Chestertown, MD, January 6, 2003— Washington College's Department of Business Management, Black Student Union, Education Club and Goldstein Program in Public Affairs present “CHESS AND LIFE: PARALLEL LESSONS,” a talk by Eugene Brown, Founder and Director of Washington, DC's Big Chair Chess Club and Deanwood Chess House, Thursday, February 6, 2003, at 7:30 p.m. in the College's Hynson Lounge. The event is free and the public is invited to attend.
At age 56, Eugene “Chess Man” Brown is a grandfather, a real estate agent, a master barber, and a mentor who aims to help inner city youth in Washington, DC avoid the hard lessons that he had to learn. The founder of DC's Big Chair Chess Club and Deanwood Chess House, Brown uses chess to help both children and adults learn life skills for success. The chess club's motto is also Brown's philosophy for life: “Always think before you move.”
Since its founding in 1993, Brown's Big Chair Chess Club has coached groups of students to city and community chess championships over the past seven years. Through chess instruction and playing, Brown and his volunteers teach others to avoid wrong thinking and poor decision-making that lead to problems and learn the methods of right thinking that can lead to their personal success. The Club shows children and adults how to play chess as a method to realize the practical personal and social benefits of concentration, cooperation and planning; critical, strategic, and analytical thinking; and self-discipline.