Thursday, January 24, 2013

South Dakota to Ohio... via Missouri

We spent Wednesday night in Boonville, MO, where I was disappointed to learn that the poker room at the Isle of Capri casino has been closed down. Today we visited the campus of Webster University in Webster Groves near St. Louis. Alex met with Susan Polgar and some members of the Webster University Chess team.

Pictured above are (l. to r.): Chess Grandmaster Anatoly Bykhovsky (Israel), your friendly neighborhood blogger (US), Grandmaster and former women's World Champion Susan Polgar (Hungary, now US), Grandmaster and former US Champion Alex Yermolinsky (Soviet Union, now US), and Grandmaster Georg Meier (Germany).

Bykhovsky and Meier will play for the Webster University team in the upcoming Final Four of College Chess in Herndon, VA, in April.

Dinner in St. Louis with Meier, Bykhovsky, International Master Vitaly Niemer (Israel), Yermolinsky, and Women's International Master Inna Agrest (Sweden).

Tomorrow we head to Columbus, OH, for the Cardinal Open.