Michael Calhoun (@michaelcalhoun)By Michael Calhoun

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – The Super Bowl of chess is in St. Louis for the next two weeks.

The Chess Club and Scholastic Center is again hosting the U.S. Chess Championship, and if you can’t stop by to sit in the audience, the Chess Club’s Mike Wilmering says you can tune-in online.

“It’s actually a really fun thing to come watch,” he says. “We have a team of grand master commentators literally highlighting squares and drawing arrows and explaining to people like you and me what the plan of attack is, and what the plan of defense might be.”

Wilmering says they have players from across the country competing, including a 13-year-old girl from San Jose who’s the youngest competitor in the women’s championship. There’s more than $250,000 in prize money at stake.

The opening ceremonies of the championships were Wednesday night. The competition runs through May 20.

St. Louis, by the way, was just designated the National Chess Capital by the U.S. Senate.

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