The February 11 fundraiser to benefit the Your Move Chess program was a rousing success, according to leaders of Ascension and the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis.

The event included chess matches, lessons, musical entertainment, and remarks by Nick Ragone, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing and Communications Officer, Ascension; Tony Rich, Executive Director, the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis; Maurice Ashley, International Chess Grandmaster.

"It's kind of this interesting discipline that's masking as a game," Maurice said. In chess, players are challenged every moment to make sou​nd decisions — with real and immediate consequences if they do not make the right choices, he said.

 Ascension's goal is to improve and expand the after-school program to two evenings a week in the Ferguson-Florissant School District and to spread Your Move Chess within the St. Louis region and to other communities served by Ascension.