Caïssa Club

The Caïssa Club is a joint gift program that recognizes dedicated individuals, corporations, and foundations who make a combined annual gift of $1,000 or more.

What is Caissa?

The Caïssa Club is named after the mythical Thracian dryad portrayed as the goddess of chess. Caïssa originates from the 658-line poem, Scacchia Ludus c. 1565, by Italian Renaissance poet Hieronymus Vida, which describes a chess game on Mount Olympus between Apollo and Mercury in the presence of the other gods. 

Why Should You Join?

By making a combined gift of $1,000 or more, you are helping sustain chess through education, the arts, culture, and sport in the city of Saint Louis and beyond. Each year, Caïssa Club members gather for exclusive events at both institutions from personalized, curator-led tours to intimate cocktail receptions with renowned artists and private chess lessons with world-class grandmasters.

Founder’s Square

$15,000 and above
All joint membership benefits, plus: 
  • Exclusive dinner for 6 at the World Chess Hall of Fame or Chess Club and Scholastic Center.

  • Private lesson for 2 with renowned Grandmaster.

  • Invitations to all VIP and behind-the-scenes events.

  • Recognition on the World Chess Hall of Fame’s giant, patio chessboard (your name solely listed in the King or Queen square) for one year.

  • Recognition in the monthly, digital newsletter.*

Estimated value of goods and services: $712.50

 

Grandmaster’s Square

$5,000 and above
All joint membership benefits, plus:
  • Private lesson for 2 with renowned Grandmaster.

  • Invitations to all VIP and behind-the-scenes events.

  • Recognition on the World Chess Hall of Fame’s giant, patio chessboard for one year.

  • Recognition in the monthly, digital newsletter.*

Estimated value of goods and services: $112.50

 

Kings & Queens Square

$2,500 and above
All joint membership benefits, plus: 
  • Invitations to all VIP and behind-the-scenes events.

  • Recognition on the World Chess Hall of Fame’s giant, patio chessboard for one year.

  • Recognition in the monthly, digital newsletter.*

 

Caïssa Square

$1,000 and above
All joint membership benefits, plus:
  • Recognition on the World Chess Hall of Fame’s giant, patio chessboard for one year.

  • Recognition in the monthly, digital newsletter.*

To join or renew your Caïssa Club membership with a one-time gift, complete form, and mail to:

World Chess Hall of Fame
Attn: Caïssa Club
4652 Maryland Avenue
Saint Louis, MO 63108
 

To make a gift and pay your membership monthly or quarterly, please contact: development@worldchesshof.org or (314) 367-9243.

Click here to download the Caïssa Club membership form.

*Donors are listed in our digital newsletter unless they wish to remain anonymous.