Special Projects

Jacqueline Piatigorsky: Patron, Player, Pioneer—Exhibition Preview
September 4, 2013 - September 15, 2013
Jacqueline and Gregor PiatigorskyCourtesy of Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los AngelesCourtesy of Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles

Jacqueline and Gregor Piatigorsky

Courtesy of Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles

Courtesy of Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles

The World Chess Hall of Fame presents a preview of Jacqueline Piatigorsky: Patron, Player, Pioneer in honor of the Sinquefield Cup—the first Super GM tournament to be held in Saint Louis. This exhibition will present photographs and artifacts related to the Piatigorsky Cup Tournaments of 1963 and 1966.

Jacqueline Piatigorsky earned a name for herself as a great chess player in the 1950s, and in the following decade, took an interest in promoting the game of chess in the United States. She created the Piatigorsky Foundation, which sponsored the two Piatigorsky Cup Tournaments. The tournaments attracted some of the best players of the era, including Tigran Petrosian, Paul Keres, Boris Spassky, and Bobby Fischer.

The preview exhibition will take place in the first floor gallery of the World Chess Hall of Fame and include artifacts from a generous donation by the Piatigorsky Family related to the tournaments. Highlights include photos of the two events and the Piatigorsky Cup.