Glasgow Dukes Umbrella hosts Queen’s Gambit-inspired chess club

We’re sure we can’t be the only ones who commanded an impulse chess board after seeing Netflix hit The Queen’s Gambit last year.

Now is the time to put these honed lockdown skills to the test at Duke’s Umbrella as they start ‘The Duke’s Gambit Chess Club’ with Glasgow University Chess Club.

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The event will take place on the last Monday of each month, starting tonight, October 25 at 7 p.m., with fellow students and chess enthusiasts all invited to the Argyle Street Gastropub for some friendly competition.

Pictured: Students and chess fans alike are invited to participate in The Duke’s Umbrella

Craig McKay, Managing Director of The Duke’s Umbrella said: “Fall and winter nights at Duke’s Umbrella mean that guests can enjoy warm and comfortable hospitality and a game of chess once a month. With special offers, we look forward to welcoming students as well as chess fans ”

Expect plenty of special dishes and drinks to savor as you brainstorm your strategies like the ‘Pawn Star Martini’ or a seasonal pie and a pint of draft beer for £ 15.

Glasgow Times: Pictured: Special food and drink will be offered at the eventPictured: Special food and drinks will be offered during the event

In keeping with the bar’s signature flair and attention to detail, The Duke’s Umbrella will use a special 3D chess set that features some iconic Glasgow locations and sites including Glasgow University, Armadillo, Finnieston Crane and the statue of the Duke of Wellington.

Glasgow Times: Pictured: The Clydeside chess set was designed by two Glasgow University graduatesPictured: The Clydeside chess set was designed by two Glasgow University graduates

The impressive Clydeside chess set was designed and manufactured by two Glasgow-based product design engineering graduates, Alex Duff and Michael O’Donnell, who met at the University of Glasgow.

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Emma Poliakova from Glasgow University Chess Club said: It’s amazing to see so many people take an interest in chess again, so many new members have joined the club this semester, many of whom started playing online during the lockdown and were inspired by the Queen’s Gambit series.

“Duke’s Umbrella Chess Club is an incredible opportunity to improve or learn chess skills, as there will be a wide variety of opponents for all levels of play, from beginners to experienced tournament players!”

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