World Chess Hall of Fame

Featuring Local Artists
1:21 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

Worlds Collide: Hip-Hop And Chess At The World Chess Hall Of Fame

Benjamin Kaplan
Credit Act3

For the next six months chess and hip-hop will live under the same roof here in St. Louis. "Living Like Kings: The Collision of Chess and Hip Hop Culture" is an ever-evolving exhibit examining the relationship between the two art forms. Hip-Hop Chess Federation founder Adisa Banjoko, 44, thinks hip-hop and chess share a common noble truth.

“The spirit of competition in hip-hop and in chess is what helps us figure out who we are,” Banjoko said.

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Opening July 24
10:53 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

On Chess: Hall Of Fame Exhibit Peeks Inside The Complex Mind Of Bobby Fischer

Bobby Fischer competes in the Piatigorsky Cup matches in 1966.
Credit Provided by the World Chess Hall of Fame

The name Bobby Fischer is synonymous with outstanding intellect, intimidating competitiveness and intense focus.  His is a uniquely American success story that nearly everyone has heard - even if they can’t tell a rook from a bishop.

So what makes Fischer so captivating?

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The Under 5 Crowd
10:47 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

On Chess: World Chess Hall Of Fame Brings Chess Concepts to Early Learners

Getting ready for chess
Credit World Chess Hall of Fame

Bobby Fischer was the youngest-ever American Grandmaster, a title that took him 15 years, 6 months and 1 day to collect. That is, until Hikaru Nakamura came along, besting Bobby by three months and earning the title as the new youngest-ever American GM.

That is, until Ray Robson came along, notching his elite title two weeks before he turned 15.

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Graves, Cage & Kaino
5:16 am
Thu May 8, 2014

On Chess: New Shows At World Chess Hall of Fame Include Burning Boards

Mayor Frances Slay, with Jeanne and Rex Sinquefield in the background, helped unveil the 14-and-a-half-foot tall World's Largest Chess Piece at the Chess Hall of Fame.
Credit file photo | St. Louis Beacon

The link between the creation of history and the preservation of heritage is about as streamlined as it gets these days: Just send it across the street.

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Hip And Happening
8:56 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

On Chess: Hall Of Fame Brings Chess To New Audiences

Explorer Queen, from the World Chess Hall of Fame fashion exhibit.
Credit Provided by the World Chess Hall of Fame

On Tuesday, USA Today published a story that outlined everything “hip and happening” in St. Louis. 

Not surprisingly, the World Chess Hall of Fame got a nod.  Wait. What? Not surprising, you say?

If the idea that chess is hip and happening is foreign to you, then I assume you still have the antiquated stereotype of the pocket protector-wearing übergeek ingrained in your mind.

But times they are a-changin’ my friends.

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Arts & Culture
9:07 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

On Chess: 100 years of Vibrant Chess History in St. Louis

Jim Davies (right) is the first-ever inductee into the Missouri Chess Hall of Fame.
Credit Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis

Obviously the most recent developments at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center and the World Chess Hall of Fame have firmly planted St. Louis as a major player in the chess world, but countless organizers and enthusiasts have helped maintain the interest in St. Louis over the years.

World's Fair and Wolbrecht

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100 Years
9:52 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

On Chess: St. Louis History Is Chess-Rich

Steinitz and Zukertort in 1866 (This engraving is from a match in New Orleans.)
Credit Wikipedia

The chess boom in St. Louis may appear as though it has materialized out of thin air, but the Gateway City has a vibrant chess history.

Chess adds to a rich and developing cultural renaissance in St. Louis. And as we celebrate our city’s 250th birthday, I think it’s appropriate to take a look at some of the important names, events and places that have helped shaped our ever-growing chess culture.

This column explores the early days of chess in St. Louis and some notable champions and championships that placed St. Louis at the center of the chess universe.

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Cityscape
10:32 am
Fri October 18, 2013

Fashion & Chess: St. Louis' World Chess Hall of Fame Presents 'A Queen Within'

Gucci SS 2011
Used with permission / World Chess Hall of Fame presents “A Queen Within”

In chess, the queen is recognized as the most powerful piece.  It can move in any direction, making it desirable yet unpredictable.

Centuries ago, however, the queen didn’t exist.  Around the 15th century, when Queen Isabella I of Spain and Queen Elizabeth I of England came to power, so too did the queen in chess.

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Morning round-up
9:22 am
Wed August 31, 2011

Morning headlines: Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Mo. business groups are teaming up with labor unions to tout a package of tax incentives to be considered during a special legislative session.
UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Mo. businesses team up with labor unions to tout tax incentive package

The AFL-CIO has joined with the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry and several local chamber affiliates to push for passage of wide-ranging legislation during a special session set to begin Sept. 6.

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