Today In Chess | GM Yasser Seirawan Reports
by GM Yasser Seirawan
The Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis (CCSCSL) is pleased to announce the creation of a new online show, “Today in Chess.”
Tony Rich, the Executive Director of the (CCSCSL), explained the concept of the new series, “Here in Saint Louis, the chess capital of the United States, we take pride in coming up with innovative ways of raising awareness throughout the chess world. With the Moscow Candidates Tournament in full swing, we felt the time was right to create an entire new type of program that would give thoughtful insights on the most topical events that most chess fans are following. When GM Maurice Ashley shared his vision for “Today in Chess”, we all fell in love with it and decided to act quickly to bring together all the talented people needed to make the show a reality.”
“Today in Chess” will be a fast paced, no holds-barred accounting of hot topics in the world of chess. Grandmasters will highlight key moments of critical games, going over the thrills and spills from all the day’s action. The show intends to be educational as well as entertaining, and will feature the best technologies available on the internet as well as those from the world of chess. Audience members can participate with their own questions and vote in polls as well as suggest key topics for discussion, including the latest controversies on everyone’s mind.
“Anyone who knows me knows that I love sports,” says Ashley. “I’m an avid fan of, “Sports Center”, which gives condensed highlights of all the sports that happened that day. It occurred to me that chess needed something similar, that it would be wonderful for chess fans to have a single place that they could turn to that would feature insights by top grandmasters on the most topical events happening in their beloved game.”
The first “Today in Chess” will premiere on March 20th, 2016, at Noon from the Saint Louis Chess Club and can be seen live on uschesschamps.com/todayinchess. The format will be two hours in length and will feature host, GM Alejandro Ramirez, along with regular co-commentators, GM Yasser Seirawan and Ashley. It will also feature the St. Louis debut of GM Eric Hansen, Club’s GM in residence and one of Canada’s top grandmasters. The first program will showcase the second half of Candidates, beginning with Round Eight.
“Our aim is to work together with organizers, federations, clubs, players and fans alike to create an enjoyable program that will raise the awareness of chess throughout the world,” said Joy Bray, General Manager for the World Chess Hall of Fame as well as the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis.