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Photos from MOCA tournament!

Check out these photos from the 9 Queens and Kings Chess Dia De Los Ninos Chess Tournament at MOCA Tucson. Many thanks to the Downtown Tucson Partnership for sponsoring this year’s tournament. All photos courtesy of Jeff Smith

Chess and Art at MOCA

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“Not all artists are chess players, but all chess players are artists.”

Marcel Duchamp

Celebrate the inextricable relationship between chess and art with 9 Queens! On May 1, 9 Queens will partner with the Museum of Contemporary Art in Tucson and the Downtown Tucson Partnership to present the Dia De Los Ninos 9 Queens and Kings Chess Tournament. This free chess tournament is part of range of family friendly activities held throughout the day in downtown Tucson. Come by the newly renovated MOCA home located at 265 South Church Avenue at 10:00 am to sign in for the tournament or stop by throughout the day for a pick-up game.

Chess Fest Photos

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Thanks to everyone who came out for the 3rd Annual Chess Fest- our largest chess fest to date. Check out these photos courtesy of Ryan Mihalyi.

Bookmans and the Chess Fest Challenge

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Tucsonans: are you interested in chess but never had the opportunity to learn how to play? Curious about trying out the game but nervous you don’t know the rules? No more excuses!!! Do not miss this amazing opportunity to learn how to play at the 3rd Annual Chess Fest from 3-5 pm on April 10 at the Hotel Congress!

Bookmans Chess Passport

Bookmans Chess Passport

This year’s Chess Fest will not only feature free chess lessons, but also provide participants with “chess passports.” Anyone, regardless of age, can come by the Chess Fest, pick up a “passport,” and visit each of the six stations to learn how the pieces move. The first 500 participants to go through all the stations and learn how to play chess will receive a $5 gift certificate from Bookmans!

Bookmans Chess Passport

Bookmans Chess Passport

TheBookmans Chess Passport is just one example of how 9 Queens and Bookmans have partnered to promote chess literacy in Tucson. Thank you again to Bookmans for your ongoing support!

Free Chess Workshop with Elizabeth Vicary

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CHESS MOVIE (working title) from Rescued Media on Vimeo.

Tucson chess players, coaches, parents, teachers and enthusiasts come by Lineweaver Elementary School on Saturday February 20 to meet Elizabeth Vicary- nationally renowned chess teacher from IS 318 Brooklyn and star of the upcoming documentary Chess Movie. Beginning at 12 noon Elizabeth will answer questions and provide information on how to create and sustain your own chess club, regardless of your skill level or experience. For more information email

Chess Fest Poster wins marketing award!

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Lucky us! 9 Queens was selected as one of three nonprofits to benefit from this year’s Battle of the Ads contest hosted by the American Ad Federation of Tucson. We had the privilege of working with a talented team of designers and writers from Madden Media to create the brand new Chess Fest poster for 2010. The poster was presented at a luncheon on January 19 where Madden was honored with the Bull’s Eye Award for Targeted Marketing.

The poster and accompanying postcard are two of my all-time favorite chess posters. The folks at Madden did an amazing job not only capturing the spirit of Chess Fest, but also coming up with creative, fun, and kid-friendly descriptions of event.

Thank you so much to everyone at Madden for the amazing work and to the American AD Federation for this fantastic opportunity!

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. ”