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Saint Louis University Chess Team

Champions Play Here

The Saint Louis University Chess Team has risen to become one of the best in the nation, becoming National Champions in 2022. Since its founding in 2016, SLU’s chess team has become a nationally-known team, and it is considered one of the most successful collegiate chess teams in the country.

Members of the chess team battling it out in a game of chess

About SLU's Chess Team

Established in the fall of 2016 as a partnership between SLU and the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis, with support from SLU alumnus, University trustee and chess enthusiast Rex Sinquefield, the team is not just a club activity but rather a strategic effort by administrators and alumni to recruit promising players and build on the University's excellent academic reputation. 

The team currently has 14 members and recruitment efforts continue through donor-sponsored competitive chess scholarships, which can include room and board, tuition and fees.

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Recent Accomplishments


World Cup Rapid Champions


National Rapid Chess Championship


2022 Pan-American Intercollegiate Champions


National Champions

View inside SLU chess club facility

Saint Louis University Chess Facilities

The chess team is headquartered on the ground floor of Saint Louis University's Morrissey Hall. The recently remodeled space serves as the main training space for the team and allows members open access to analyze the game using two powerful computers. The chess facility also has four DGT electronic chess boards that allow team members to input plays as they study them. Team members also have the option of competing outside the facility in a courtyard specifically dedicated to play.