Grand Opening at the World Chess Hall of Fame!
It’s hard to believe it’s been two weeks since the World Chess Hall of Fame (WCHOF) opened its doors to the public! To kick off the public opening on September 9, 2011, the WCHOF celebrated with a ribbon cutting ceremony and a preview of the inaugural exhibitions, OUT OF THE BOX: Artists Play Chess, Chess Masterpieces: Highlights from the Dr. George and Vivian Dean Collection, and the World and U.S. Chess Halls of Fame and Highlights from the Permanent Collection. Also, we were honored to have Boris Gulko and Andrew (Andy) Soltis present as they were inducted into the 2011 class of the U.S. Chess Hall of Fame. To learn more about these important contributors to the game of chess, stop by the WCHOF or go to the Hall of Fame section of our website. In addition, Vera Menchik was posthumously inducted into the World Chess Hall of Fame.
Over 350 guest helped the WCHOF celebrate our opening, including Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis founders and donors to the World Chess Hall of Fame, Jeanne and Rex Sinquefield; exhibiting artists, Liliya Lifánova and Guido van der Werve; curators Bradley Bailey and Larry List; board members Paul Ha, Shelia Manion, Jennifer Shahade, and Andrew Walker; and many chess greats such as Susan Polgar, Hikaru Nakamura, Ben Finegold, Yasser Seriawan, Marc Arnold, Jacek Stopa, Martha Fierro, Anna Zatonskih, Irina Kursh, Alexandra Kosteniuk, Kateryna Lahno, and Kevin Cao.
We were also honored to have John and Kay McCrary and Al Lawrence who were critical in founding the Chess Hall of Fame in 1986! Also present were, Shane Samole, the founder of the World Chess Hall of Fame and Sidney Samole Museum, and Harold Winston, Chairman of the United States Chess Federation.