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World's Largest Chess Piece In Central West End



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St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay speaks at the unveiling of the world’s largest chess piece May 7 at the World Chess Hall of Fame in the CWE. photo by Kevin Bohnenstiehl (click for larger version)
May 09, 2012
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The World Chess Hall of Fame, 4652 Maryland Ave. in the Central West End, has set a Guinness World Record with the May 7 installation of the world's largest chess piece.

Standing 14-feet 6-inches tall, the "king," constructed by R.G. Ross Construction Co. Inc., is made of layered exterior-grade plywood with a tung oil finish. It weighs 2,280 pounds and took about a month to complete.

Carpenters Craig Miller, Bruce Bullard and Mike Rhyneer, along with laborer Steve LaPlant, worked on the chess piece, which will be a permanent fixture on the Hall of Fame's patio.

For more information on the hall of fame, visit www.worldchesshof.org.

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