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February
7

Visit the World Chess Hall of Fame's Latest Exhibition

Chess Hall of Fame

If chess had a "greatest hits" collection, this would be it. Our real estate agents will be among the fans celebrating Mind, Art, Experience: 10 Years of Chess & Culture at the World Chess Hall of Fame, only minutes from St. Louis homes for sale

History of the World Chess Hall of Fame

  • The museum's story begins in 1986 when it was first established as the U.S. Chess Hall of Fame. At the time, the fledgling collection was small enough to be housed in the basement of the United States Chess Federation headquarters in New Windsor, NY.

  • Four years later, the U.S. Chess Trust bought the museum and relocated the collection to Washington, D.C. Over the next ten years, acquisitions included the 1993 World Team Chess Championship trophy won by the U.S. and U.S. Chess Hall of Fame inductee plaques. 

  • Once again, the museum moved, taking up residence in Miami, FL, in 2001. Along with a new multi-million dollar home, the museum gained a new name and became the World Chess Hall of Fame. While the collection continued to grow, the museum ultimately closed in 2009.

  • During the interim, St. Louis became a hot spot for chess thanks to the international reputation of the city's Chess Club and Scholastic Center. Local philanthropists Jeanne and Rex Sinquefield generously funded the museum's move to the Central West End neighborhood of St. Louis.

The Museum Today

  • Visitors to the three-story museum, across the street from the Chess Club and Scholastic Center, are greeted by the World's Largest Chess Piece as certified by Guinness World Records. Measuring 20' tall, this massive king is made from African sapele mahogany and weighs in at 10,860 pounds.

  • The third floor holds the World and U.S. Halls of Fame, with plaques corresponding to each member. Each year, the World and U.S. Chess Federations make their respective nominations to the U.S. Chess Trust, which conducts a vote for final approval. 

  • The museum's collection supports its two-fold mission: document the history of chess and explore its influence on art and culture. Artifacts include trophies, scoresheets, photographs, and chess sets connected to significant players and events. Other items include unique, and novelty chess sets, such as one designed by artist Emil Pott for iconic jewelry retailer Tiffany & Co.

  • There's always something going on at the museum, which hosts a number of fundraisers, lectures, musical performances, and other special events. Examples include the Music Series and Composer Series along with Jingle, a holiday pop-up, and the Spooky Scavenger Hunt for Halloween.

Mind, Art, Experience: 10 Years of Chess & Culture

  • In honor of the museum's first decade in St. Louis, Mind, Art, Experience: 10 Years of Chess & Culture is a retrospective of the 50 exhibits featured over that span. More than 120 artifacts and artworks are on hand, many of them representing legends of the game, such as Bobby Fischer, Anatoly Karpov, and Garry Kasparov. A number of artifacts are on loan from notable collections and institutions around the country.

  • Mind, Art, Experience: 10 Years of Chess & Culture is on display through Sunday, July 17. A special reception is scheduled for 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 14. Admission to the museum and the reception is free, with a suggested donation of $3 per person and $5 per family. Museum hours are 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday, and noon - 5 p.m. Sunday.

Be king or queen of your own "castle" in St. Louis. Contact us at Coldwell Banker Premier Group and declare "checkmate" on your real estate goals. 

November
1

About the 30th Annual Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival

St Louis FilmOne of the reasons our real estate agents love St. Louis so much is all the wonderful local events. It seems that any time of year, from spring to winter, there's a fun celebration to attend. If you're a film lover — or even someone who just enjoys the occasional movie — then the 30th Annual Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival is an upcoming event you won't want to miss.

History of the Festival

The St. Louis International Film Festival (SLIFF) was founded in 1992 and has been held every year since. The founders intended the festival to promote and present new and interesting films in order to preserve movie-making as an art.

The first few St. Louis International Film Festivals were held in April, but in 1995, the event moved to November. In 1998, the festival grew large enough for its headquarters to move to the Central West End. Well-known films featured over the years include Kinsey, which was screened in 2004, and Up in the Air, featured in 2009.

Attending the Festival

This year, the St. Louis International Film Festival is scheduled for November 4th - 21st, 2021. Screenings will take place at various locations on the following dates and times.

  • Landmark's Tivoli Theatre: 6350 Delmar Blvd., University City, MO 63130
    Screenings will take place at Landmark's Tivoli Theatre November 4th - 14th and 19th - 21st.

  • Brown Hall Auditorium, Washington University: 1 Brookings Drive, St. Louis, MO 63130
    The Brown Hall Auditorium will hold screenings November 5th - 6th, 12th - 14th, and 19th - 21st.

  • Winifred Moore Auditorium, Webster University: 470 E. Lockwood Ave., St. Louis, MO 63119
    Visit the Winifred Moore Auditorium between November 5th - 14th for screenings.

  • St. Louis Museum of Contemporary Art: 3750 Washington Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63108
    Screenings will take place at the St. Louis Museum of Contemporary Art on November 4th and 11th.

In addition to screening this year's featured films, the festival will also host the screening of several films released in 1971. You can catch these Golden Anniversary screenings at the St. Louis Public Library's Auditorium on weekend afternoons.

You can see a list of the films featured in this year's festival on the event website. Tickets and passes will also be available through the website. 

Awards

Various awards will be given throughout the St. Louis International Film Festival. These include awards for the Best Documentary Short and the Best Short Short. There will also be an award for Best Live Action Short and another for Best Animated Short.

If you're looking at St. Louis homes for sale, make sure you take a break to attend the St. Louis International Film Festival. Stop by to see one film, or see how many you can catch throughout the festival. This is just one of many awesome fall events in St. Louis. Contact us if you're new to the area and looking for the perfect place to call home. Our real estate agents will be happy to guide you.

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