner
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of edward jones and our firm we have a simple and important purpose to make a meaningful difference in the lives of seven million clients and their families our goal is to help them to help you achieve your most important goals one way that we deliver on this is to help our clients have a better understanding of their finances and investing our branch teams see firsthand the confidence that can come from a higher level of financial knowledge
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after all the best way to achieve your goals is to understand how the decisions that you make today will make your goals a reality in the future that's why we're making tools like this online financial fitness site available to you we recognize that many young people lack the financial information necessary to establish or to strengthen your financial wellness and we want to help we know from our research that when you understand the principles of finance
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and investing you're more likely to plan for the future and to achieve higher levels of education income and career satisfaction these tools were designed to be easy to use interactive and to build financial resiliency to help you be confident about your financial decisions no matter the market or the environment we also created the site to meet you where you are so whether you use it at home or on the go we hope you find this site engaging
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and impactful as you hone your knowledge and get more financially fit if there's anything that we can do for you we have 19 000 financial advisors in all 50 states and all 10 provinces in canada and we're here to help you to answer your financial questions thank you for the opportunity to serve you can you hear it it's the sound of hope and health and strength it's the sound
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of compassion of open doors where people and machines are in tune and miracles occur it's the sound of personalized healthcare and active communities it sounds like life and it's what you hear when you really listen thank you for joining us for the 2020 virtual gala strategy across the board featuring world champion grand master gary kasparov our live program begins
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shortly we invite you to donate to the st louis chess club in world chess hall of fame in our efforts to advance the artistic cultural and educational benefits of chess strategy across the board is moments away thanks for being with us welcome to the chess capital of the united states the st louis chess campus in the heart of the vibrant central west end
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has established itself as a premier global destination for chess and is comprised of two unique non-profit institutions the chess club and scholastic center of st louis is recognized as the top chess facility in the world and plays host to all major tournaments including the us chess championships and the sinkfield cup one of the strongest chess tournaments globally tournaments are broadcast online to more than 150 countries led by an expert commentary team of grand masters the chess club is an educational
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organization committed to promoting the game of chess with a specific focus on bringing the benefits of chess to children throughout the st louis area research shows children who play chess exhibit improved analytical skills and increased confidence the chess club is highly engaged with the local community bringing scholastic chess programs to more than 100 schools providing hundreds of classes each week directly across the street from the chess club is the world chess hall of fame this one-of-a-kind cultural institution
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invites visitors to experience chess in imaginative ways and is home to the us and world chess halls of faith cutting-edge exhibitions feature rare historic chess artifacts paired with world-class art innovative programming explores the intersection of chess art and culture visitors can enjoy interactive programs designed around the exhibitions and monthly music in the galleries the world chess hall of fame is nothing you expect and everything you love three different galleries and a premier gift shop highlight the
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culture history and creativity behind the game come visit play chess leave enriched to learn more about the st louis chess campus visit stlchestcampus.org that was an amazing piece of calculation that easily dominated his rivals when in game after game the opposition has never been as heated as fierce and most elite chess
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tournaments in the world time and time again chess has proven that it's a connector a connector for people no matter your race your economic status or the language you speak the rules are the same for everyone my name is lauren stewart director of development for the st louis chess club and world chess hall of fame and welcome to the fourth annual
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strategy across the board gala and though we can't be together in person tonight we are excited to celebrate with you virtually st louis has seen a surge in chess over the last decade which has been incredible and not only do we play chess at the st louis chess club but we played in parks all throughout the city of st louis such as this one and if you happen to visit one of these parks you may get the opportunity to play against one of the 25 grand masters that have chose to move to st louis and make a life here
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all for the game of chess many of these grand masters are walking our very own college campuses playing for their collegiate chess team webster university university of missouri columbia and our very own st louis university these rising chest stars are setting the precedent for all young students interested in the game of chess not only does chess encourage strategy and confidence but it creates art shapes culture and has produced some of the best artwork of all time the world chess hall of fame is just one piece of the puzzle
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to the cultural offerings in st louis it too is a connector binding together art culture history fashion and music solo artists and local musicians are given life-changing opportunities at the world chess hall of fame and our visitors and members are able to experience it firsthand the world trust hall of fame is the only institution of its kind in the world featuring the world's largest chess piece certified by the guinness book of world records normally this place is filled with
