The World Chess Hall of Fame (WCHOF) is a nonprofit organization whose mission 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.
The WCHOF opened September 9, 2011, in Saint Louis’ vibrant Central West End neighborhood, directly across the street from the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis (CCSCSL). The WCHOF is housed in a historic, 15,900 square-foot residence-turned-business and features the U.S. and World Chess Halls of Fame, displays of artifacts from the permanent collection, and temporary exhibitions.
The WCHOF partners with the CCSCSL to provide innovative programming and outreach to local, national, and international audiences. On May 26, 2014, the United States Senate declared Saint Louis the “National Chess Capital” in recognition of the CCSCSL’s educational efforts as well as its hosting of top-level competitions.
Mind. Art. Experience.