Gambit

noun.

DEFINITION:

  1. : a chess opening in which a player risks one or more pawns or a minor piece to gain an advantage in position.
  2.  (a) : a remark intended to start a conversation or make a telling point; (b) : a calculated move : STRATEGISM
“Queen’s Gambit is a move in chess where you sacrifice something early on to get something even greater later on.”

Ashley Priore is an American chess player, coach, and the founder, president, and CEO of Queen’s Gambit, a nonprofit that uses chess to empower and educate individuals through playing the game. Popular Pittsburgh had the pleasure of interviewing the Oakland/Shadyside native about Queen’s Gambit.

Q. What is your background?

I knew I wanted to empower women and girls...

Q. Why did you start Queen’s Gambit?

I knew the game could impact so many people across the region...

Q. How and when did Queen’s Gambit begin?

I talked with my mentors in the nonprofit community...

Q. Was it difficult to start Queen’s Gambit?

Starting a nonprofit can be difficult...

Q. Do you have a day job or is Queen’s Gambit it?

I do run another organization...

Q. How did you become interested in chess?

My father taught my siblings and me...

Q. How did playing chess enrich your life?

Chess connects with everything in life...

Q. Do you have any “chess heroes”?

I have two chess heroes...

Q. Are there other organizations like Queen’s Gambit in other cities?

Ours is unique in that we focus on life skills and community building...

Q. What has been the reception from the public to Queen’s Gambit?

Our organization is built on innovative partnerships...

Q. What have been the results of your efforts?

We have impacted the lives of over 2,000 youths...

Q. Is Queen’s Gambit just for children?

We want chess to be as accessible as possible...

Q. I see that you rely on volunteers. How many do you have? And are you looking for more?

We always need support...

Q. What are your hopes for Queen’s Gambit in the future?

I want us to always stay true to our original mission: empowering youth through chess...

 

Written by Janice Lane Palko