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students and adults battling over the board but like everyone else in 2020 we've had to make adjustments due to covet 19 our scholastic chess initiative has gone completely virtual on our newly created scholastic chess portal a safe alternative for students to log on each week secretly build their confidence and play against their classmates without the support and the vision of our founders dr jeanne karen singfield and rex singfield chess and st louis just simply wouldn't be possible i'd like to thank our presenting
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sponsors along with jeannie and racks edward jones and ascension for their ongoing support as non-profit organizations we rely heavily on the support of the community we hope you'll feel inspired tonight to make a gift and help support chess and st louis and around the world now i'd like to introduce to you somebody who's been incredibly supportive of the st louis chess campus and strategy across the board he appreciates what chess has done for students and adults and he has seen firsthand how chess impacts somebody's life
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he plays on the edward jones corporate chess league team he's a general partner with edward jones and he is the 2020 event chair for strategy across the board it's my pleasure to introduce you to john beckstead thank you lauren hello and welcome to strategy across the board a virtual gala for the saint louis chess club and the world chess hall of fame my name is john beckstead and i'm the event chair for tonight's event on behalf of edward jones investments we are thrilled to be one of the presenting sponsors this evening
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a very special thank you to dr jean karen singfeld and rex singfeld as well as ascension our co-presenting sponsors for the event this is our fourth annual gala and it does look a little different this year even though we can't be together in person we're excited for you to be joining us tonight from your homes we have a wonderful program for you that really showcases the great things that the st louis chess campus has done to advance the game of chess both here in st louis as well as all around the globe i'd like to thank you in advance for
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your support tonight and i hope you'll consider making a gift to continue to advance the game of chess now let's get started i'd like to introduce you to our master of ceremonies for this evening mike isaacson mike is in his 10th season as the artistic director and executive producer of the muni he's the third person to hold this position in the muni's 103 year history for nearly 25 years mike has been producing on broadway in london in many national tours he's produced 23 broadway shows and is
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the recipient of six tony awards including two for best musical we're so thankful to have his talents here tonight to help us ladies and gentlemen it's my pleasure to introduce to you mike isaacson good evening and we are live here in the studios of the st louis chess club on behalf of the st louis chess club and world chess hall of fame welcome to the fourth annual strategy across the board gala i'm mike isaacson and i'm so proud to be your host for tonight's virtual fundraiser
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now you may ask yourself how did a broadway guy a theater guy end up hosting a benefit celebrating chess well i have to tell you i was so excited when they asked me to do this i live and work nearby and for about the last decade i have watched in total awe of all the incredible progress of these two institutions the interest in prominence the st louis chess club and the world chess hall of fame have brought to st louis along with thousands of visitors and so many incredible talents
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well it's just been really exciting and i'm in awe of it it's also wonderful to celebrate a game that embodies and celebrates the best of who we are chess is the discipline and power of the mind chess is a respect for tradition chess is fierce and honorable competition chess is a worldwide community and yes this year's fundraiser looks slightly different and we sure wish we could all be together in person but i want you to know that this amazing hour we're going to spend together was
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created with exacting safety standards and precautions just off the screen here is my mask there's two other people in the room they're like 10 yards away they have done everything to the highest standards and we need to congratulate them for making this happen tonight is going to be a wonderful night celebrating the game of chess through education art and culture and i hope you had a chance to view our cocktail rooms prior to seven o'clock if not after the program tonight you'll be able to click the videos below me and watch all of the wonderful offerings
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both the st louis chess club and the world chess hall of fame have to offer today december 1st is giving tuesday a global generosity movement unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities in the world and this is the perfect time for you to support the important work here at the st louis chess club and world chess hall of fame please consider making a donations of 25 or more this evening and don't forget to check out our amazing auction which will be open until next tuesday december 8th
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at 5 pm central time if you're tuning in to our event site click the items tab in the upper left corner of your screen if you're watching via youtube visit 2020satb.givesmart.com to view the items the cocktail reception videos or to make a donation it's a full wonderful program tonight so let's get started and we're going to begin with some fun the st louis chess club is all about using chess as an educational tool and that includes players at the college level you're going to meet coaches of two university teams two
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programs made possible by the chess club let's take a look hello i'm grand master alejandro ramirez i am the coach of saint louis university thanks to our partnership with the st louis chess club from back in 2016 we've been able to build an elite chess team for our school starting with only four grand masters we were able to build up the team to now have 12 scholarship players and they have represented us in all parts of the world from panama all the way to china we are proud to have an elite
