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YOUR INVITATION for
CHESS COLLECTORS INTERNATIONAL’S
19th BIENNIAL CONGRESS
Saint Louis, Missouri, USA
May 27 - 31, 2020

From the ENLIGHTENMENT to the WILD WEST
You are hereby cordially invited to attend the 19th Biennial Congress of Chess
Collectors International, to be held in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA, from May 27th
through the 31st, 2020.
We have an exciting program planned for you. Saint Louis is the permanent home of
the World Chess Hall of Fame (WCHOF), and the fabled Saint Louis Chess Club. For
those of us used to small, dingy chess clubs, stepping into the St. Louis club feels like
arriving in the Promised Land. Along with the chess-themed Kingside Diner (which
actually has two locations in the St. Louis area), this part of the upscale Central West
End neighborhood is referred to as the “chess campus.” The most important links
for these fine institutions are as follows:
World Chess Hall of Fame: https://worldchesshof.org
Saint Louis Chess Club: https://saintlouischessclub.org
The Kingside Diner: http://www.kingsidediner.com/cwe/
The theme of our 2020 meeting will be, "From the Enlightenment to the Wild West."
Usually, those two historical periods are never mentioned in the same breath, but
they do link up in one and only one place on Earth: St. Louis. That is because the
United States once had, to its credit, a very important Enlightenment figure you may
have heard of, Mr. Thomas Jefferson. In 1803, President Jefferson purchased a
rather large plot of land from Napoleon Bonaparte of France, and suddenly needed
to explore it.
In his unquenchable thirst for knowledge ("Are there woolly mammoths out there?
Are there giants? Is there an easy water route to get from here to the Pacific
Ocean?") Jefferson commissioned the legendary Lewis & Clark Expedition of 1804 -
06. This expedition, also known by its more romantic name, the Corps of Discovery,
just happened to embark from ... St. Louis. That is why St. Louis has the famous arch,
and is known today as the "Gateway to the West." From this city, you have only to
turn your face to the west to look out over the Great Plains, once the home of bison
and rattlesnakes, cowboys and Indians, and beyond that, to the Rocky Mountains.
Just a few highlights:
• The featured exhibition in the museum during our visit will be "Dare to Know:
Chess in the Age of Reason," which will explore the complex and fascinating
role played by the Game of Kings at a time when many nations and peoples were
just beginning to throw off their kings. Expect to see a startling selection of
original sets, boards, books and other chess artifacts from the 18th and very
early 19th centuries, featuring the true first edition of Denis Diderot's massive
Encyclopédie (published 1751 - 1780), which everyone has heard of, but few
have ever seen, along with a genuine, period Encyclopédie chess set to go with it.
The Encyclopédie is universally considered by scholars and historians to be the
most important document or artifact of the entire Age of Enlightenment, one
which literally rocked the foundations of Western Civilization as we know it.
• A public reading of the poem, Caïssa, written by William Jones of England in
1763, when he was just a 17-year old boy.
• Lectures on chess-related topics, a chess auction, a chess market, etc.
YOUR ORGANIZERS: Tom Gallegos: livinginthepast@comcast.net
Luann Woneis: l.woneis@comcast.net
Please feel free to contact either of us at any time with any questions, comments or
concerns you may have about the conference.
HOTEL INFORMATION: Our conference hotel will be the Chase Park Plaza (owned
and operated by Royal Sonesta), located a short walk from the Chess Campus at 212
N. Kingshighway Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63108. Our special Chess Rate is $159 per
night. There is no breakfast included with the rate (a breakfast buffet is available in
the Preston, currently $22 per person, or you may order off the menu). However,
you may sleep 1, 2, 3 or 4 people in the room and the rate is still just $159 per night.
This rate is good up to 3 days before and/or 3 days after the conference. For this
meeting, we have a dedicated travel agency, ChiChi Travel, that works directly with
the World Chess Hall of Fame, and this is how we are getting the special rate. Please
make your hotel reservations through their travel manager, Kelly Toal, via e-mail:
ktoal@chichillc.com or by phone at 314-678-0500. You will need to provide your
arrival & departure dates, name, and credit card number with expiration date to
book the room. Please mention Chess Collectors International to receive the special
rate. Our block of rooms is fairly small, so please book your hotel room well in
advance of March 31, 2020!
AUCTION INFORMATION: We will hold a chess auction on Saturday May 30th at
