Saint Louis Chess Campus

Saint Louis Chess Campus
Saint Louis Chess Campus

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Hikaru Nakamura plays Magnus Carlsen during Round 5 of the 2013 Sinquefield Cup, 2013. Photo © Carmen Schuette

Together with the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis (CCSCSL), the World Chess Hall of Fame forms the Saint Louis Chess Campus.

The CCSCSL opened its doors in 2008 and soon became the new home for U.S. Championship Chess. Three years later, the World Chess Hall of Fame opened in 2011. Together the CCSCSL and WCHOF work to celebrate and preserve chess history as it happens in our community. 

Q Boutique, the gift shop at the WCHOF, offers quality chess merchandise, all-occasion gifts and thoughtfully-designed collectibles perfect for chess fans of all ages. Proceeds from Q Boutique support the WCHOF’s exhibitions and educational programs. Kingside Diner, a chess-themed restaurant located next to the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis, offers a variety of early morning and late night food options seven days a week.

In 2013, the Chess Club established the Sinquefield Cup, the first ever Super Grandmaster tournament to be held in Saint Louis. The 2014 Sinquefield Cup was the highest-rated chess tournament in the game’s history. The activities of the two organizations led the U.S. Senate to declare Saint Louis the Chess Capital of the United States in 2014. More than a century after the World Championship match in 1886, Saint Louis has again caught the attention of the national and international chess community.