St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay will travel to the Sunshine State (that's Florida) this weekend to accept the United States Chess Federation's "Chess City of the Year" award for our own Mound City.
This is the second time St. Louis has received the designation - the city also won the award in 2009.
The award, according to the the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis, "recognizes the U.S. city that has done the most to promote and further the game of chess, both locally and nationally."
Credit (photo courtesy of the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis)
Hikaru Nakamura (L) has a chance to become the highest-rated American chess player during a week-long match against Ukrainian Ruslan Ponomariov (R). The 10-game contest is the first international match for the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis