Tony Rich Why is St. Louis such a hub for chess? Plus, 7 things you should know about the ‘immortal game’ By Kim Oswalt • Aug 2, 2016 Adrian Askew | Flickr | http://bit.ly/2ad3M7e The game of chess has a rich and somewhat elusive history. Where did it come from? Who invented it? Perhaps most intriguingly: What makes it so special? Why has it continued to exist when other games have not? A banner year for St. Louis Chess By Tony Rich • Dec 27, 2011 courtesy Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis 2011 has been a banner year for Chess in the city of Saint Louis. The United States Chess Federation named Saint Louis “Chess City of the Year” in 2011 for all of the hard work we’ve put in to promote the game of chess both locally and nationally.