10:00 am. The auctioneer will be Link Auction Galleries, which is housed in a lovely
1902 church building at 5000 Washington Place, St. Louis, MO 63108. This is a
pleasant six-block walk from the Chase Park Plaza (a bus or shuttles will also be
available). Our group will be bidding live and in person, but there will also be
internet competition via Invaluable.com. Prior to the auction there will be viewing
hours, and Link has also generously offered us the use of their facility for our
morning lectures for two days prior to the auction, saving us a great deal of money
on hotel conference rooms. (And it means you will have at least two days to
preview the auction items prior to the auction on Saturday.)
Susan Kime, the head of Link Auction Galleries, is a well-known and respected fine
art and antiques appraiser/auctioneer with over twenty years experience in the St.
Louis area. She has been a featured appraiser for PBS Antiques Roadshow since
2011, and she will be coordinating our auction personally.
CONSIGNMENT INFORMATION: If you have chess sets, boards, books, clocks,
ephemera or other chess-related items you wish to sell at auction, you will need to
make your consignment and shipping arrangements directly with Link Auction
Galleries. Please contact them via e-mail at susan@linkauctiongalleries.com, or by
phone, 314-454-6525. The deadline for consignments is March 31, 2020.
CHESS MARKET INFORMATION:
The chess market will take place on Saturday, May 30, 2020, about 3:00 in the
afternoon (after the auction), at the Kingside Diner. Please let us know if you need a
table for the items you are offering. There will be no fee for this. The chess market
will take place roughly at the same time as the simul, which will also be at the
Kingside Diner.
REGISTRATION FORM
CCI’s 19th Biennial Congress, St. Louis, Missouri, USA
May 27 – 31, 2020
Please complete the form below and mail it along with your check for US $385.00
per person, by no later than March 31, 2020. (Please print clearly and legibly):
_________________________________________________________________________________________________
Your Name
_________________________________________________________________________________________________
Name(s) of your guests or additional attendees
Check here if you are a vegetarian or vegan:_______ (Circle one)
Check here if you’d like to play in the simul:_______
Check here if you need a vendor table for the chess market:_______
Your email address for confirmation and subsequent information regarding the
conference:___________________________________________________________________________________
Please make your check payable to Chess Collectors International. Mail the check
and your completed form to:
Tom Gallegos
6352 Utica Street
Arvada, Colorado 80003-1470
USA
Our non-USA members have the option of paying the registration fee in cash at the
meeting, if they choose. We unfortunately have no way to accept PayPal, credit
cards, or bank wire transfers at this time.
PLEASE REGISTER EARLY: As an incentive, the first 25 people to register will have
the option to attend a special concert taking place on May 27th from 7:00 to 8:00 pm,
courtesy of WCHOF. The indie-folk duo Whitherward will perform.
PROVISIONAL PROGRAM
CCI’s 19th Biennial Congress, St. Louis, Missouri, USA
May 27 – 31, 2020
Wednesday, May 27th:
1:00 – 5:00 Registration in the hotel
5:30 – 7:00 Reception at the WCHOF
7:00 – 8:00 Folk concert at WCHOF: Whitherward (25 tickets available)
7:00 Informal dinner (not included in conference fee)
Thursday, May 28th:
9:00 – 12:00 Morning lectures at Link Auction Gallery (and auction viewing)
12:00 – 2:00 Lunch (included with the conference fee)
2:00 – 5:00 Exhibition at WCHOF: Dare to Know: Chess in the Age of Reason
5:30 Bus departs from hotel for the riverboat
6:00 – 9:00 Dinner cruise aboard the Tom Sawyer riverboat (included)
Friday, May 29th:
9:00 – 12:00 Morning lectures at Link Auction Gallery (and auction viewing)
12:00 – 1:30 Box Lunch (included with the conference fee)
2:30 Bus departs from hotel for Lewis & Clark Boathouse & Museum
5:30 Dinner of St. Louis BBQ (included)
Saturday, May 30th:
9:00 – 10:00 Final auction preview
10:00 – 1:00 Chess Auction at Link Auction Galleries
1:00 Lunch on your own (not included)
3:00 – 6:00 Chess Market at the Kingside Diner
3:00 – 6:00 Simultaneous Exhibition at the Kingside Diner
7:00 – 10:00 Enlightenment Gala Dinner at Chase Park Plaza (included)
Sunday, May 31st:
9:00 Informal farewell breakfast at hotel (not included)
Opportunity to visit (on your own) local attractions such as the
Gateway Arch, National Blues Museum, St. Louis Art Museum,
History Museum, Cahokia Mounds Historic Site, the Botanical
Gardens, Trolley Tours, the St. Louis Zoo, the Mercantile
Library, etc.
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Explore St. Louis

https://explorestlouis.com/

 

