News Release: Wednesday May 4th
Chess Class @MetroWines
MetroWines announces chess class with Paul Judd Pires @MetroWines starting Tuesday, June 7th. Class will be held every Tuesday from 2 to 3:30. $10 at the door. Join us to learn this great game of strategy that teaches skills applicable on and off the board!
Please call to reserve a seat. To provide individual attention, class size will be limited. While we will have some boards available, students are encouraged to bring their own boards. No membership required. No experience necessary. No obligation.
Class will be lead by accomplished chess player Paul Judd Pires. A British American chess teacher, commentator, live streamer and tournament organizer, Paul attended Appalachian State University. While a student there, Paul organized the first ever Boone Open Chess Tournament in 2003. President of the University Chess Club and mentor to many students around campus, Paul never left the house without a chess board!
"Chess is for everybody," says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines. "We really want to especially encourage women to join the class!"
Chess is believed to have originated in India some time before the 7th century. The chess pieces took on their current powers in Spain in the late 15th century with the rules being standardized in the 19th century. Each player begins the game with 16 pieces: one king, one queen, two rooks, two knights, two bishops and eight pawns. Each piece moves differently. The object is to "checkmate" the opponent's king by placing the piece in an inescapable threat of capture.
Although considered a masculine game throughout history, women always played chess and got some good press in the painting "The Chess Game" by Sofonisba Anguissola in 1555. Many scholars have said the painting is meant as a metaphor to reinforce the intelligence and strategic skills of women.
"The Chess Game"
Paul Judd Pries
Contact: Gina Trippi
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