St. Louis, Missouri: World's Largest Chess Piece

Almost 15 ft. tall white king chess piece stands in front of the Hall of Fame, which honors players from Bobby Fischer to Ben Franklin.

World Chess Hall of Fame

Address:
4652 Maryland Ave., St. Louis, MO
Directions:
The chess piece stands in front of the World Chess Hall of Fame. West side of downtown. On the south side of Maryland Ave. just east of its intersection with N. Euclid Ave. Next to a Starbucks.
Hours:
Hall of Fame: T-Sa 10-5, Su 12-5 (Call to verify)
Phone:
314-367-9243
Admission:
Free
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Besides the concrete chess tables along the sidewalk for playing, there's also a storefront across the street museum where seasoned players can play against one another.

[Andrew, 08/16/2013]
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Standing nearly 15 feet tall and weighing over a ton, the World's Largest Chess Piece is the latest shock to the sleepy chess world by the upstart Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis. Backed by local billionaire Rex Sinquefield, the Chess Club wants to make St. Louis the Chess Capital of America. It used its clout in 2009 to lure the World Chess Hall of Fame from its former home in Miami. The chess piece, a king, stands in front of the Hall of Fame, which enshrines luminaries from Bobby Fischer to Ben Franklin, and displays rarities such as a chess set designed by Yoko Ono.

With pride, the Chess Club boasts that its colossal chess piece -- which eclipsed the previous record-holder by over a foot -- is too tall to fit under most St. Louis overpasses, and would require a chess board so immense that it could hold nine school buses or 392 bath tubs.

[RoadsideAmerica.com Team, 05/16/2012]

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