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an exhibit at the World Chess Hall of Fame
Sep 12
2018

The Goal of the Game at the World Chess Hall of Fame

by Family Attractions Card in Family Fun, Live Like a Local category

Tucked into the hustle and bustle of the Central West End in St. Louis is the World Chess Hall of Fame, a non-profit that honors the ancient art of chess by recognizing players, hosting themed workshops and encouraging the next generation to participate in the tradition.

 Let’s face it: the language of chess isn’t often a part of one’s everyday vocabulary.

Aside from the occasional, “Checkmate!” we don’t hear the words Kriegspiel or Zwischenzug casually tossed about in general conversation. We might be bold enough to think we have an inkling for what the term bad bishop could possibly mean, but in all honesty, we straight up Googled it.

This is where the World Chess Hall of Fame comes in.

While the goal of the game in chess is to checkmate the other king, the goal of the World Chess Hall of Fame aims to help the community become fluent in speaking the language of chess.

While it may not be their verbal mission statement, consider it their unspoken calling, their true purpose, their great commission. Because to many, chess seems like a foreign language. But once understood, it opens endless opportunities. Interpretation is the key to appreciation!

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

Like several of our favorite attractions in St. Louis, admission to the World Chess Hall of Fame is completely free, making it that much more accessible to the surrounding communities.

And every Sunday from 1-3 pm, discover the Family Days workshops where kids and their families can take part in crafts, explore the featured galleries in a scavenger hunt, play games and more!

Family Days at the World Chess Hall of Fame

Family Days

  • Designed for ages 5-10
  • Free for Family- and Supporter-level members of the WCHOF, $5 per child for non-members
  • All children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Registration is limited to 24 children per session
  • Advance registration is strongly recommended

Before you step out to stroll through the Central West End, (pro-tip: make your way to Coffee Cartel across Euclid for a scoop of ice cream or cup-o-joe!) stop into the Q Boutique and show your Family Attractions Card for a free “Chess 2 Go” chess set!

And once you become a bit more fluent in chess-speak, let us know. We’re practically on grandmaster level. Just saying.