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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  • Chess is boring, right? Slow game. Hard to learn. Why go to a museum full of chess boards? This one shows the merging of chess and art and fashion! Yes, in addition to the hall of fame on the 3rd floo...  more »
  • My hubby has played Chess for a long time and wanted to visit this museum. On the garden on the outside is the worlds tallest chess piece. Unfortunately when we went there was only the top floor open ...  more »
  • A gem! It is a museum/gallery. Not only about chess, but of other interesting topics and activities. Have been watching world class cozy mini concerts here each time we visit St Louis. Very reasonable...  more »
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  • With all the money and resources available to the St Louis chess club, this place is an utter disgrace. A waste of valuable real estate and an insult to the chess community. The so-called World Chess Hall of Fame literally has nothing to do with chess anymore, rather Begley chess related art exhibits. The place looks great and is well-staffed, but it is completely supported by inside of money.
  • Very nice museum with a lot of interesting things to see. The gift shop is also very nice.
  • If you challenge the workers to a game of chess they will not accept be they are too scared to lose. (Also they might be "on the clock")
  • Great knowledgeable staff and amazing exhibitions for kids and adults! Top place to visit in Saint Louis for families!
  • Fun place to browse if you like chess Enjoyed the museum collection and cool gift shop.

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