9 Queens Knockout Invitational




On July 5, 2008, 9 Queens will partner with Wu-Tang producer RZA aka Bobby Digital and WuChess, and the Hip Hop Chess Federation to host the 9 Queens Knockout Invitational- a chess, art and music exhibition at the Chelsea Art Museum from 3-6 pm. This nontraditional chess tournament will feature an all-star roster of hip-hop legends and inspirational chess figures to empower youth through chess. In addition to RZA, this event will also feature:

  • DJ Kevvy Kev- host of the world’s longest running hip-hop radio show
  • Jay Smooth- host of illdoctrine and the longest running hip-hop radio show in New York City
  • Maurice Ashley- world’s first African American International Chess Grandmaster
  • Pascal Charbonneau- Grandmaster and two-time Canadian Champion
  • Irina Krush- International Master and top board for the American women’s Olympic team
  • Jennifer Shahade- 9queens co-founder and two-time American Women’s Chess Champion
  • Youth female chess players from Intermediate School 318 Brooklyn, long running national chess champions.
  • Luxury chess sets provided by TheChessPiece.com

The female scholastic national champions will partner with the hip hop celebrities to serve as an all-star team in a knockout chess tournament.

For more information on email Jean Hoffman at jhoffman@9queens.org.