In Lewis Carroll's Through the Looking Glass, a chess problem is a guiding narrative structure of the plot. In an episode of The West Wing, the intricate chess games that President Jed Bartlet plays with Sam and Toby mirror the subtle diplomatic game he is playing with the Chinese government. Chess is a game of intellect and sophistication, and those who fancy themselves intellectual and sophisticated really should know how to play the game.
If your life achievements thus far do not include chess mastery, fear not. There is an opportunity to correct that. Tonight, at the Hudson Opera House, Chris Chanin will conduct a one-session introductory chess workshop just for adults, and it is free. The workshop begins at 7 p.m. and runs until 9 p.m. There is still time to register by calling (518) 822-1438 or sending an email.