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ST. LOUIS – The best chess players in the country are in the Central West End.

The players are in town to compete in the 2014 U.S. Chess Championship and the U.S. Women's Championship.

It's gotten so big the U.S. Senate passed a resolution this week naming St. Louis the "National Chess Capital."

Opening ceremonies were held Wednesday night, and the reigning U.S. women's champion talked about our city's impact on this global game.

"St. Louis has just been announced the nation's capital of chess for good reason because they bring really high level chess to St. Louis," said Rina Krush.

This is the sixth consecutive year the tournament is being held in our city. It runs through May 20 at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis.

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