Posts Tagged ‘chess’

9 Queens gets a makeover

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After spending five years working to change the face of chess, we finally decided it was time to treat ourselves…to a total website makeover! For the past six months, we have been working with Dennis Fesenmyer from Fezlab and Ian Johnson from MoiaGroup to redesign We are thrilled to launch the new site and pretty proud of our new duds. In addition to the spiffy new design, there are a couple of features we created specifically for the 9 Queens community.


They include:

Calendar This is your place to find upcoming 9 Queens events and workshops.

Learn to Play  Features a preview of the 9 Queens passport. This soon to be released booklet is your guide to learning how to play chess quickly and painlessly.

Success Stories and Player Profiles 9 Queens chess players around the country tell us why they like chess. If you have a quote about chess and want to be featured on our website, email us!


Many thanks to Ian and Dennis for all their hard work and beautiful design. We hope you like the site as much as we do. Let us know what you think!


Bookmans and the Chess Fest Challenge

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Tucsonans: are you interested in chess but never had the opportunity to learn how to play? Curious about trying out the game but nervous you don’t know the rules? No more excuses!!! Do not miss this amazing opportunity to learn how to play at the 3rd Annual Chess Fest from 3-5 pm on April 10 at the Hotel Congress!

Bookmans Chess Passport

Bookmans Chess Passport

This year’s Chess Fest will not only feature free chess lessons, but also provide participants with “chess passports.” Anyone, regardless of age, can come by the Chess Fest, pick up a “passport,” and visit each of the six stations to learn how the pieces move. The first 500 participants to go through all the stations and learn how to play chess will receive a $5 gift certificate from Bookmans!

Bookmans Chess Passport

Bookmans Chess Passport

TheBookmans Chess Passport is just one example of how 9 Queens and Bookmans have partnered to promote chess literacy in Tucson. Thank you again to Bookmans for your ongoing support!

Tucson Ladies Defy National Trends

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Corazon at the 2nd Annual 9 Queens Library Tournament. Photo courtesy Jeff Smith
Corazon at the 2nd Annual 9 Queens Library Tournament. Photo courtesy Jeff Smith

Last week I was looking through the results from our August 10th Library Tournament when I noticed that exactly 50% of the players in the Rookie Section were female! This is a huge leap from last year’s tournament, where women made up less than ten percent of the players. Now we still have some work to do in the Championship section (only three girls played in that section this year), but this is exciting news especially when compared to national trends where women make up around 10% of tournament players.

As we approach the one year anniversary of our monthly 9 Queens Academies in Tucson, congrats to all the Tucson women and girls who have participated in 9 Queens events over the last year. Can’t wait to see you all at the All Queens Chess Day.

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. ”