Chess Museum

The World Chess Hall of Fame recently opened in St. Louis. I thought I’d mention it here in case any Qt3ers happen to find themselves here. It’s beautiful. And free. And in a trendy spot in St. Louis so there are other things to do as well, such as go to the chess club across the street which is itself very nice.

The cool exhibit is on the second floor. It’s a bunch of beautiful, fascinating chess sets on display. Some are 500 years old. All are interesting. There’s the Soviet propaganda set with workers instead of nobility portrayed in the pieces. There’s a set thought to have belonged to Napoleon that is Napoleon vs. George III. There are Muslim sets and Indian sets and a Faberge Egyptians vs. Assyrians set and more. They’re very cool.

The first floor is artsy stuff, including a Yoko Ono chess display – it’s called something like “Trust” and it’s all white, including the pieces on both sides. The third floor is St. Louis-related chess stuff and plaques on the wall commemorating U.S. Chess Hall of Fame inductees and World Chess Hall of Fame inductees.

Just an FYI for anyone spending a couple of days in St. Louis.

Damn, those are some beautiful sets in the sample pictures. Love the Soviet pawn shaped like a peasant in chains. I don’t suppose there’s a more comprehensive set of pictures online?

I’d like to check it out.

Catherine sure loved her amber.