Current Exhibition

Open Files II: Celebrating 5 Years of Collecting
April 27, 2017 - October 29, 2017
Silver and Copper Enamel Chess Set and Board, Early to mid-20th centuryChess2GoArctic Chess SetTravel Chess SetJohn Donaldson’s Gold Medal from the 2016 Baku, Azerbaijan Olympiad4th Dimensional Chess, 1972Vegas Fun Chess

Silver and Copper Enamel Chess Set and Board, Early to mid-20th century

Chess2Go

Arctic Chess Set

Travel Chess Set

John Donaldson’s Gold Medal from the 2016 Baku, Azerbaijan Olympiad

4th Dimensional Chess, 1972

Vegas Fun Chess

Showcasing some of the most unique, historic, and fun artifacts acquired during the past five years, Open Files II: Celebrating 5 Years of Collecting includes 100 diverse objects from the World Chess Hall of Fame’s permanent collection.

Though it has only been in Saint Louis for five years, the WCHOF has a 30-year history spanning four locations throughout the United States. Open Files II is the second part of an exhibition cycle in our third floor gallery that shows how the WCHOF’s collection has grown in the time since its relocation from Miami to Saint Louis.

Highlights include materials related to the Saint Louis launch of the Boy Scouts of America chess merit badge; a rare Hungarian chess set made from sterling silver, amethyst, jade, pearls, and copper donated by the Traci L. and Arthur B. Laffer family; a gold medal from the 2016 Chess Olympiad (the first won by the American team in 40 years), chess-inspired artwork by Rafael Tufiño; and artifacts related to the career of computer chess pioneer, World Correspondence Chess Champion, and 1990 U.S. Chess Hall of Fame inductee Hans Berliner.

Photography by Michael DeFilippo

More information coming soon!

Press

4/11/17: Press Release — Open Files II Press Release (download)