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team with us thanks to the generosity of dr ginny singfield and of course rack singfield with us is also the head coach of mizzou's chess program christian carrillo thank you alejandro and uh welcome everybody at the gala it's an honor and a privilege to be here with you and represent the university of missouri we are a new program we partner in 2019 with the saint louis chess club it has been a very fruitful partnership and we have grown to have
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four grand masters right now on our team and we are continuing to expand and uh we have a match on our hands today between uh two of our freshmen alejandro who is your player the newest member of the st louis university chess team is gabriela antova she is a women's international master hailing from bulgaria she's a multiple time medalist out of european youths and she's here to show what she's made of and from mizzou we have uh olia badelka she is a freshman from belarus she is actually going to be
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playing from belarus and uh yeah let's start the games and off we go off we go with a very interesting ready opening i didn't know that you taught such passive openings christian um well you know the repertoire is something that the players come with and this was part of uh olia's repertoire but also i wouldn't say that the red is necessarily a passive opening it's a very nuanced opening detailed if you might say alejandro we
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will keep an eye on our players and the moves they make and we will be back with you shortly st louis is a city known for its vast array of cultural offerings and its long-standing support of the arts including the world chess hall of fame the world chess hall of fame is passionate about educating visitors and celebrating one of the globe's most beloved games by exhibiting world-renowned artists and showcasing the best artistic talent st louis has to offer as a matter of fact i'm standing right now in the first
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floor of the world chess hall of fame in their newest exhibition keith herring radiant gambit and it is fantastic you must come visit and see it the world chess hall of fame invited four local artists to create brand new works all paying homage to herring including local artist pete eise woliger take a look at how the world chess hall of fame ended up in st louis and the opportunity it provides st louis artists to be featured in this internationally recognized museum in 1986 the u.s chess federation founded
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the chess hall of fame unfortunately in 2008 with the recession the museum had to close and that just happened to be the time where in july of 2008 the st louis chess club opened up and immediately all eyes were on st louis chess they started hosting the us championships and the women's championships and it just kept growing and growing and growing so the people that had been involved with the museum in miami thought that this would be a perfect location for this museum which was no longer open so a 501 c 3 was started the sing fields with their
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generosity provided the seed money to move the museum to st louis and it just happened to be a building across the street from the club was for sale it was renovated the contents of the museum moved here and we started building a museum here in st louis the unique thing about the world chess hall of fame as it is in st louis is that it's not just a chess hall of fame we do all kinds of cultural programming here we've got monthly music series composer series
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our exhibitions don't just look at the great players of the game but how chess is incorporated in every aspect of life we do shows like chess and fashion chess and science chess and space chess and beauty and so you do not have to be a expert chess player or a chess historian to come here and enjoy the exhibitions enjoy our programming and learn something new we show all different caliber of artists and we've shown everything from yoko ono
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to the great photojournalist harry benson one thing that i think is also so important to do is showcase local artists artists need opportunities to really show the work that they've been putting their heart and soul in that opportunity for artists at the chess hall of fame who exhibited here it's priceless being able to create so freely
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and with such a strong team is any artist's dream the world chess hall of fame really created sort of like a hub of a community of arts based around the idea and concept of chess i feel as if it's brought a community together that might not otherwise interact st louis is such a unique city it has so many cultural institutions and i think that we fit so well into that unique atmosphere here
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our attendance has been exploding in the last couple of years and we are so proud of that and in may this year we welcomed our 100 000th visitor we have people from all over the world coming to visit we really are becoming a destination spot in st louis because of the vision of the sing fields and their constant support and the support of our amazing donors it gives the staff so much opportunity to create unique
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and amazing programming whenever you are trying to add something meaningful to your community it really takes an all hands on deck kind of approach when you really see what the impact of chess has you see why it is so critical to have everybody's support i am so looking forward to the next chapter of chess and st louis especially at the hall of fame with our exhibitions programming our artistic programming and getting new people to love the game of chess
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good evening and thank you for joining us my name is nate cohen me my family and my family business cohen architectural woodworking have been long time partners and supporters of the st louis chess club and the world chess hall of fame we're proud to support the chess campus and the strategy across the board and what it represents spreading the lifelong benefits of the game of chess especially in rural communities throughout the state of missouri which rings true for us being in st james
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chess has the power to change lives and transform future generations as a member of the chess campus young professionals board i've seen firsthand how these organizations have inspired our communities and i'm excited for what's to come i'd like to thank dr jeannie and rex sinkfield for their vision and their commitment to chess please consider making a gift to the chess campus to advance scholastic chess programming and art and culture of the game
