9Queens Arrives in Belize

Jean and I arrived in Belize yesterday for an all girls’ chess camp run put on by the Belize National Youth Chess Foundation (BNYCF). 9Queens hooked up with the BNYCF through its founder, Ella Baron who worked with us in New York before abandoning the big city for the jungle. We’re really happy here so far: the scenery is stunning and the girls are super polite and smart.

I will be giving a simultaneous against 20 girls tomorrow so expect more photos and games soon! I hope my opponents are not as merciless as the mosquitos.

The girls at the camp come from all over Belize

Jennifer Shahade a few minutes after arriving at our host for the week, the one-of-a-kind Caves Branch Jungle Lodge

Betty, one of the top students in the camp

Two volunteers from New York led campers through a human knot untying exercise

9Queens co-founder Jean Hoffman, soon after arriving in Belize

Gireesh said,

July 16, 2008 @ 3:27 pm

Wish to join the team work to improve the chess game in my village, request the help to organize events to achieve the goal.

Glorycela Torres said,

July 29, 2008 @ 1:52 am

Dear Jean,
Waiting to hear from you.I attended the coaches camp which I really enjoyed and learnt to master the basics .We were fully engaged in all the prepared activities.
Hoping to start with great enthusiasm when school reopens with your support.
Gods Blessings upon you .

jennifershahade.com » Fear and Fire in Belize said,

August 4, 2008 @ 10:01 pm

[…] of the jungle for talented girls aged 9 to 12, from all over Belize. Read more on the chess camp at 9queens.org, uschess.org and the Belize National Youth Chess Foundation site. Here I am giving a […]

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