In August of 2008, 9 Queens launched the Tucson Queens Initiative as part of our ongoing effort to empower women and girls through chess. Thanks to generous support from Bookmans, we currently offer a series of monthly, free chess workshops and events for female chess players of all ages and ability. Participants range from first graders to adults in age, from beginners to tournament players in ability, and from students to teachers in experience level. These events encourage girls and women by teaching them about the history of the top women players and showing their games. 9 Queens Girls’ Academy workshops offer quality chess instruction, support female chess players, and create a supportive chess community for women.
In October 2007, Jennifer Shahade and Jean Hoffman held the first 9 Queens Girls’ Academy in Philadelphia. Over a dozen female chess players of all ages came out to hone their skills. The program continues in conjunction with After Schools Activities Partnership (ASAP).
For information on upcoming 9 Queens Academies and events, please visit our blog.