Alternative Book Group: Birth of the Chess Queen
WednesdayMar 8
Alternative Book Group: Birth of the Chess Queen

World Chess Hall of Fame

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.

World Chess Hall of Fame, 3rd floor


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 chess-inspired 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 are provided. 

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.