World Chess Hall of Fame, Saint Louis

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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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  • August 8, 2017
    The world's largest chess piece sets outside. There was an event going on when we were there, so we were only able to look at the art on the first floor, and the comic book display on the second. It w...  more »
  • August 7, 2017
    We weren't planning on going here, but it was sure worth it! The displays are thoughtful and engaging, not exclusive to chess players. I don't play, but my family does. I enjoyed the craftsmanship of ...  more »
  • August 4, 2017
    My wife and I took two of our teenage kids here. We are not huge chess players and we figured that since it is free and is near Forest Park (the huge park in STL) if we were not enjoying it we could l...  more »
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  • April 28, 2017
    A great space to visit if you're visiting St. Louis. Plus, like everything great in this city: it's totally free! Three floors of exhibition space showcasing interesting chess-related art. It goes without saying that if you love chess, you'll love the World Chess Hall of Fame
  • March 6, 2017
    It was a really nice place. My children really loved going. Not so interesting for adults that are less into chess, but i still had fun watching the kids! The kids were able to go upstairs and make really neat hats, and the instructor was super nice and patient with all of us. We'd definitely go again!
  • May 6, 2017
    Free small (donations welcome) but great museum for people who love chess and for those who had no idea (like myself) their universe could be so interesting and that chess boards could come in so many forms and themes. If youare around central west area sometime, check it out.
  • June 18, 2017
    If you are an avid chess player you will really enjoy this place. I am not, but it was still interesting, with three floors of chess related memorabilia.
  • April 12, 2017
    Has some really cool Chess themed are and most stop place for anyone who enjoys the game. Can't go wrong its free to go in and you can do it after or before you at at many of the restaurants around it

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