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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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  • Great place! The world's largest chess piece is located in front of the museum. The inside is two floors of amazing art and chess boards made of all kinds of materials. It was truly a great museum to ...  more »
  • This was a self-guided tour. Very interesting pieces. I wanted to stop in here, because my son is an avid chess player and I was hoping to get him a souvenir; however, the gift shop was closed. Friend...  more »
  • Free admission. 3 floors of various chess related artifacts. Lots of beautiful chess sets made from interesting materials. Many items signed by super GMs like Magnus Carlsen. The famous STL Chess Club...  more »
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  • 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, and we are lucky to have it in St. Louis.
  • 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.
  • Amazing. Will be returning as soon as possible.
  • 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!