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i hope you enjoy the rest of the program the saint louis chess club and the world chess hall of fame wouldn't exist it wasn't for co-founders dr jeannie karen singfeld and rexingfeld what they have accomplished for the game of chess here in st louis is unprecedented let's take a look at the amazing journey of rexingfeld rex singhfield was born in saint louis after the unexpected death of his father
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rex and his younger brother jerry moved to the saint vincent home for children in st louis at saint vincent's rex was cared for by the sisters of christian charity he studied hard found ways to make his peers laugh and succeeded after graduating from bishop de berg high school in st louis rex entered the seminary after three years rex made the difficult decision not to pursue the priesthood and instead enrolled in st louis university where he majored in
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philosophy and business rex then moved on to the university of chicago where he studied business under nobel prize winners and american economists eugene fama and merton miller rex earned a masters of business administration and was now an mba rex went to work for the american national bank of chicago where he pioneered a new way of investing index funds it was a life-changing discovery in 1981 together with college classmate david booth
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rexco founded the investment firm dimensional fund advisors dimensional's great success allowed rex to pursue one of his great passions chess in 2008 along with wife dr jeannie karen singfeld rex opened the st louis chess club and scholastic center which has now become the epicenter of chess in america rex is active in many civic and cultural institutions and with wife dr jeanne continue to support the community with generous financial contributions rec serves on the boards of the missouri
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botanical garden missouri history museum opera theater of st louis st louis art museum st louis symphony the contemporary art museum the saint vincent home for children and st louis university i'm proud to present to you the co-founder of the st louis chess club and the world chess hall of fame rex singfeld good evening and welcome to our annual strategy across the board gala i'm sorry that we can't all be here
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tonight in person enjoying the dinner and the program together but it's given us an opportunity to try new things and to reach the chess fans and educators across the globe i want to thank lauren ryan and the staff for creating this gala and randy and the team at spectrum studios for powering this gala tonight and as always we want to thank joy and her staff for overseeing this wonderful event this year has been challenging for all of us
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but we see this as an opportunity for everyone to reset and realize what's important to all of us personally as you know i have a passion for chess many people wonder why and i have personally seen the transformation of what the chess club has done with students and the impact the game has had on them both inside and outside of the classroom we're grateful for all of you being here and we encourage all of you to make a donation tonight to help achieve our fundraising goals
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because it's your efforts to make all of this possible our fundraising goals support our programming in st louis and beyond now i would like to introduce a short video that focuses on the mission of the chess club and how we are impacting the lives of the saint louis community the mission of the st louis chess club is three-fold we hold major events to spotlight the top players both nationally and internationally we run a chess club which is a great community center that's open to the public seven days a week
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and most importantly we focus on st louis area schools where we teach chess to more than 100 classrooms each school year chess helps students understand planning metacognition which is thinking about their thinking and it also helps them to understand strategy overall as far as thinking three or four or five steps ahead the kids have been very excited and they've shown enthusiasm about learning the game and teaching it to their peers as well i've been surprised how passionate they
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are about it and they're able to comprehend chess at such a very young age studies show the children who play chess and play it actively their reading scores improve by a grade level because of the concentration because of the focus of chess they are able to tune out a lot of distractions in their academics and focus on the subject at hand the kids care they're asking is the community partner still coming are we still going to have chess today they're
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really excited to see i get to go to the tournament and they're eager to share all of that you can see their confidence in it we've seen students master doing multi-step moves and chess and we see that transfer over into multi-step equations in mathematics all because of the introduction of chess into our schools the chess cops program puts us in a situation for a dialogue for a competition that we otherwise would not have and the conversation that may or may not
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occur at the board might have to do with chess it might have to do with things going on at home might have to do with a basketball game and that conversation can open up a lot of doors this gives kids a chance to see us in a far different light than out on the street where we may be in a more formal and enforcement capacity they get to see that we're we're just like anybody else sharing a love for chess one of the most important things that i feel as a parent and as an adult is to teach young minds to strategically problem
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solve and chess is an absolute phenomenal way for them to hone in on that skill set it helps them with their critical thinking they learn instead of planning one or two steps ahead that you got to plan a lot further this is a type of program you can't just measure this with numbers you'll never be able to quantify the significance of what's happening over those chess boards when they're back out in the community they can honestly
