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Tony La Russa wins Gm. 1 chess match

Cardinals manager makes all the right moves in World Series-opening victory

Updated: October 20, 2011, 1:13 PM ET
By Jayson Stark | ESPN.com

ST. LOUIS -- Maybe he's a long-lost relative of Anatoly Karpov. It's possible he grew up with Boris Spassky. Or maybe he just ran into Garry Kasparov at a chicken dinner someplace.

But once again Wednesday night, that noted grandmaster of the emerald chess board, Mr. Tony La Russa, checkmated his way through the World Chess Championships of October, at his Karpovian best.

"You know, I've never seen him play chess," said La Russa's hitting coach, Mark McGwire, after the Cardinals ...

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