Posts Tagged ‘Events’

Dec 20 Tucson Queens Academy

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Women’s World Chess Champ Alexandra Kosteniuk to attend 9 Queens Academy!!!!

PLEASE NOTE: In order to accommodate Ms. Kosteniuk’s visit there have been a couple of important scheduling and venue changes:

  • The 9 Queens Academy will be now be held at the Parasol Project Arts Space (located at 299 Park Avenue) from 2-4 pm on Sunday Dec 20, 2009.
  • Immediately following the Queens Academy, from 4-7 pm  at MAST (a new boutique located directly next door to Parasol Projects), 9 Queens will host a reception and simultaneous chess exhibit featuring Ms. Kosteniuk.
  • All activities will be open to all chess enthusiasts (men and women) of all ages and abilities.

On December 20, 2009, as part of her national goodwill tour to promote the benefits of chess, Ms. Kosteniuk will fly to Tucson, Arizona to promote the benefits of chess. From 2-4 pm at the Parasol Project Arts Space (299 S Park Avenue), Ms. Kosteniuk will answer questions from participants in the 9 Queens Academy and read from her new book “Diary of a Chess Queen.”  Immediately following the Queens Academy, 9 Queens will host a reception and simultaneous chess exhibit at MAST a new boutique located next door to Parasol Project.  During the simultaneous chess exhibit, Ms. Kosteniuk will play up to 50 chess players at the same time.

In addition to to serving as the current Women’s World Chess Champion, Ms. Kosteniuk, also serves as the co-chair for the World Chess Federation’s Commission for Womens Chess. Ms Kosteniuk
is also a notable chess celebrity and widely regarded as the most popular chess player in the world. Known for the mantra “Chess is Cool,” Kosteniuk was recently voted the most influential chess player on Twitter.

Photos from All Queens Chess Day

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Check out Jeff Smith’s gorgeous photo collection from All Queens Chess Day on October 18, 2009 at Bookmans on Speedway. You can see more of Jeff’s photos at his website Many thanks to Jeff for taking these photos and to Bookmans for sponsoring the event!

Pizza, chess and books on November 21

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Woohoo! Many thanks to Brooklyn Pizza for generously donating lunch for all participants for the 9 Queens and Kings Southside Library Chess Championship on November 21 at Valencia Library. As if you needed another reason to play in the tournament, now all participants can enjoy free Brooklyn Pizza for lunch.

HHCF All Queens Panel

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Yesterday I had the privilege of participating in the Hip Hop Chess Federation All Queens Life Strategies Panel at O’Connell High School in San Francisco. The panel included a dynamic group of women including Stanford Professor and Birth of the Chess Queen author Marilyn Yalom, hip hop duo Conscious Daughters, MC Melina, and DJ Pam the Funktress. What blew me away about this experience was how much the participants had in common, in spite of their diverse backgrounds and experiences. The panel discussion was led by the Hip Hip Chess Federation Director of Communication Meko Snyder. Meko did a fantastic job connecting Dr. Yalom’s insights about the history of the chess queen, with some of the personal experiences of other members of the panel. Stay tuned for photos and videos from this amazing event!

Summer Events Wrap-up

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 Many thanks to everyone who made it out to the 9 Queens/WuChess events this summer. Read more about the 9 Queens Knockout Invitational here. Special thanks go out Dandee, Patrick, Selena and Erin from WuChess, Jennifer Shahade, Adisa and Meko from the Hip Hop Chess Federation,  Maurice Ashley, Sean Farrell, Ben Eppley, Eric Rice, Mike Shahade, Pascal Charbonneau for volunteering their time throughout the events. 9 Queens also wants to thank for donating delicious birthday cake,  sake2me for sending sake for the event, and  special thanks to who donated custom designed chess sets for the 9 Queens Knockout Tournament. along with 9 Queens and the Hip Hop Chess Federation presented RZA with a special birthday present:  the world’s first triple decker chess set. More videos and pictures to come but for now check out RZA, Jennifer Shahade, Irina Krush, and’s Jay Smooth playing on the luxury sets provided by




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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. ”