World Chess Hall of Fame

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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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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