Confluence Tower

http://www.confluencetower.com/

http://www.confluencetower.com/about

 

National Blues Museum

https://www.nationalbluesmuseum.org/

https://www.nationalbluesmuseum.org/about/

https://www.nationalbluesmuseum.org/museum-rentals/

Click here for their rental package info.

 

Saint Louis Art Museum

Has Danforth Collection of Native American art, panorama painting, works by George Caleb Bingham, and Mississippian art.

https://www.slam.org/

 

Gateway Arch

They offer river cruises on their website, which offers information about their packages.

https://www.gatewayarch.com/

https://www.gatewayarch.com/plan-your-visit/#accessibility

https://www.gatewayarch.com/experience/riverboat-cruises/

 

Missouri History Museum

https://mohistory.org/museum

 

Forest Park

https://www.forestparkforever.org/about

https://forestparkmap.org/

 

Scott Joplin House

https://mostateparks.com/park/scott-joplin-house-state-historic-site

 

Cahokia Mounds

https://cahokiamounds.org/

 

St. Louis Fun Tours

https://www.stlouisfuntours.com/

 

Sugarfire Smoke House

https://sugarfiresmokehouse.com/

 

Anheuser Busch Brewery Tours

https://www.budweisertours.com/

 

American Queen Steamboat Company

This company is the one that does pickups near the WCHOF, but it looks like their trips may be longer than what you’re looking for.

https://www.americanqueensteamboatcompany.com/

 

St. Louis Fun Tours

Get acquainted with the popular sights and local favorites that St. Louis has to offer during our fully narrated 75 minute tour aboard an authentic, air-conditioned trolley with brass rails, bells and all!

http://stlouisfuntours.com/

 

Frank Lloyd Wright House in Ebsworth Park

https://ebsworthpark.org/

 

Contemporary Art Museum Saint Louis

https://camstl.org/

 

Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts

https://pulitzerarts.org/

 

Gateway Arch Museum

https://www.nps.gov/jeff/index.htm

 

Landmarks Association

Explore the fascinating history, culture and architectural legacy of Downtown St. Louis from the city's founding through its current development. They regularly-scheduled tours of Downtown East and Downtown West on Saturdays at 10 a.m. from April 1 to October 31. Also offer special tours of Grand Center Arts District and Washington Avenue and can create a special tour specifically for a group. Special tours are available for groups of five or more. All tours are $10 per person. Tours run between 2 and 2 1/2 hours long and cover about two miles at a moderate pace.

https://www.landmarks-stl.org/

https://www.landmarks-stl.org/events/

 

Grand Center Arts District

http://www.grandcenter.org/

http://www.grandcenter.org/tours/

 

Renegade Tours

https://renegadestl.com/



LAST:

Make Your Travel Plans For

CCI's 19th BIENNIAL CONGRESS

Saint Louis, Missouri, USA

May 27 - 31, 2020  

From the ENLIGHTENMENT to the WILD WEST  

CCI’s next biennial meeting will take place in Saint Louis, USA.  In keeping with CCI's long-standing tradition that the biennials occur two in Europe, one in the USA, two in Europe, one in the USA, etc. (because Europe has a greater number of active collectors), we have recently had:   

Jersey City, USA                    16th Biennial, 2014  

Paris, France                         17th Biennial, 2016  

Prague, Czech Republic       18th Biennial, 2018   

It is the USA's turn next.  Saint Louis, in addition to being a lovely Midwestern American city, is the permanent home of the World Chess Hall of Fame (WCHOF), and the Saint Louis Chess Club.  Both are located in the upscale Central West End neighborhood of St. Louis.  So much chess goes on here that the area is affectionately referred to as the “chess campus.”  There is even a chess-themed restaurant right next door, the Kingside Diner.  Check out these links:   

World Chess Hall of Fame:  https://worldchesshof.org

Saint Louis Chess Club:  https://saintlouischessclub.org

The Kingside Diner:  http://www.kingsidediner.com/cwe/ 

CCI has visited the chess campus before, but never for a biennial.  If you think you know St. Louis, just wait.  This will be a completely different meeting.   

