If you are a chess enthusiast and find yourself in St. Louis, Missouri, you definitely won’t want to miss a stop at the Saint Louis Chess Club. The Saint Louis Chess Club is a non-profit organization that opened its doors in 2008, and aims to promote the game of chess locally, nationally, and internationally with a focus on brining the benefits of chess to children. It has become home to championship chess in the U.S., hosting numerous national tournaments.
According to their website “It is the mission of the Saint Louis Chess Club, an educational organization, to maintain a formal program of instruction to teach the game of chess and to promote and support its educational program through community outreach and local and national partnerships to increase the awareness of the educational value of chess.”
The Saint Louis Chess Club was founded by Rex Sinquefield, a St. Louis native, who is passionate about education, children, and the benefits of chess. He is also responsible for helping fund the move of the World Chess Hall of Fame to its current location in St. Louis. Rex Sinquefield started the famous Sinquefield Cup – which has been a part of the Grand Chess Tour since 201, and the Cairns Cup – an elite level tournament for the top female players from around the world.
Rex has transformed his hometown of St. Louis so much that in May 2013, the United States Congress declared St. Louis the chess capital of the country!
The Saint Louis Chess Club is located at 4657 Maryland Ave, Saint Louis, MO, 63108. It’s open seven days a week and offers a world-class tournament playing area, classroom library, and casual playing areas. Currently a 20,000 square foot expansion is in the works that will provide an expanded tournament area, more community gathering spaces, and a studio for professional players to live stream on Twitch.tv.
The 2023 Sinquefield Cup will be held November 19th – December 3rd 2023. You can find all the details here.