Chess on TV? St. Louis center televising championships
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Some may not see chess as a broadcast-ready sport, but St. Louis billionaire Rex Sinquefield disagrees.
Taking a cue from televised poker, the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis that Sinquefield founded announced a new step to bring attention to chess with a live-streaming broadcast complete with running commentary.
The U.S. Chess Championships started this week and were set to run through April 14. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Sinquefield had a state-of-the-art television studio installed.
Commentators will follow up to 12 matches at a time, cutting away to capture moves as they occur while filling in time with analysis of matches and playing styles.
The broadcasts are live-streamed at Chess24.com and USChessChamps.com. Organizers were hoping to put the matches on cable television next year.