The Madwoman's Book Club

madwomanbookclub with Queen of Katwe, featuring Phiona Mutesi

Welcome to the Madwoman's book club, as featured in the New York Times and Vanity Fair

This thinking woman's book club will provide a forum for adult women (18+) to socialize over a book related to chess or intellectual discovery. No technical chess knowledge required. 

The club name is inspired by the history of the chess queen, once the weakest piece on the board. Around 1500, she became the powerhouse we know now. That game was at first derided as "the madwoman's chess game", but now it is just known as chess. 

Our first session covered the book that was adapted into a hit Netflix Series, the Queen's Gambit by Walter Tevis. 

The sessions will last 90 minutes and also feature occasional guests, mini-chess lessons and more. They are co-hosted by Women's committee chair Adia Onyango and Women's Program Director Jennifer Shahade. We also offer adult women beginner classes for US Chess Members. 

Our next session is on February 26th when we'll discuss  The Queen of Katwe by Tim Crothers. Sign up for that session here.

Sign up for the general club list to get call in credentials and future updates here:

Previous Sessions: 

January 22: Mind and Matter: A life in Math and Football 

December 18th: Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock's Holmes by Maria Konnikova

November 13th, The Queen's Gambit by Walter Tevis 

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