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9th Annual Chess Fest: OFF THE ROOK

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Saturday, April 30th, 2016, 2PM-6PM, at Hotel Congress, 311 E. Congress St., featuring 9 Queens Player of the Year and Women’s Master Candidate Claudia Muñoz. Claudia is the 3rd Highest Rated 18-year-old female in US Chess.

This FREE family chess festival is featuring Beginner Chess Lessons – Passport Tables – Pickup Games – Arts & Crafts – Chess Puzzles – Coaches’ Corner – Human-Sized Chess board – Face Painting – DJs & More!

Additional Guests Include: Hendricks Knight Hawks, Catalina Foothills Chess Team, AZ Sessions.

Wish Come True with the Help of The Connie Hillman Foundation & Paul Gold, thank you!

Dec. 19, 2014 is Bookmans and 9 Queens Friday Family Fun Knight

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Books and chess go together like ketchup and french fries! So what better place to have a Family Fun Knight then at Bookmans Exchange on Speedway! Bring your friends, bring your family, or meet a new friend over a brain stimulating game of chess! Hope to see you there!

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October Puzzle of the Month

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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.

August 16 Chess Night @ Bookman’s on Ina

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!

April Family Chess Night @ Bookman’s on Speedway–Dress for Chess

Can you solve the puzzle for April? Black to move and mate in three.

Win a PRIZE!  Bring your puzzle solution to Bookman’s on Speedway Family Chess Night, 6:30-8:30pm, first Wednesday of every month–this month, April 4–and win a free prize. The whole family, new and experienced players are all invited to join us to play or learn chess.

Dress for chess minding the rules

Maybe the biggest story coming out of the recent European Women’s Individual Chess Championship in Gaziantep,Turkey–other than winner Valentina Gunina also placing first in the blitz–was the announcement of a new dress code.

Internet alerts for women’s chess were blazing with news of the dress code released by the European Chess Union. The story got much media exposure–Time, New York Times, USA Today and the Tucson Citizen among others.

A photo of 9Queen’s co-founder Jennifer Shahade playing chess with a tattooed male opponent (an homage to artist Marcel Duchamp’s famous game), illustrated a number of the news releases.

The irony of the sexually assertive championship’s masthead–a red lipstick with black rook base–and the concurrent dress restrictions, highlights confusions female players face in a game dominated by men and conservative views of current fashion.

Though guidelines for both sexes are described, the news buzz focused on keeping women’s blouses buttoned up and skirts long. Rules describing clothes “coordinated to the outfit” and “a pulled-together, harmonious, complete look with colors, fabrics, shoes and accessories” makes fashion concerns imperative in an otherwise geeky domain. What to wear supersedes which opening to play.

ChessBase News (making the initial report) presented an interview with the ECU general secretary Sava Stoisavljevic about the new rules. Surprisingly, Stoisavljevic described men’s appearance as being more of a problem than women’s. ChessBase followed up the media flurry by interviewing players about the dress code and photographing tournament attire.

9 Queens 5th Annual Chess Fest set for Saturday, May 5

9 Queen’s 5th annual Chess Fest is just around the corner. This year’s free family chess celebration is featuring former World Women’s Champion and Chess Queen Alexandra Kosteniuk. Congratulations go to Grandmaster Kosteniuk for winning silver in the Rapid Championship in Gaziantep, Turkey.

See you May 5 at the Hotel Congress for 9 Queen’s Readymade Chess Fest!

References

2012 European Individual Women’s Chess Championship

Gaziantep: Gunina overtakes Pähtz, wins European Women’s Blitz–ChessBase News

Interview with Sava Stoisavljevic on the dress code–ChessBase News

Chess and cleavage: dress code story in the media–ChessBase News

Postscript

March’s puzzle solution:
1.  . . .      Qxf2+
2.  Rxf2   Re1+
3. Rf1      Rxf1#

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Player Spotlight

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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. ”