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plan far enough in advance to have success the st louis chess club would like to see chess in every classroom they'd like to see every student in the st louis area receive chess programming not to make grandmasters out of these students but more importantly to teach the life lessons that the game of chess can instill we encourage any school district and all other partners to get engaged because our children need these type of activities now over the years we have had the great fortune to work very closely
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with legendary world champion gary kasparov and his guidance and his insight and leadership have helped us do a lot of wonderful things and at this time i would like to introduce him and a video of the great grand master gary castrof hello everyone this is gary kasparov speaking from croatia i'm sorry we cannot all be together in saint louis which has become a second home to me actually i'm sorry i cannot
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be anywhere these days i usually spend hundreds of hours on airplane each year however and i don't really miss that part but a few more months of lockdown and i'll probably be feeling nostalgic about the airport security line saint louis became a second home to me because it has become a first home to my beloved game of chess thanks to rex and ginny sinfield missouri has become the epicenter
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of a chess renaissance in the united states america is bringing home gold medals in every age group and challenging for the world championship for the first time since bobby fischer best of all chess is being treated with a new level of respect that reminds me of the soviet union thankfully nothing else here does and as is always the case american leadership matters in the world and he said louis had impressive ripple effects across the
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globe with more elite events than ever even more importantly chess is booming on the grassroots level across the country school programs use tournaments chess is making great progress this is no small thing and not just about bringing home or gold medals as rex and i believe and as many studies show chess is a powerful tool for education with many benefits for
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kids it's much more than math as many still as you chess develops critical thinking skills and creative problem solving it allows for healthy competition between anyone at any age and while i might be a little bit biased chess develops character and discipline if you want to win you must prepare control your emotions and learn to accept and understand your failures most of all chess is fun
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the game has survived and thrived for hundreds of years and now competes successfully with the internet and video games when i was a kid growing up on the soviet union there wasn't much else to do but today kids have a million distractions and yet chess still adapts and expands in the ussr chess was taken quite seriously as a hobby and a sport but the game also has a long positive history in the
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united states even in saint louis one of the host cities of the very first official world chess championship in 1886 america's attraction to chess has stayed alive all the time especially in pop culture hollywood has long been fascinated by chess as a symbol of logic and intelligence a couple of my favorites i'm free bogart in casablanca and of course a scene from james bond
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from russia with love even aliens play chess in the original star trek series the emotional human captain kirk often defeated the super logical vulcan mr spock moving into the 21st century young wizards play chess at hogwarts in harry potter teenage vampires play in the twilight series it's always pleasant to see chess and chess players portrayed in positive light there's still some stereotypes
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about players that the game can make you crazy or that is only for super intelligent nerds i've always been happy to participate in any projects that can help refute these all cliches last year one such opportunity came up and i had to accept if you haven't watched the queen's gambit on netflix yet apparently you are one of the few a
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series about a female chess prodigy has become the number one netflix show in the us and the world amazing based on the 1983 novel by walter tevis it's a fictional coming-of-age story about a kentucky orphan named best hormone who becomes a chess star while struggling with substance addictions in the 60s when the show's creator scott frank contacted me about being involved i couldn't say no he first tried to get
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me to play best soviet rival while champion vasily borgo who faces her in the dramatic climax of the show don't worry no spoilers but i didn't think i could invest so much time and instead offered my services as a consultant i created the key chess games seen in the show in most cases modifying actual grandmaster games in ways to fit the descriptions in the book i also helped make sure
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the chest atmosphere was realistic of course there have to be some theatrical license but it is as real as anything you will see from hollywood i also made some contributions about the how the soviets acted including the kgb guys who were always around even when i was playing two decades after bess harmon's fictional story takes place there are already signs that the success of the queen's gambit
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is fueling a new chess boom google searches for learning to play chess have gone way up and some days it feels like most of my social media feed is full of compliments and questions about the series i don't know how many people will actually continue with this new interest but having a brilliant show about chess be number one must be better than the last netflix show that was number one
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that one was about a tiger king not a chess king much of my time these days is dedicated to lecturing about what i call the human machine relationship i speak on it from personal experience some of you may recall that i played two matches against an ibm super computer d blue in 1996 and in 1997. yes there were two matches nobody remembers that i won the first one oh well after that
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i figured if you can beat them join them the writing was on the wall today you can play a free app on your phones that is stronger than the blue a good example of how fast technology moves the blue wasn't intelligent really even though it considered a landmark in artificial intelligence it was as intelligent as your alarm clock although losing to a 10 million dollar alarm clock
