As home to the World Chess Hall of Fame and host to the recent Grand Chess Tour, St. Louis is becoming a “king” of chess for avid fans in the United States, and two new additions to the St. Louis chess scene are sure to have little rookies excited about the game, too.
The World Chess Hall of Fame will host a new exhibition geared to children ages 3 to 11. “Kings, Queens & Castles” brings the game of chess to life through interactive exhibits, including a drawbridge that leads to a castle and a life-size chess game. The exhibition, which is part museum exhibit and part playground, also features a dress-up station, photo opportunities and more.
"Kings, Queens & Castles" is designed to create a bridge between the critical thinking of chess and the creativity of imaginary play. The World Chess Hall of Fame will host programming themed to the exhibition, including Family Days every Saturday at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., and Toddler Tuesdays at 9 a.m. on Tuesdays. Visitors may purchase new items inspired by the exhibit at the Q Boutique inside the World Chess Hall of Fame.
The World Chess Hall of Fame will host the exhibition Oct. 31, 2015-Sept. 11, 2016. Admission to the exhibit while it is at the World Chess Hall of Fame is $5 (free for members and children under 5). Admission is free on Tuesdays. Other exhibits at the World Chess Hall of Fame are free, though a $5 donation is encouraged. In October 2016, the exhibit will be on display at The Magic House, which is located at 516 S. Kirkwood Rd., St. Louis, MO, 63122. Admission to The Magic House is $10. The exhibit will later be used at libraries and museums throughout the country.
For those who prefer to unwind over a classic game of chess in a quiet setting, the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis has partnered with Forest Park Forever to install several chess tables in a new plaza near Steinberg Skating Rink. The tables were unveiled Oct. 14 and inaugurated by a chess match between two Grand Masters.
The chess tables were donated by the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis. Other work to the plaza, including newly opened year-round restrooms and water fountains, was made possible by donations to Forest Park Forever. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own chess pieces; Forest Park Forever and the Chess Club are looking into the possibility of providing them to guests in the future.