Chess Collectors International was incorporated in 1984 for the study and promulgation of the art and history of chess artifacts.
The first Biennial Convention was held in Florida in 1984. Subsequent 4 to 5 day conventions have been held in London, 1986; Munich, 1988; New York, 1990; Paris, 1992; St. Petersburg, Russia, 1994; Washington D.C., 1996; Vienna, Austria, 1998; Florence, Italy, 2000; Philadelphia, 2002; Madrid, 2004; Berlin, 2006; Miami, 2008; Cambridge, England, 2010; Dresden, Germany, 2012; and plans to meet in New York in 2014.
Conventions have included seminars and speakers on chess collecting; chess auctions; museums exhibitions; displays of chess art, books, and stamps; and the sale and trading of chess sets and chess materials. Museums displaying their chess sets during our conventions have included the Hermitage in St. Petersburg, Russia; New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art; The Philadelphia Museum of Art; The Biblioteque National in Paris; The German National Museum in Munich, and London’s British Museum and Victoria and Albert Museum.
Membership initially was for those who enjoyed the beauty, art, and history of chess sets. It now includes collectors of chess postage stamps as well as chess books, chess in art, chess pins, documents, and other memorabilia.
Some members are recognized for their playing expertise. Others know little of the moves, but enjoy collecting chess in all forms. Some members have three or four chess sets. Others have collected hundreds of sets. Some specialize in antique sets. Others prefer sets designed by modern artists or local craftspeople.
A worldwide membership and mailing list numbers close to 2,000 people in 34 different nations. Approximately ten percent of that number are located in the New York Metropolitan area and about fifty percent of the membership is in the United States.
In local areas, members sometimes get together to display and discuss chess sets and material. By telephone and letter, members keep one another informed of upcoming sales and other pertinent information. A newsletter is currently published and plans are being made to for scholarships and prizes to encourage further study of the art and history of the game of chess.
Dues are $50.00 per person, per calendar year. To become a member, send a check payable to “Chess Collectors International” P.O. Box 166, Commack, NY 11725. Chess Collectors International is a tax exempt corporation in the U.S.A.
Phone (631) 543-1330
Fax: (631) 543-7901