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World Chess Hall of Fame, Saint Louis

Categories: Specialty Museums, Museums
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3.9/5 based on 35+ reviews on the web
The World Chess Hall of Fame is a nonprofit, collecting institution situated in the Central West End neighborhood of St. Louis, Missouri, United States.The WCHOF is the only institution of its kind and offers a variety of programming to explore the dynamic relationship between art and chess, including educational outreach initiatives that provide context and meaning to the game and its continued educational impact. Founded in 1984, it is run by the United States Chess Trust, a charitable arm of the United States Chess Federation. Formerly located in New Windsor, New York; Washington D.C.; and Miami, Florida, it moved to St. Louis on September 9, 2011.HistoryThe brainchild of Steven Doyle, USCF president from 1984 to 1987, the World Chess Hall of Fame was created in 1986 as the U.S. Chess Hall of Fame.Opened in 1988 in the basement of the Federation’s then-headquarters in New Windsor, New York, the small museum contained a modest collection, including a book of chess openings signed by Bobby Fischer; a silver set awarded to Paul Morphy, American chess player and unofficial World Champion; and cardboard plaques honoring past grandmasters.
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  • In my June review I mentioned that parking was across Maryland Ave., however not giving any address. The lot is for a small mall. I used in my GPS unit the address for Kingside Diner, 4651 Maryland Av...  read more »
  • for chess lovers be sure to visit ... that inspiring place, my 12 year old daughter that during this trip was making a chess course didn't want to leave the premises, the chess history told through the different types of chess according to the nationality and the century. ... just wonderful.
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  • I was in St. Louis for a family reunion and my cousin and I were in the Central West End of St. Louis, and as we walked to our destination, I passed by a storefront like I have never seen before in my...  read more »
  • I migrated across country to see and well-worth the trip. You don't need to be a chess lover to enjoy this museum, there is an interdisciplinary approach to displays. Chess hall of fame with plaques of inductees, can we get trading cards of the gms, please? Interesting art display and women in chess feature. We skipped the bouncy house castle on the 2nd floor, an extra $5. Gift shop destroyed my wallet, but I was confused with all the random boutique junk that had nothing to do with chess. I would have loved to spend more! Wink...
  • Great place! Truly a shrine of chess, chess-ness, and everything chess. The Hall of Fame Chess Museum (which has the largest chess king piece out front, weighing in over two thousand pounds, six feet in diameter, and taller than a giraffe) is three stories of everything chess related and its best players; The place across the street is two stories with many many tables for chess matches. Grand masters have tournaments and there's tons of educational opportunities for those who want to improve their game, also taught by masters and grand masters (literally the world's greatest players). The events are well planned and attendance is high. Overall, a great place to find a game. A lot of players spill over to the 24 hour Coffee Cartel after the place shuts on weekends for more late night games.
  • This is very cool. Must see! Even if you just play chess for fun. The.small block is.s power house of chess in the US, its not just a musium. Club, and restaurant too!
  • Amazing. Will be returning as soon as possible.
  • Nice place to visit, but it's not like a museum. It's like games for kids and paintings.
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