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didn't make me feel any better for me life went on for deep blue wow this picture is a real place a sushi restaurant in terminal 5 at jfk airport in new york city i have to pass it all the time i love sushi but i can't eat there all jokes aside our future will be defined but how well we adapt to working with our increasingly intelligent machines
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it's about teamwork not competition it's human plus machine not humans against machine and i will continue to take over more and more road work allowing us to be more creative i like to say that we're not being replaced we are being promoted this is why i prefer to call ai augmented intelligence not artificial it makes us smarter the way telescope enhances our vision and in both cases we have to know how to point it in the right direction
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hollywood has some insight into this as well this might seem like a bad example to tell people not to be afraid of intelligent machines the original movie came out in 1984 and was the story of a rock ai called skynet it became self-aware and decided to try to wipe out humanity except why would an intelligent ai do this nobody ever explains that part
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more importantly the second and the third terminator movies are great examples of human plus machine defeating a superior machine the old t800 model played by arnold schwarzenegger teams up first with sarah connor and later with her teenage son to defeat the far more advanced terminator models they cannot match their power but they use the power they have more creatively and they adapt better and faster than
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the machines and that photo of me and arnold isn't cgi even terminators play chess if not quite well as the blue i'm sure you understand why i offered him a draw quite early chess has been a great laboratory for our machines and our human minds as well and now we bring these threads together kids today have all the knowledge in the world at their fingerprints they will grow up with
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virtual assistants surrounded by algorithms the potential power is remarkable especially if you compare to what we grew up with we're all worried about our kids having too much screen time right but think about what they can do with those screens anything limitless information more computing power in their pockets than all of nasa when america landed on the moon in 1969 the issue is one not of resources but of
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judgment of critical thinking of creativity of collaboration these are the things we must develop in our kids to thrive in the age of intelligent machines we don't really need to teach them what and when anymore but how and why this to no surprise is where we come back to chess back to missouri and back to the san luis chess club
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because those are all things that chess can teach us and can teach our children with every move we make a decision with every response we learn the consequences of our actions from every game we see our strengths and weaknesses and our own decision making style on the 64 squares few young players will become chess masters but chess will help every one of them become masters of themselves
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masters of their own minds it will also provide a lifetime of joy and competition as much for kids growing up in san luis today as for me growing up in baku 50 years ago this is why i'm always happy to support the saint louis chess club and i hope you will be as well thank you
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wow thank you for those inspiring words gary what you have done and what are you doing for chess all across the globe is truly making a difference i had no idea you were so involved with the queen's gambit and if you're watching and you haven't watched it yet when we're done here check it out it's on netflix it's truly the best thing of the year now if like me you were inspired by gary's words i encourage you to make a donation now to support the st louis chess campuses scholastic chess programs and further chess education
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through the lens of art history and culture no donation is too small and we truly appreciate your support and what would any good fundraiser be without an auction we have a great auction items for you just waiting for your bid bit it up bit it up let's take a look at them the 2020 strategy across the board auction items are live the auction starts now and ends in one week on december 8th at 5 p.m central standard time bid now on some incredible items highlights this year range from autographed chessboards from the world's
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greatest chess players to an amazing observer experience at the 2021 pga champions tour don't miss out on the exclusive luxury chess sets from the house of staunton pearling london and american chess equipment all the proceeds from the auction go to support the mission and wonderful work of both the saint louis chess club and the world chess hall of fame the auction is going on right now so if you're tuning in to our event site click the items tab in the upper left corner of your screen if you're watching on youtube visit
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2020satb.givesmart.com to see the items the cocktail reception videos or to make a donation remember make a donation have i been clear make a donation all right let's check in on the collegiate challenge and have some more fun how is it going coaches our game is well underway it's an exciting moment let's check in on the action christian what do you see on the board a very interesting middle game alejandro uh the the opening phase was a bit
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slower but right now things are indeed heating up and as we can see black has those uh two pawns close to the center the c5 and the d5 pawns but they're called hanging pawns but right now they're going to be under attack the knight on a4 is attacking the pawn on c5 the bishop g2 is nicely placed on the long diagonal to attack the pawn on d5 so this is going to be a battle between the dynamic play of black behind those pawns and the strategic play of white with a better structure against those
