It is a very nice building. It is in an old neighborhood, and the brick is very typical for the area.
Thanks very much Everyone for all of the photos and updates ! We certainly have a good idea what the Hall looks like. Thanks again.
I just received my new issue of Chess Life and there is an ad shown which mentions that the Bobby Fischer display at the World Chess Hall Of Fame will continue thru to August 12th. This is part of their rotating series of displays, just a heads up for anyone that happens to be in St.Louis now or in the near future.
Good night all.
A chess hof in St. Louis? I have a friend that goes there often to see the Cardinals. I'll have to ask him about this.
Thanks for the posts. Yes after the tech bubble burst and the fallout from those problems it became necessary to move the Chess HOF and St.Louis is indeed the new location for the Hall.
Just saw a interesting photo in the July 2012 issue of " Chess Life ". The photo was taken in front of the St.Louis Chess Club ( near the Chess HOF ) and shows GM Hikaru Nakamura holding a standard size King. The catch is that Nakamura is standing beside a 14 foot plus tall Chess King that is now in the Guinness World Record Book. The Giant King is 6 feet in diameter and weighs 2,200 pounds, a bit difficult to move that piece from position to position lol.
Thanks for the info JoseO. Several people who have visited the new HOF also left posts here and it seems that things are off to a good start. Let us hope that the HOF has found a long term home in St.Louis.
I was recently looking thru the December issue of Chess Life and came across a article on an interesting collection of Chess artifacts located in Cleveland. This is the John G.White Collection that is located at the Cleveland Public Library ( it is the largest Chess Libary in the World ). In addition to the huge number of Chess books and periodicals in the Collection some rare items are also on permanent display ( eg: Bobby Fischer's original scoresheets from the XIXth Olympiad of 1970 which was held in Siegen, Germany ).
A couple of weeks ago I was in St. Louis for work. I was only there Monday to Friday. After looking at the HOF site on google and their own site, there were two different sets of hours of operation. So, I called on Monday, and received a recorded message that stated the dates the HOF would be closed-for August. This was the first week of December. I was able to leave a message, so I left my phone # asking for their hours. Three days later someone finally called back to tell me their hours are 10-6.
I don't have anything against St. Louis, but it seems like one would have to take a vacation or holiday to go see the HOF. And I've never met anyone that said, "I' have next week off work, I think I'll go to St. Louis!"
Spudnik did (and then he never came back). Let this be a warning to us all.
Thanks for the recent posts. Sorry to hear that the HOF is having problems with the info on their web-site. As for visiting St.Louis, if I had the chance then I would go there in the Summer while the Cardinals are in town and see some Baseball as well as visiting the Chess HOF.
And don't forget stopping over to see beautiful downtown East St Louis.
Now that would be something you might not come back from.
It's on the other side of the river.
Man you do not want to see any of the Eastside St Louis Hilltop Gang. Hey if you walk to fast around there the cops pick you up and if you walk to slow ......well you figure it out.
Well it is a sad fact of life that almost any major city on this planet has dangerous areas that one should avoid visiting. However I gather that the Chess HOF is in a reasonably secure area.