Alternative Book Group: Birth of the Chess Queen by Marilyn Yalom
Wednesday, March 8, 2017 | $5* | Doors Open 6:00 p.m. | Event 6:30 p.m.
Chess originated in India in the 5th century, and quickly spread
via Islamic conquests in Europe. The game featured generals,
elephants and horses whose names and shapes morphed over
centuries as the game moved through countries and cultures.
Scholar and author Marilyn Yalom makes a case for the
admittance of the queen in the all-male club of chess pieces in an
engaging narrative peppered with period illustrations, historical
trivia, and photographs of antique chess sets. Travel back in
time to 15th Century Europe and discover the forces that helped
create the queen, the most powerful piece on the board.
The Alternative Book Group is dedicated to reading chessinspired
books and exploring their content in unexpected ways.
Join us for a discussion, refreshments, and a hands-on activity
celebrating the queen!
*Admission is free for World Chess Hall of Fame members.
Reservations recommended. Hors d’oeuvres and refreshments
For more information or to reserve a spot please email:
Metered on-street parking is available, as well as paid lots
adjacent to Kingside Diner and at the Schlafly Library.