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. ”

Get Involved

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The success of 9 Queens speaks not only to the strength of our organization but also to the need for our programs. Since launching our programs, principals, teachers, and parents throughout the country have contacted 9 Queens in need of our support. Currently there are over 25 schools, libraries and after-school centers on the 9 Queens waiting list.

Now, more than ever, 9 Queens needs your support. Your generous tax-deductible contribution to 9 Queens will provide necessary resources that go directly to our programming. Make the most of your year-end giving and impact the lives of those individuals who would benefit most by your financial support of 9 Queens. Your tax deductible donation

  • can sponsor a two-hour after-school chess club for 30 students from a low-income public school.
  • can provide a child with a year of chess instruction.
  • can provide chess instruction to teach 40 girls how to play chess.
  • can sponsor a semester of in-school chess instruction for an entire second grade classroom.
  • can sponsor a year of in-school chess instruction for an entire classroom of students in a low-income public school.
  • can provide a low-income public school with a year of quality after-school chess programming.

Donate by mail

To mail tax-deductible donations to 9 Queens,
please write checks payable to: 9 Queens. Send your check to:

9 Queens
2200 E. Speedway
# 41838
Tucson, AZ 85717

Donate Online

Click here to make a safe, secure and tax-deductible donation online today.

Contribute in-kind

In addition to providing financial support, you can also help 9 queens promote chess by contributing in-kind donations. If you have materials or services you think would be of use, please email Vicki Lázaro for more information.


To learn more volunteer opportunities with 9 Queens, email Kendra Cass.