Celebrate National Chess Week, Oct. 6–12

It's National Chess Week! Have you decided how you'll celebrate? We have a couple of suggestions . . .

  • Grab a friend and join us at Julius Meinl, 4363 N. Lincoln Ave., for chess and coffee from 7 to 9 PM. We're co-sponsoring Meinl's chess nights on Mondays (except Columbus Day) from now through the holidays. Another Austrian–American import, the world champion Wilhelm Steinitz, once said, "Chess is so inspiring that I do not believe a good player is capable of having an evil thought during the game." We're sure that's doubly true with a mouthful of Opera Torte.

  • If you missed it in the theaters -- or if it made you feel so buoyant, you want to see it again -- the documentary Brooklyn Castle airs tonight on WTTW Channel 11.1 at 10 PM. The story of Brooklyn's I.S. 318 champion chess team and threatened afterschool program airs again on WTTW Create, Channel 11.3, Wednesday at 11:30 PM and on WTTW Prime, Channel 11.2, Friday at 2 PM.

  • Have you been waiting for a good opportunity to teach a friend or a young person to play? What better occasion?

  • Spread the word about the Chicago Chess Center! Do you know someone who's interested in educational, cultural or youth causes? Let us know -- or have them sign up for our mailing list or connect with us on Facebook or Twitter.

Whatever your plans, have a happy and successful National Chess Week!