A venture crowned with success was the initiative of The Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis, to organise the Match of the Millenials: USA vs. the World, in cooperation with FIDE, the U.S. Chess Federation, the Kasparov Chess Foundation and FIDE Trainer’s Commission.
FIDE Deputy President Georgios Makropoulos and Continental President for America Jorge Vega were invited to the Saint Louis Chess Centre for the first time by the organisers. They were impressed by the excellent, modern and multifunctional facilities of the Saint Louis Chess Campus which include the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis, the World Chess Hall of Fame, the Q Boutique and Kingside Diner.
During the first rounds of the games, Mr. Makropoulos and Mr. Vega had a meeting with Rex Sinquefield, co-founder of the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis and Michael Khodarkovsky, Delegate of the U.S. Chess Federation and President of the Kasparov Chess Foundation. They thoroughly discussed the prospect for further cooperation in the near future.
In the course of the Opening Ceremony of the event, Mr. Vega who was representing FIDE thanked Mr. Sinquefield and Saint Louis Chess Club for this initiative and also thanked all sponsors of the match, telling that a new horizon has opened for chess in the Americas.
Moreover, Garry Kasparov in a Press Conference that he gave, also stated that “It’s a beginning of new relations with the World Chess Federation”, a comment which was published on chess24.com.
FIDE Deputy President Georgios Makropoulos believes that it is necessary today for all major chess federations and significant organisers to collaborate with FIDE in realising events and championships of global scale and prestige.