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Tucson Queens Academies

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academylogoLadies of Tucson- ready for some chess in 2010?

9 Queens and Bookmans are gearing up again to provide free chess workshops for women and girls of all ages and abilities!!! Due to increased attendance rates, we are now offering two workshops  (beginners only workshop and an intermediate/advanced workshop) every month. Every workshop will take place at Bookmans on Grant and Campbell.

9 Queens Academy
Intermediate/Advanced Workshops: Jan 24, Feb 21, Mar 21
Beginner Workshops: Feb 7, March 7

Time: 2-4 pm

Location: Bookmans on Grant

For more information email

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. ”