Rick Matt

Rick Matt is a graduate of the WJI Mid-Career Course.

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Playing for the King

Culture | Chess Grandmaster Wesley So faces challenges both on and off the board
by Rick Matt
Posted 5/10/18, 11:50 am

The tournament room is silent. Surrounded by the intense gazes of the watching crowd—and those of chess greats past and present staring down from photos on the walls—Wesley So, 24, prepares to defend his title of U.S. chess champion at the St. Louis Chess Club and Scholastic Center in April. Eleven other top-rated players are there to try to take it from him.

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Dining with a feline twist

Lifestyle | Austin’s Blue Cat Café is part of a growing trend
by Rick Matt & Jenny Lind Schmitt
Posted 2/09/17, 01:27 pm

Balthazar, a large gray tabby, circles our table. Soon he jumps up and lounges between us, allowing us to stroke his fur. Other cats of various breeds and colors roam around the dining area. Some sleep in quiet corners, inside an old drum set, and in a hollowed-out computer monitor. One climbs up and down a rope-wrapped tree in the center of the room that leads to, well, catwalks hanging from chains 9 feet up. A television plays cat videos. This is a typical afternoon at the Blue Cat Café in Austin, Texas, one of a growing number of such cafés around the country.

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