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Mon Nov 26, 2012, 05:14 AM

Families move to St. Louis for chess

ST. LOUIS • Abdul Shakoor was playing chess, but his mind was not on the game — at least not on his game.
Shakoor, 42, glanced down at his board, made a move and then shifted his attention back to what mattered most: his daughter’s match at the next table.

It was a recent Friday night at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center in the Central West End, and Shakoor was worried that Diamond, 11, had lost concentration.

To say that Shakoor, a single father, harbors lofty ambitions for Diamond is an understatement.

He compares her to a young Serena Williams. Or a female Tiger Woods.

“I have a feeling she is going to be a female world champion,” he said.


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