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


Alexandra Kosteniuk

12th Women’s World Chess Champion

“I make an effort to support organizations like 9 Queens and share their commitment to popularizing chess. Chess Fest will be the second 9 Queens event I have supported and attended. ”



Fourth Friday Family Fun Knight!

6:00pm - 8:00pm | 6230 E Speedway, Tucson, AZ, 85712

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The Knight says… Do you need practice before bringing your best game to ChessFest?  Join us for Fourth Friday Friday Family Fun Knight at Bookman’s on Speedway for a fun evening of chess!  All ages and skill levels are welcome!



7th Annual Chess Fest!

12:00pm - 3:00pm | 311 East Congress Street, Tucson, AZ, 85701
On April 26th, 2014 Hotel Congress will play host to 9 Queens 7th Annual Chess Fest, a community wide celebration with special guest 19 year old Rochelle Ballantyne!  Featured in the inspirational documentary Brooklyn Castle, Rochelle sits on the verge of making history and becoming the first African-American woman to be a chess Master!


“Rochelle is the perfect embodiment of what the 9 Queens Player of the Year Award is about. She represents an individual with incredible passion for the game and someone who has shared her talents with youth in her community. She serves as a fantastic role model for how hard work and dedication pay off, and can ultimately lead someone to achieving their dreams.
- Amanda Mateer Women’s Fide Master and recipient of the 2013 9 Queens Player of the Year Award
You can help to make Chess Fest 2014 a reality by pledging to the FIRST EVER 9 Queens Kickstarter!
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Chess & Brooklyn Castle

11:00am - 2:30pm | 3233 E Speedway Blvd, Tucson, AZ, 85716

Co-presented by the Loft Cinema and 9 Queens, see the inspiring, stand-up-and-cheer documentary BROOKLYN CASTLE Sunday, April 27!

11 AM Chess on the patio

12:00 Brooklyn Castle featuring a post-screening discussion with Brooklyn Castle Star Rochelle Ballantyne!  Tickets can be purchased at the Loft – hope to see you there!




Fourth Friday Family Fun Knight!

6:00pm - 8:00pm | 6230 E Speedway Blvd, Tucson, 85712

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Join us for an evening of chess at our last Fourth Friday Family Fun Knight (before the family chess Knight goes on summer break).  All ages and skill levels are welcome!