U.S. Chess Championships special to air on FOX Sports Midwest May 25

FOX Sports Midwest to air U.S. Chess Championships that were held in St. Louis

ST. LOUIS -- FOX Sports Midwest will air a one-hour recap special covering the 2013 U.S. and U.S. Women's Chess Championships, which recently concluded at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis (CCSCSL).

The 2013 U.S. Championship and 2013 U.S. Women's Championship were held concurrently May 2-13 at the CCSCSL. This marked the fifth consecutive year these events, the two most prestigious chess tournaments in the nation, were held in St. Louis.

Grandmasters Gata Kamsky and Alejandro Ramirez squared off in an intense, head-to-head, rapid playoff to determine the 2013 U.S. Champion while the 2013 U.S. Women's Championship boiled down to a three-way race between Tatev Abrahamyan, Anna Zatonskih and Irina Krush.

The one-hour special, which premieres on FOX Sports Midwest on May 25 at 6 p.m., will introduce viewers to some of the unique personalities in the U.S. chess scene and recap all the exciting action, including the thrilling climax, of the most important chess tournaments in the country.

Live play-by-play of each round of the event also was streamed online to tens of thousands of viewers across the world through the websites of FOX Sports Midwest and USChessChamps.com, the U.S. Championships event website.

CCSCSL Executive Director Tony Rich said the live streaming show and televised recap special through FOX Sports Midwest both mark an important turning point for U.S. chess.

"This partnership with FOX Sports Midwest allows us to bring chess to a broader audience and to introduce the excitement and intensity of tournament chess to a whole new demographic,” Rich said. "Our goal is to showcase the talents of the top chess players in the nation and to create more fans and students of the sport of chess.”

The 2013 U.S. Championship featured a field of 24 players and a total prize fund of $180,000, and the 2013 U.S. Women's Championship featured a 10-player field and a prize fund of $65,000.

"These players are the superstars of the U.S. chess scene,” Rich said. "We hope their play will inspire young chess players all across the country to achieve great things."

The CCSCSL has been home to the championships for each of the past five years, helping contribute to St. Louis' reputation as the hub of the U.S. chess scene.

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