9 Queens: Empowerment through Chess

9 Queens is dedicated to empowering individuals and communities through chess by making the game fun, exciting, and accessible.


July Family Chess Night at Bookmans

June 14, 2011

Join 9 Queens on July 6 from 7-9 at the Bookmans on Speedway for Family Chess Night- an evening filled of chess, puzzles and fun. This July’s puzzle of the month is a puzzle taken from one of former World Chess Champion Bobby Fischer’s games. Can you find a way for white to checkmate black in five moves? Bring the solution to Family Chess Night and receive a prize!

Bobby Fischer is the subject of a new documentary from HBO- have you seen the previews or watched the documentary yet?

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Wizard Chess this Saturday!

June 8, 2011

We are so excited about the Harry and the Potters Live event coming up this Saturday. June 11 at the Hotel Congress as part of the 2nd Saturdays in Downtown Tucson. All of our favorite community partners will be there including Bookmans, Mrs Tiggy Winkles and the Pima County Public Library. Be sure to visit us and play some wizard chess with pieces dressed as characters from the movie.

Check out this Battle of the Hogwarts guide to the game courtesy of 9 Queens youth board member Yurika Isoe!

The Order of the Pheonix (White)Harry and the Potters Concert Poster

  • King: Spirit of Dumbledore
  • Queen: Minerva McGonagall
  • Knight 1: Hermione Granger
  • Knight 2: Remus Lupin
  • Bishop 1: Ron Weasley
  • Bishop 2: Nymphadora Tonks
  • Rook 1: Harry Potter
  • Rook 2: Fred Weasley
  • Pawns: House Elves

Death Eaters (Black)

  • King: Voldemort
  • Queen: Bellatrix Lestrange
  • Knight 1: Draco Malfoy
  • Knight 2: Antonin Dolohov
  • Bishop 1: Fenrir Greyback
  • Bishop 2: Walden Macnair
  • Rook 1: Augustus Rookwood
  • Rook 2: Thorfinn Rowle
  • Pawns: Dementor

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Chess Fest 2011 Photos

May 29, 2011

Check out these beautiful photos of the 4th Annual Chess Fest. All photos are courtesy of Jeff Smith. Visit his website at www.jeffsmithusa.com.

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Harry and the Potters LIVE in Tucson

May 20, 2011

Join 9 Queens, Bookmans, Mrs. Tiggy Winkles Toys, and the Pima County Public Library on June 11 at the Hotel Congress for a live concert from Harry and the Potters and wizard chess on a life-size board! All events are free and part of the Second Saturdays Series in Downtown Tucson.

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June Family Chess Night at Bookmans

Join us on June 1, from 7-9 pm at the Bookmans on Speedway and Wilmot for chess puzzles, pick up games, and prizes. Solve the puzzle of the month and win a free prize! In honor of this month’s upcoming Harry Potter event, we have a puzzle from the “Wizard of Chess” Mikhail Tal. Can you find the winning combination for white to move in the puzzle below?

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May Family Chess Night

April 28, 2011

Join us on Wednesday, May 4 from 7-9 pm for another free family chess night at Bookmans on Speedway and Wilmot. There will be pick up games, lessons, and prizes for anyone who can solve the puzzle of the month. This month’s puzzle is called the “Gentle Bishop” puzzle. The object is to place 14 bishops on the board at the same time so that no two bishops attack each other. Bring the solution on Wednesday and win a prize!

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