Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis


Rex Sinquefield loves a good game of chess. He also recognizes that it’s not just entertaining; the 1,500-year-old game also has a tremendous impact on developing minds.  

To promote the academic benefits of chess and to provide a venue for the game, Rex and Dr. Jeanne Sinquefield founded the not-for-profit Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis in 2007.

The center is considered by many to be the most beautiful and technologically-advanced chess club in the nation, making it a destination spot for experts looking to compete, as well as newcomers needing some lessons.  Through the center, the Sinquefields also support existing chess programs in schools and introduce the game to thousands of children and adults throughout the Saint Louis community.

The Club also promotes chess at the top levels by hosting all of the major U.S. Championship events and matches between the world’s top players, and as a result has helped St. Louis become widely recognized as the emerging chess center of the country.

In September 2011, the Sinquefields opened the World Chess Hall of Fame directly across the street from the Chess Club. The historic 15,000-square-foot building features displays of artifacts from the permanent collection, as well as temporary exhibitions highlighting the great players, historic games and rich cultural history of chess.

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