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Thursday, January 20, 2011

World Chess Museum to open in St Louis in September, 2011

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Hello Everybody,

Did you read our post yesterday titled New documentary on chess great Bobby Fischer premieres at Sundance Film Fest?

Here is some more exciting news from the Sundance festival.

The World Chess Museum will open in St. Louis this September and feature a variety of exhibits, historical background on the game and an opportunity to further the growing popularity of chess.

"We are very proud to support the debut of this film at the Sundance Film Festival to create some well-deserved excitement for chess," says Susan Barrett, Director of the World Chess Hall of Fame and Museum. "We want to let people know they don't have to be an expert player to appreciate how the game has impacted our culture, and that they can learn more by visiting the museum when it opens."

In addition to the film debut, four notable Chess Grandmasters will be on-hand throughout the Festival offering one-on-one tips and playing chess with passers-by, including local Utah chess students and Garbus. Grandmasters on site include:

  • GM Jennifer Shahade, author and two-time American Women's Chess Champion (2002, 2004)
  • GM Joel Benjamin, who became a national grandmaster at the age of 13, breaking Bobby Fischer's record for youngest-ever master
  • GM Alexander Shabalov, four-time U.S. Champion (2007, 2003, 1997 and 1993)
  • WIM Iryna Zenyuk, women's International Master and the first woman to win the Jerry Simon Memorial (2006)
In September 2011, St. Louis will continue to celebrate the great game of chess with the opening of the World Chess Hall of Fame and Museum directly across the street from the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis. They chose St. Louis due to the success and growing international reputation of the city's recently opened Chess Club.

This historic 15,000 square-foot building will feature the U.S. and World Chess Hall of Fame, displays of artifacts from the museum's permanent collection and temporary exhibitions highlighting the great players, historic games and rich cultural history of chess. The Museum will partner with the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis to provide innovative programming, instruction and outreach to a broad local, national and international audience of both novices and experts alike.

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