Archive for the ‘Player Spotlight’ Category

Alexandra Kosteniuk

“I make an effort to support organizations like 9 Queens and share their commitment to popularizing chess. Chess Fest will be the second 9 Queens event I have supported and attended. ”


“I think chess is a learning strategy. It takes skills, patience, concentration and discipline.”


“Chess helps me in a lot of ways. It helps me think faster in my math time test. Ever since I started playing chess I have learned how to make the right choices.”


“I think it is important for us to have chess because it will help us to learn how to focus and be a good thinker and help us be quiet”

Basil Denboer

“Chess is really fun. I like it because it is like a video game for my mind.”


“Thank you for teaching us chess. I like chess now because it is fun and I like it when we think”

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. ”