Finegold on the STL Chess Club Championship
By GM Ben Finegold   
January 27, 2014
2013 CCSCSL Champion 17-year-old Iskandar Aripov
The 2014 Club Championship took place January 24-26 at (you guessed it!) the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis.   The event was five rounds, with one round Friday night, and two each Saturday and Sunday.  I have played in a few of these events, but to my memory, this was by far the largest with 36 participants.

The Championship was also the strongest with four GMs participating and super-IM Priyadharshan “Pri” Kannappan.  WGM Anna Sharevich, FM Konstantin Kavutskiy, and WIM Inna Agrest rounded out the titled players.

GM Georg Meier, Photo San Francisco 2011
Congrats to GM Georg Meier on winning clear first. He easily scored 4.5-0.5 by virtue of winning his first four and taking a perfunctory draw with Pri in the last round.  I was able to tie for second with Pri and, surprisingly, WIM Agrest, who was able to easily beat GM Denes Boros in the final round.

Check out a fragment from Ben's annotations below and find the full article on the CCSCSL website. 

 Aripov, Iskandar- Ben Finegold 


27.Nf3 Nh4!
White was doing well earlier, but now black crashes through. 28.Raf1 Bxf3 29.gxf3 Rg8 30.Rg1 Rhg6 31.Rg4  31.Rxg6 Rxg6 32.Qb4 Qg5 33.Qb8+ Rg8 also wins for black.  31...Nxf3! 32.Rxg6 Rxg6 33.Rg2 Qh4 34.Qb4 Qxh2+!