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May 22, 2010 Slideshows

Human Chess Game at the Chess Club 

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The Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis hosted this human chess game on Friday, May 20, 2010, in advance of the final rounds of the national Chess Championships, May 22-25, 2010. Middle school students from Innovative Concept Academy, along with St. Louis Blues player Cam Janssen and pro boxer Ryan Coyne were also in the game. Photos by Nick Schnelle.
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Craig Miller and Ed Rhomberg piece together the oversized, 32 x 32-foot chess board on Maryland Avenue before the game begins. The game of "human chess" was hosted by the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis (CCSCSL) for the upcoming final rounds of the national Chess Championships held in St. Louis May 22-25.
Students from the Innovative Concept Academy gather before suiting up in their black and white chess-piece garments. The students made up the eight pawns for each side of the board.
St. Louis Blues winger Cam Janssen rallies his teammates on the white team.
The oversized chess pieces players hold lay on bushes before the match.
Players on the black team put on their matching black garments.
Players try and balance their chess pieces on one another before the game.
Players on both sides wait before the start of the game.
Players on the black team line up.
Elizabeth Zharoff sings before the start of the game.
Director of the white team, 2009 U.S. Chess Champion and American chess Grandmaster, Hikaru Nakamura, climbs up to his post where he called the moves for his team.
All players stand on their spots, ready for the start of the game.
A pawn from the white team is the first piece to move.
Nakamura uses a microphone to speak his thoughts during the game and to call his moves.
A player on the black team reacts knowing he has made the first attack on the white team.
A player on the black team holds out his hand in intimidation toward a player of the white team.
A player on the black team reacts after getting knocked out.
Chess Grandmaster Ben Finegold calls out a move for the black team.
Spectators look on from a table at Starbucks.
St. Louis boxer Ryan Coyne "attacks" Janssen.
Janssen reacts after being eliminated during the game.
Mike Wilmering, Communications Specialist for the CCSCSL, "knocks out" Coyne.
The black queen player, Zharoff, advances next to the white's king, Rex Sinquefield.
Zharoff reacts after being "attacked" by the white's queen, Susan Barrett.
After attacking the white's queen, Barrett, as a result, checkmates the black's king, Timothy O'Leary, general director of Opera Theatre of Saint Louis.
O'Leary lays down his king piece in defeat.
The kings and queens of each team pose for a photo.
Sinquefield stands over defeated O'Leary.
St. Louis boxer Ryan Coyne and Rex Sinquefield, President and Chairman of the CCSCSL.
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Craig Miller and Ed Rhomberg piece together the oversized, 32 x 32-foot chess board on Maryland Avenue before the game begins. The game of "human chess" was hosted by the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis (CCSCSL) for the upcoming final rounds of the national Chess Championships held in St. Louis May 22-25.

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