Largest Chess Piece

Record Holder: 
St. Louis
14 Feet, 6 Inches Tall And Is 6 Feet Wide
8 May 2012
Largest Chess Piece

ST. LOUIS • It's 14.5 feet high, weighs 2,280 pounds and is yet another example of the seemingly unlimited financial resources to make St. Louis the country's chess capital.

Now you can add the “World's Largest Chess Piece” to the list of St. Louis monuments.

The king piece sits on a platform, a permanent fixture in the Central West End.

It's the latest effort of the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis to promote chess in the city, and was unveiled just after 9 a.m. on Monday.

“This piece serves as a monument to the chess culture we are creating in St. Louis,” said Mike Wilmering, spokesman for the club.

It's also an unabashed public relations move. Still, it's hard not to smile at the ambition behind it.