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spawns we're going to see uh who is going to come out ahead it's a very dynamic position but i have to say as a positional player i do like the way that your player is handling this structure so far let's see if uh gabriella can show us exactly what her dynamism is in this position because it's starting to be very sharp for her you can see that white has already immediate threats of for example taking this knight on f6 and weakening that position of the c5 pawn something that she has to be worried about right on this moment and the time
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management christian what's going on and specifically for that reason alejandro i think you should uh black that is has to play the move d4 and i think that was played already on the board we're getting some new moves it seems like um we had transmission cut off for just a second there but we see the time management is actually not that bad for your player it seemed at that point that your player was falling behind but in fact she is ahead on time so this is still a very complex middle game
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and alejandro shall we come back to this a little bit later let's do it let's wait for more developments and we'll be right back st louis university celebrating its 200th anniversary offering world-class education in the heart of st louis slu attracts students and professors from around the globe in 2015 slu partnered with the st louis chess club to start a top-tier collegiate chess team on the very first year of the teen's inception slu obtained second best university at the pan-american intercollegiate chess
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championships higher purpose greater good st louis university the pro-chess league is an online chess competition with teams that span worldwide this season the st louis archbishops won the league championship for an incredible third time in four years undefeated in their regular season st louis beat india china and armenia to cement the archbishops as a true chess dynasty we salute this year's all-star team
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fabiano caruana wesley so linear dominguez and jeffrey zhang i'm so excited to introduce this next segment because it's really hits home and is personal because from where i'm standing right now i live actually just one block away and this is how i became first aware of the chess club and the st louis chess hall of fame because if you live in st louis you've seen the incredible energy that this institution has created over the last 12 years it is so exciting
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and so dynamic and we're so grateful and because of what's been done here st louis wants more chess it wants more chess in schools more community collaborations more chess exhibitions and all of that has culminated in this room i'm standing in right now which is the middle of the renovation to keep up with this overwhelming demand the saint louis club is thrilled to welcome everyone to its newly expanded facilities during the spring of 2021. let's take a look the st louis chess club is pleased to announce the expansion of our
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world-class chess facility the 20 000 square foot expansion and upgraded facility will feature new ground-level classrooms supporting players of all ages as well as expanded tournament and community gathering spaces with state-of-the-art technology accessibility upgrades including a new three-story elevator will provide access for all participants and allow even greater community engagement in the great game of chess as a proud resident of the central west end neighborhood for over a decade our hope is to build upon our investment into the community
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and solidify st louis as america's chess capital and preeminent global destination for lovers of the sport we look forward to seeing you in our new space in 2021 when we will host the 2021 u.s chess championships 2021 u.s juniors and senior championships the sinkfield cup st louis rapid and blitz and more there are many people in corporations to thank for their continuing support for all that the st louis
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chess club and the world chess hall of fame have to offer let's take a moment to share with you a list of our devoted sponsors these are the names that make it all possible so professional golf returns to saint louis in 2021 the ascension charity classic presented by emerson stars like phil mickelson ernie else jim furyk and more compete at norwood hills country club september 6th through the 12th tickets clubhouse passes hospitality suites and pro-am foursomes are on sale now all proceeds go to north st louis county
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charities visit ascensioncharityclassic.com or call 314-938-2828 pga tour golf is back in the lou the ascension charity classic okay one last time let's go back to our collegiate challenge coaches take it away where are the last seconds of this game even though the players have a two second increment that means they get two seconds added every time they make a move you can see that gabrielle is down to only four seconds she's surviving on that increment christian your player has an extra pawn
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down to four seconds down a pawn i like the chances of my player this one is looking good for white at the same time gabriella still has that very very dangerous d-pawn that's definitely going to go down the board so this is still a close call guys oh yeah and i can see that she's completely reliant on that deep queen check that hurts going for uh for a ride it is but you can see your player is going down in seconds and it's just such a sharp game no queen d3 was an
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ugly check to allow the king is in serious danger now on h6 what now though she still has to find the final blow and that is knight f3 knight to e5 i like this maneuver knight to e5 put the knight in the center g4 g5 g4 g5 she has to go for g4 g5 she was afraid of rook takes c5 has she run out of time no she's not running kings of g5 it's going places but i think oh no that g5 is really gonna seal the deal wins a piece and i think the game i
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don't think you can save that king on h6 anymore and that's a win for a white uh alejandro what a game these players these freshmen at our universities have been putting on a show and once again i want to take this time to uh thank everybody that's making our collegiate programs possible and of course there is st louis chess club uh under the patronage of uh dr jeanne and rex singfield who have been amazing and they are supporting chess from the foundation now from the scholastic level all the way to the