The theme of the 2020 meeting will be, "From the Enlightenment to the Wild West."  Usually, those two historical periods are never mentioned in the same breath, but they do link up in one and only one place on Earth:  St. Louis.  That is because the United States once had, to its credit, a very important Enlightenment figure you may have heard of, Mr. Thomas Jefferson.  In 1803, President Jefferson purchased a rather large plot of land from Napoleon Bonaparte of France, and suddenly needed to explore it.   

In his unquenchable thirst for knowledge ("Are there woolly mammoths out there?  Are there giants?  Is there an easy water route to get from here to the Pacific Ocean?") Jefferson commissioned the legendary Lewis & Clark Expedition of 1804 - 06.  This expedition, also known by its more romantic name, the Corps of Discovery, just happened to embark from ... St. Louis.  That is why St. Louis has the famous arch, and is known today as the "Gateway to the West."  From this city, you have only to turn your face to the west to look out over the Great Plains, once the home of bison and rattlesnakes, cowboys and Indians, and beyond that, to the Rocky Mountains.   

·         The featured exhibition in the museum during our visit will be "Dare to Know:  Chess in the Age of Reason," which will explore the complex and fascinating role played by the Game of Kings at a time when many nations and peoples were just beginning to throw off their kings.  Expect to see a startling selection of original sets, boards, books and other chess artifacts from the 18th and very early 19th centuries, featuring the true first edition of Denis Diderot's massive Encyclopédie (published 1751 - 1780), which everyone has heard of, but few have ever seen, along with a genuine, period Encyclopédie chess set to go with it.  The Encyclopédie is universally considered by scholars and historians to be the most important document or artifact of the entire Age of Enlightenment, one which literally rocked the foundations of Western Civilization as we know it.   

·         A public reading of the poem, Caïssa, written by William Jones of England in 1763, when he was just a 17-year old boy.  We have all heard of the Goddess of Chess, but how many collectors or players can say they have actually heard the poem which originated this myth?  (And no, the earlier 1527 poem by Hieronymus Vida, so often cited, had little to do with it, presenting a very different mythical origin for chess, and not mentioning a goddess or nymph named Caïssa.)   

·         Morning lectures on chess-related topics.   

·         A chess auction (consignments wanted!) and a separate chess market.   

·         A simultaneous exhibition by a grandmaster, to be named later.   

·         A probable visit to the Lewis and Clark State Historic Site in Hartford, Illinois.  Camp Dubois (“Wood Camp”) is a recreation of the original Lewis and Clark camp site for the winter of 1803-4, just prior to their embarkation.   

·         A dinner cruise on a Mississippi paddlewheel boat, with a fine view of the Gateway Arch.  (For those interested, longer paddlewheel cruises are possible before or after the meeting, to ports of call such as Nashville, Memphis, and New Orleans.)   

·         Free time to visit other local attractions such as the Gateway Arch, National Blues Museum, St. Louis Art Museum, History Museum, Cahokia Mounds Historic Site, the Botanical Gardens, Trolley Tours, the St. Louis Zoo, the Mercantile Library, etc.   

·         An Enlightenment-themed gala dinner.   

·         Surprises possible.   

YOUR ORGANIZERS:  Tom Gallegos and Luann Woneis have been attending CCI meetings since the 1990's, and we are thrilled to have the opportunity to organize one ourselves.  Though we live some 800 miles from St. Louis, in the Denver area, we pledge our best efforts to making this meeting as interesting and worthwhile as possible.  Chief Curator Shannon Bailey and her staff at the WCHOF have graciously offered us their assistance with the planning and logistics for this meeting.   

It is time to start getting a rough count of how many people are planning to attend.  If you think you’re coming (we understand if it is too early for some of you to say) please contact either or both of us at:   

Tom Gallegos:  livinginthepast@comcast.net

Luann Woneis:  l.woneis@comcast.net 

Do not be shy about contacting either of us at any time with any questions, comments or concerns you may have about the conference.   

There will be a complete programme, hotel information, and official registration form in the next issue, which you will also receive by mail under separate cover.  Thanks, and we look forward to seeing you next spring in sunny Saint Louis!   

Tom Gallegos & Luann Woneis  

Organizers         


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