Two U.S. champions crowned in St. Louis

1 month 1 week hence
This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, April 29, 2011 - After an opening miscue led to a struggle for equality, Grandmaster Yury Shulman conceded a draw to Grandmaster Gata Kamsky and with it the title of 2011 U.S. Chess Champion. Kamsky was the defending champion, and he won the title last year in another final-round game with Shulman. This year Kamsky took home $40,000 for first place, plus $2,000 more for winning his preliminary group. In the U.S. Women's Championship, International Master Anna Zatonskih survived 19 matches to claim her fourth title. She was awarded $18,000 for first place.

On Chess: Nakamura gets to observe

1 month hence
This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, April 25, 2011 - Having competed in six prior U.S. Championships, including the past two here at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis, it is certainly an unusual feeling to be a casual observer this year. Over the past few months, I have raised my rating to number eight in the world, and I elected to not play in this year's event to focus my energy on preparing for the world elite and the next World Championship cycle.

A former presidential candidate and George Costanza: Meet the stars of this year’s St. Louis Speakers Series

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Maryville University is presenting its 22nd season of the St. Louis Speakers Series this year, kicking off Oct. 1 with former Secretary of State John Kerry. Kerry served during President Barack Obama's second term and was the Democratic party's nominee for president in 2004. "Maryville University is proud to welcome such a diverse and illustrious lineup for the 22nd season of the St. Louis Speaker Series," Mark. Lombardi, president of Maryville, said in a statement. "We believe in the power of…
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Monday: Two Longtime St. Louis Zoo Employees Discuss Conservation, Role Of Zoos

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This interview will be on “St. Louis on the Air” over the noon hour Monday. This story will be updated after the show. You can listen live . It takes a village to raise a child, and it might take even more than that to raise the nearly 15,000 animals that call the St. Louis Zoo home. Jack Grisham and Eric Miller are two people who know this well. They are retiring from the St. Louis Zoo after a combined 66 years of work experience there.