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collegiate level and then if you're good enough all the way to the us championship level so thank you absolutely without your help this program simply wouldn't be possible and we hope to make you proud representing slu and mizzou at many different events not just in america but around the world founded in 1839 the university of missouri is steeped in tradition the recently founded mizzou chess program is a partnership between the university of missouri and the st louis chess club collegiate jess has
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been experiencing a meteoric rise at the national level through its tradition of excellence mizzou has always strived for the best mizzou chess is working towards raising the bar by bringing our institutions ethos of respect responsibility discovery and excellence to the chessboard now it's time for you to meet the first of two very special guests tanita ottawame is 10 years old and a chess champion he learned to play chess while living in a homeless shelter
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in manhattan we met tani just after he won the k-3 new york state chess championship in 2019. he spent some time with us here at the chess club and to say the least left an impression at 10 years old tony is an author among other things and he is well on his way to conquering the world of chess we believe he will make an impression on you just like he did on us i think chess is really important for students it helps them be smarter it helps with math things like that but it just helps them personally in their
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life and things like that so i'm really excited to have a book come out about my story and my family's story in the book it's basically the story and from nigeria and a big big um from a small small family to now over the whole world by the way this is my book so my life has definitely changed in 2020 a lot it's been very very tough i mean to
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covet and i didn't i didn't i don't i don't get to play so much tournaments it's it's not the best but i always know god is doing something so i'm just practicing at home playing online watching account and like stuff like that and my goal for next year is to become an international master or even a grandmaster youngest grandmaster advice i would give someone that's like starting to play the game
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the advice i would give them is how to move the pieces and then general strategies basically they need a lot of hard work because hard work beats talent if talent doesn't have hard work now as i mentioned earlier today is tuesday december 1st giving tuesday as it's known around the world and it's the perfect time for you to help us continue the important work of the st
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louis chess club and the world chess hall of fame ready for this to date we have raised over 175 thousand dollars on our way to our goal of 300 000 dollars we need your donation right now and we're asking for 25 or more to push us over the top and our auction is also going on right now and remains open through next tuesday december 8th at 5 p.m so please put in your bed soon have your neighbor outbid you and then
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you outbid them now if you're tuning in to our event site click the items tab in the upper left corner of your screen if you're watching via youtube visit 2020satb to view the items the cocktail reception or to make a donation and now tonight's second very special guest baseball's mike matheny is a longtime friend of the singfelds and the st louis chess club mike spent 13 years as a catcher in the major leagues managed the saint louis cardinals and now manages the kansas city royals
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mike is a tremendous supporter of chess in st louis this has been i always look forward to for a number of reasons one the people continue to meet incredible people involved in chess and the st louis area and to just watch how the st louis area has become such a make mega spot for the world of chess and i know that's due to a lot of effort just want to thank you for what you've done and also i want to
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just to help you hear it again that what what we're doing and what the chess club and the hall of fame are doing for our area it's making a difference i'm always inspired by people who use their platform for good and to do something for others and rex and dr jeannie along with so many donors for so many years now have have really built this to a spot where it's making a huge impact and not just for people who love the game of chess but for those who've never
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even heard about it are being introduced the numbers of kids that are being involved the involvement that we have with some of the local police and and how that's starting to build some bridges and starting to just open people's eyes uh to the good that can be done in our community and bringing good out of people themselves and so for me whenever we can get outside of ourselves and start to to help other people and different causes and use whatever it is that we love like the game of chess to promote our community to promote uh well-being promote
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education all of those are a win for us individually and for others that some of them we never even know so thank you for your generosity you're making a huge impact on this community you're making a huge impact in people's lives and when we go about life that way you just can't go wrong so thank you again so there you have it we have come to the end of our evening and we are so grateful to you for spending this time with us uh our final gift is you are not going to have to watch me place chess because trust me that would be
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painful for all involved for those of you who have made a gift tonight we thank you for your generosity and for your support of chess it means so much to us now if you're still considering an auction item as a holiday gift and there's so many great things please look at them the auction will remain open until tuesday december 8th at 5 p.m central time so please please please go check that out and finally we want to thank our founders and presenting sponsors dr jeannie karen singfeld rex singfeld edward jones and ascension
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they made this evening possible they've made so much happen for this community and we're truly truly grateful to them so thank you we hope you had a great night we're so grateful to everybody behind the scenes who made this happen in these challenging times and please stay safe have a happy holiday you

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