Grand Opening
FridaySept 9
Grand Opening

World Chess Hall of Fame
4652 Maryland Avenue

The World Chess Hall of Fame (WCHOF) has moved from Miami, Florida to Saint Louis, Missouri. The Grand Opening for the public is Sept. 9, 2011 at 10:00 a.m.

The World Chess Hall of Fame is a nonprofit, collecting institution committed to building awareness for the cultural and artistic significance of chess. It is the only solely chess-focused collecting institution in the United States.

The Hall of Fame will feature displays of artifacts from the permanent collection, and temporary exhibitions highlighting the great players, historic games, and rich cultural history of chess. In addition, it will commemorate the careers of its inductees and other important contributors to the history of chess.

Saint Louis has truly become a ‘hub’ in the U.S. for chess and this opening is proof! The WCHOF will appeal to more than just chess enthusiasts. Our displays will feature diverse items of historical and artistic significance and help visitors understand the game of chess itself, as well as how it has impacted our culture.

Join us for exhibits including:

Out of the Box: Artists Play Chess explores artworks that consider chess both at the formal level and at the level of actual play. These examples, which comprise a wide breadth of media, integrate chess into their pieces and incorporate elements of play or strategy that involve the viewer.

Number Twelve: Chess Piano Concert in Three Movements will be performed for only the second time in the U.S. on Sept. 13, 2011. Rather than playing on a traditional chessboard, Dutch artist Guido van der Werve will perform on a sophisticated, one-of-a-kind instrument built by the artist; this chess piano sounds a note as each chess piece is played. They will be accompanied by nine string musicians from the St. Louis Symphony who will play van der Werve’s original score.

Chess Masterpieces: Extraordinary Chess Sets from the Dr. George and Vivian Dean Collection will use chess sets of diverse materials and outstanding craftsmanship to trace the evolution of chess and chess set design from 900 A.D. in India and Persia through Europe and Asia to the beginning of the 20th Century.