June 1, 2017

Featured Chess Set: June 2017

Through the Featured Chess Set project, the World Chess Hall of Fame showcases a variety of chess sets throughout the year. These include highlights from our own collection as well as chess sets owned by friends and chess lovers who have special stories to accompany their sets. For more information about how to participate in the Featured Chess Set project, please inquire at the front desk or email Assistant Curator Emily Allred.

This month’s featured chess set is being shown courtesy of Westchester Elementary School in Kirkwood, Missouri. The school’s third grade classes use the game of chess as a means of learning about systems, or groups of interrelated parts that form a complex whole. Every year, each of the students learns how to play chess, and they take a field trip to the World Chess Hall of Fame and the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis. Following the field trip, each student created his or her own chess set.

Claire T., Dogs vs. Cats, 2017

An important family event—the adoption of a pet—inspired Westchester Elementary student Claire T. to create this adorable chess set. Each of the pieces represents a different breed, color, or fur pattern of cat or dog.


  • King: Golden Retriever
  • Queen: Goldendoodle
  • Bishop: Labrador
  • Knight: German Shepherd
  • Rook: Husky
  • Pawn: Cocker Spaniel


  • King: Calico
  • Queen: Siamese
  • Bishop: Rag Doll
  • Knight: Red Tabby
  • Rook: German Short Hair
  • Pawn: Tabby

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