World Chess Hall of Fame

World Chess Hall of Fame
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The mission of the World Chess Hall of Fame (WCHOF) is to educate visitors, fans, players, and scholars by preserving, exhibiting, and interpreting the game of chess and its continuing cultural and artistic significance.


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Exhibition - M.C. Escher: Infinite Variations at World Chess Hall of Fame

M.C. Escher: Infinite Variations examines the mind-bending, mathematical, and metamorphic works of world-famous Dutch graphic artist Maurits Cornelis Escher. This exhibit features an extensive collection of drawings, mezzotints, lithographs, and…

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Exhibition - US Chess: 80 Years at World Chess Hall of Fame

Promoting the Royal Game in America US Chess: Empowering People One Move at a Time US Chess formed 80 years ago out of the merger of two predecessor organizations: The American Chess Federation and the National Chess Federation. The newly combined…

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Exhibition - Universal Turf: Peter Manion At World Chess Hall of Fame

I met Peter Manion about 10 years ago, soon after I moved to Saint Louis. I was always impressed with his artwork, his creativity, and his interest in experimenting with different media. Little did I know, that in addition to his proclivity for art,…

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Exhibition - Harry Benson: Kings And Queens At World Chess Hall of Fame

Harry Benson: Kings and Queens showcases the renowned photographs of the legendary Scottish born photographer, who captured images of some of the most celebrated personalities of the 20th and 21st centuries. In 1964, Benson gained fame while on…

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Exhibition - Open Files II: Celebrating 5 Years of Collecting

Open Files II: Celebrating 5 Years of CollectingShowcasing some of the most unique, historic, and fun artifacts acquired during the past five years, Open Files II: Celebrating 5 Years of Collecting includes 100 diverse objects from the World Chess…

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Exhibition - The Imagery of Chess

The Imagery of Chess: Saint Louis ArtistsThe groundbreaking 1944 exhibition The Imagery of Chess sought to challenge the general conventions of the ancient game.Organized by Marcel Duchamp, Julien Levy, and Max Ernst, the show included the work of…

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Exhibition : Open Files - Celebrating 5 Years Of Collecting At World Chess Hall Of Fame

From the Curator :One of the first exhibitions presented at the World Chess Hall of Fame’s (WCHOF) Saint Louis location was a survey of highlights from the permanent collection and loans from other institutions. Open Files revisits this concept,…

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Exhibition : Animal, Vegetable, Mineral: Natural Splendors From The Chess Collection Of Dr. George And Vivian Dean At World Chess Hall Of Fame

Chess Masterpieces: Highlights from the Dr. George & Vivian Dean Collection (September 9, 2011-February 12, 2012) was one of the World Chess Hall of Fame’s (WCHOF) inaugural exhibitions. This new exhibition of works from the Dean collection…

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Exhibition : Designing Chessmen: A Taste Of The Imagery Of Chess At World Chess Hall Of Fame

From the Curators : On December 12, 1944, The Imagery of Chess opened at the Julien Levy Gallery in New York City on the 4th floor of a townhouse at 42 East 57th Street. Conceived by the Dadaist and chess master Marcel Duchamp, gallery owner Julien…

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Exhibition - Ladies' Knight: A Female Perspective On Chess

The exhibition presents works by Crystal Fischetti, Debbie Han, Barbara Kruger, Liliya Lifanova, Goshka Macuga, Sophie Matisse, Yoko Ono, Daniela Raytchev, Jennifer Shahade, Yuko Suga, Diana Thater, and Rachel Whiteread. Their diverse…

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Exhibition - Kings, Queens And Castles

The World Chess Hall of Fame is pleased to present Kings, Queens & Castles, an innovative exhibition which brings the chess board to life and provides an engaging introduction to individual chess pieces and game strategy.Commissioned by the…

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Exhibition - Battle On The Board: Chess During World War II

Battle On The Board: Chess During World War II Though chess is often perceived as a game of war, it also serves as a means of passing long hours or as an aid in recuperation for members of the military. Battle on the Board: Chess during World War…

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Exhibition - Marcel Dzama

Marcel Dzama: Mischief Makes a MoveDescribed as a “Dadaist love story,” Une danse des bouffons (or A jester’s dance) is Dzama’s fictionalized account of the romantic affair between artists Marcel Duchamp and Maria…

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Exhibition - Encore!

Encore! Ivory Chess Treasures from the Jon Crumiller CollectionEncore! Ivory Chess Treasures from the Jon Crumiller Collection revisits one of the most stunning chess collections in the United States. Focusing solely on antique ivory sets and…

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Exhibition - A Memorable Life

A Memorable Life: A Glimpse into the Complex Mind of Bobby Fischer A Memorable Life: A Glimpse into the Complex Mind of Bobby Fischer explores the brilliant career of one of the greatest American chess players of all time.Newly donated artifacts…

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Exhibition - Living Like Kings

Call For Content if someone said, “Show me how Chess lives in Saint Louis,” what would you share with them? This fall, the World Chess Hall of Fame will delve into the overlapping cultures of Hip Hop and chess through the exhibit…

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Exhibition - Cage And Kaino: Pieces And Performances

Cage & Kaino: Pieces and Performances is an exhibition accompanied by rare live performances of the work of 20th-century composer John Cage and contemporary multimedia artist Glenn Kaino. Influenced by Marcel Duchamp, Cage and Kaino each created…

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Exhibition - Strategy By Design

Strategy By Design: Games By Michael Graves Strategy by Design: Games by Michael Graves focuses on the games designed by the Michael Graves Design Group. Part of the line of housewares, decorative accessories, and furnishings created for the Target…

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Exhibition - Jacqueline Piatigorsky: Patron, Player, Pioneer

Jacqueline Piatigorsky had a tremendous influence on twentieth-century American chess through her efforts as a philanthropist and her legacy as one of the top American woman players of the 1950s and 1960s. Jacqueline Piatigorsky: Patron, Player,…

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Concert - A Night With The 442s

What happens when you combine two outstanding members of the world-class St. Louis Symphony with two of the city’s finest jazz musicians from the Erin Bode Group? You get The 442’s, an exciting new acoustic instrumental quartet named for the…

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Exhibition - A Queen Within: Adorned Archetypes, Fashion And Chess

In the game of chess, the queen is considered the most powerful and often the most unpredictable piece. She embodies tradition whilst simultaneously redefining rules established by a patriarchal system. This intriguing dichotomy is the inspiration…

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Concert - Phil Dunlap Quintet

Featuring Clay Jenkins, Jeff Campbell, Marty Morrison, and Jason Swagler About the Phil Dunlap Quintet: Phil Dunlap (piano), A native of Iowa, Phillip Dunlap currently resides in St. Louis, MO where he is active as a musician and educator. He holds…

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