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Photos from Sky Cafe Chess!

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Check out the beautiful photos courtesy of Jeff Smith from our event with the Youth Volunteer Corps of Southern Arizona at Sky Cafe in Tucson.

Photos from MOCA tournament!

Check out these photos from the 9 Queens and Kings Chess Dia De Los Ninos Chess Tournament at MOCA Tucson. Many thanks to the Downtown Tucson Partnership for sponsoring this year’s tournament. All photos courtesy of Jeff Smith

Chess Fest Photos

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Thanks to everyone who came out for the 3rd Annual Chess Fest- our largest chess fest to date. Check out these photos courtesy of Ryan Mihalyi.

Charlotte Girls Academy Pics

imani noelle and kiley

This Girls Academy we discussed the U.S. Women’s Champion Anna Zatonskih and analyzed her 3rd round game against superstar Irina Krush. We learned about pins, discovered attacks, good and bad bishops, and practiced good opening strategy (CDC) and mating attacks.

playing with confidence

sometimes it's a rainbow!

Then girls each played a game against some one they have never played before, and I was very impressed with how well they were focussing!

london concentrating
girls academy 11-21 playing

They practiced shielding their eyes from distraction like the Champion Anna. See below for some pics of the girls concentrating on their boards.
an intense match

To see the game, click here:

(Analyzed by Ben Finegold and Chris Bird.)

Concentrating hard

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Photos from All Queens Chess Day

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Check out Jeff Smith’s gorgeous photo collection from All Queens Chess Day on October 18, 2009 at Bookmans on Speedway. You can see more of Jeff’s photos at his website Many thanks to Jeff for taking these photos and to Bookmans for sponsoring the event!

Library Tournament Photos

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All photos courtesy Jeff Smith

Over 50 chess players participated in our largest 9 Queens Library Tournament at the Joel D. Valdez Public Library on Sunday. Many thanks to everyone at the library for all their help and to Jeff Smith for the photos!

9 Queens: Empowerment through Chess

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

Player Spotlight


Varga Luna

(playing for 4 years)

“I became interested in chess when I was about four. I like chess bc you get to have fun and learn some things. You get to be more patient. You get to focus and concentrate. ”