9 Queens: Empowerment through Chess

9 Queens is dedicated to empowering individuals and communities through chess by making the game fun, exciting, and accessible.


Girls, Santigold and Chess

January 14, 2013

Watch closely in this new video from Santigold for the HBO series GIRLS,  and you can see real girls playing chess on the streets of New York City.  So important to see this type of girl power in action!

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October Puzzle of the Month

October 17, 2012



In honor of the release of Brooklyn Castle this week, the October puzzle of the month comes from a game between IS 318k teacher Elizabeth Spiegel and former IS 318k student Rochelle Ballantyne. In the position below Elizabeth is playing black.

Can you find a way for black to win a piece?

Bring the solution to this puzzle to our October Family Chess Night and win a prize!









If you haven’t seen the trailer for Brooklyn Castle yet, watch it here.

Categories: Chess Event / Tactics / video / Women in chess

2012 National Chess Day

October 16, 2012

We had a blast celebrating National Chess Day with Bookmans! National Master Amanda Mateer took on 25 people in the simultaneous exhibition- winning 22 games and drawing 3. We also had free chess lessons, face painting and cupcakes for all the participants. Thanks to Jeff Smith for the beautiful photos!


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August 16 Chess Night @ Bookman’s on Ina

July 5, 2012

Can you solve the August puzzle of the month?  Black to move and mate in three.

Bring your solution to Bookman’s on Ina, Thursday August 16, 6:30-8:30 pm and win a prize. Join us for a game of chess. All skill levels and ages welcome. If you want to learn to play we will show you how.

Be cool and take a chance to beat your opponent while beating the heat.  See you there!

Categories: Chess Event

Beating the boys

June 5, 2012

“The first time you stick it to a boy that’s when you really get inspired to get going.”

-St Louis chess coach Carrie Lax

This US Chess Scoop video interviews female chess players and coaches talking about how they learned to play chess, why they love the game, and how we can get more women involved. I love this piece not only because there is a nice plug for our book Play Like A Girl, but also because it features a diverse group of women talking honestly about their experiences in the chess world.

Categories: video / Women in chess

9 Queens gets a makeover

May 31, 2012

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 9Queens.org. 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!


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