Is there a Chess Museum?

CrecyWar

Anyone here involved with a "chess museum" ? Do you know of any? Can you provide a link?

TurboFish

Yes, the World Chess Hall of Fame:

http://www.worldchesshof.org

RomyGer

Nice new subject, Edward !   

I found the following info : in 1984 was founded the CCI, the Chess Collectors International ; the Collection of G.A. Pfeiffers is in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York ; the collection of C. Dolphs in the Mary Hill Museum of Art in State Washington ; the collection of W. Dombrowski (St Petersburg) is in the first (!) Russian Chess Museum in Moscow. 

A lot of chess players collect all types of items, related to chess, postal stamps, envelopes, date stamps, letters, medals, films, clothes, BOOKS, pieces, boards, clocks, photographs, pictures, drawings, signatures, pins, flags.

Most boards and pieces are in dozens of museums all over the world, and a lot of collectors have chess objects of historical and artistic interest at home, as there are in the USA  e.g. David Hafler (Merion), George Dean (Boston), Bernice and Floyd Sarisohn - and Benjamin Levene (State New York), Kate Merrey (State Washington), Dail Brandreth (Yorklyn).

Chess Libraries are in Berlin (L.Bledow), St Petersburg (von Jaenisch), Den Haag Holland (A. van der Linde, 18.000 books), Posen (Th. von der Lasa), Cleveland (J.White, 13.000 books), Philadelphia (G.Allen), in Budapest and in Moscow ; also Anderson in Melbourne.

I hope this is a start for further investigation and research about museums and collections, when I find more, I come back on this subject.

CrecyWar

Thanks to all for the responses. Romy thanks for the detailed answer. I am trying to figure out the value of this One of a Kind ticket for the first day of the First Piatigorsky Cup in Los Angeles July 2nd, 1963. Mint condition.

CrecyWar

Anyone ever see another ticket for this event?

SocialPanda

I know that there are collectores for chess stamps, but are there collectors for all different kinds of chess documents?

steve_bute
CrecyWar wrote:

Thanks to all for the responses. Romy thanks for the detailed answer. I am trying to figure out the value of this One of a Kind ticket for the first day of the First Piatigorsky Cup in Los Angeles July 2nd, 1963. Mint condition.

The event is over, so the ticket is no longer worth anything. If it had a stain on it, you could claim it was some of Fischer's sideline rant-spittle ... then it would be worth ... hmmm ... nothing.

SocialPanda

CrecyWar

Steve...not sure why you would respond in that manner.

btickler

Petty and bitter would be my guess.

steve_bute
CrecyWar wrote:

Steve...not sure why you would respond in that manner.

My (non-expert) opinion is that the ticket is worth nothing.

TurboFish

It is extremely unlikely that the ticket is worth nothing.  Try putting it on eBay with a too-high reserve value just to find out what people will offer.  By setting a reserve value of, say $1000 (probably too high), you'll find out what people think it's worth, but without your being obligated to sell (unless someone meets or exceeds the reserve value).  I think there are more than a few collectors that would be very happy to grab that ticket if it can be verified as real.

RomyGer

Have a look on www.lasker-gesellschaft.de  for at least 15 links to museums, collections etc. ; moreover that site is great ! 

NomadicKnight

I like TurboFish' idea... and if you sell it, let us know what you got for it!

wandering_pawn

Coolest place to have one would be the Cafe de la Regence in Paris

http://chess.eusa.ed.ac.uk/Chess/Trivia/CafeRegence.html

 

"One of the great Chess venues was the famous Cafe de la Regence "Place du Palais-Royal" in Paris, just beside the Louvre. The chess tables are gone, alas, but once they were frequented by the likes of Voltaire, Diderot, Rousseau and Ben Franklin.

Voltaire contested a postal chess match from there with Frederick The Great, dispatching his moves to a waiting courtier. Corporal Napoleon also spent a lot of spare time there absorbed in his favorite pastime.

The story goes that a beautiful girl disguised as a man checkmated Robespierre and then revealed her identity to plead for the life of her condemned lover. She got an order for his immediate release

In 1858 the American Paul Morphy won acclaim by playing eight strong opponents at once without sight of the board."

 


RomyGer

RomyGer

Picture 14 is Paul Morphy playing blindfold in Café de la Régence, 27-09-1858, engraving by an unknown artist, picture printed in Harper's Weekly.

Picture 15, also an engraving by an unknown artist, showing the Café during " un Grand Tournoi d'Echecs " in 1867, won by Ignace Kolisch, picture printed in Le Monde Illustré.      Kolisch is the man in the middle, dark beard, watching the game Levy-DeVinck.

Picture 16 is "Match par Télégraphe,  Paris - Vienne,  dans Café de la Régence, 1894, a copper-engraving by M. Motty.   Chigorin is watching a game by Rosenthal, table at the right.

The Café still exsists, but is now a restaurant, without chess players.

All  thanks to the fine book by Dutchman L.C.M. (Leo) Diepstraten, about more than hundred legendary Café's and the chess players !

CrecyWar
TurboFish wrote:

It is extremely unlikely that the ticket is worth nothing.  Try putting it on eBay with a too-high reserve value just to find out what people will offer.  By setting a reserve value of, say $1000 (probably too high), you'll find out what people think it's worth, but without your being obligated to sell (unless someone meets or exceeds the reserve value).  I think there are more than a few collectors that would be very happy to grab that ticket if it can be verified as real.

My thought is $500. I have a Jacqueline Piatigorsky book with an inscription to a friend which I might put the 2 together for $500.

RomyGer

Back to post nr 1 : someone interested in historical and artistic objects ( in a museum or not ) should also see the forums here on chess.com with paintings, drawings an pictures, called "Chess in Art", 956 posts ; and Greatest Chess Photographs, 1524 posts.

Hamslice420

There is a fantastic exhibit in washington state,USA at the maryhill museum. Right on the oregon/washington border. The rest of the museum is incredible but the chess exhibit is in the bottom floor! Check out the cool rodin sculptures while your at it!