The strongest and most watched US Chess Championships took place at the Chess Club of St. Louis to kick-off the month of April and I was honored to be a part of the international live chess broadcast once again.

Upping the ante from last year’s stellar Sinquefield Cup, the club installed a brand new, state-of-the-art studio, complete with an anchor desk, touch screen setup for an analyst and an area for sit-down interviews.

I had the pleasure of being the broadcast’s “sideline reporter” — the eyes and ears outside the studio and around the Chess campus, which just so happens to be the chess capital of America.

I am so blessed to have been welcomed into this whole new world of “mind sports,” a contrast to the traditional sports I am accustomed to covering — but a force to be reckoned with nonetheless! The chess world is taking a cue from poker and emphasizing the high intensity and upbeat coverage of the sport — making it almost like any other live sporting event you would watch on ESPN.

The production quality is outstanding! It also includes stellar talent in commentators Jennifer Shahade and Yasser Seirawan, complimented by the energetic Maurice Ashley as an analyst. I am honored to be a part of the team’s large broadcasts as the sideline reporter.

Stay tuned for the Sinquefield Cup this fall!

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