“Not all artists are chess players, but all chess players are artists.”
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.
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
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
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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!
On Sunday, December 20, 9 Queens was thrilled to host reigning Women’s World Chess Champion Alexandra Kosteniuk at our December Queens Academy. Grandmaster Kosteniuk selected 9 Queens as the only chess program in the country to honor as part of her holiday goodwill tour. After flying to Tucson on an early morning flight from Miami, Ms. Kosteniuk answered questions, signed autographs and gave a free simultaneous chess exhibit for 34 lucky chess enthusiasts. The event attracted close to 200 Tucsonans of all ages to meet the chess champion and celebrate empowerment through chess. The simul lasted 2 and a half hours; although Alexandra didn’t lose a single game, four talented participants were able to draw the World Champion (visit Alexandra’s blog post to see her take on a game with Bryan Hu or Chess Life Online for another game with Ann Price).
Organized in less than week, the event was a huge success thanks to all the tremendous support from local businesses, volunteers and sponsors. First and foremost,we are incredibly grateful to Alexandra, the brainchild of this amazing and innovative charitable act. Given how stressful the holidays are in general, it was inspiring to witness someone dedicate so much of their time towards promoting chess. Special thanks to our sponsors including Alan Anderson of Checkm8Chess and Dr. Norm Saba for generously paying for Alexandra’s airfare, the Arizona Inn for donated her hotel room, Maynard’s Market for the gift basket, Bline Restaurant for the delicious cupcakes, and Cafe A La Cart for the ever popular mushroom pizza. We also want to thank BPM Solutions, Trisa and Andy Schorr, Paul Gold and Sam Ireland for helping underwrite all additional costs.
I also want to personally thank all the 9 Queens board members and volunteers for all the hours spent planning for the event including: Lorelei Francis-Anderson, Leo Martinez, Jeff Smith (our talented 9 Queens photographer responsible for beautiful images from the event), David Correa, Minette Burges, Vicki Lazaro (who designed all of the placards and posters on a short timeline), Ann Price, Sean Higgins, Vaishnav Arudyhula, Amanda Mateer (who came down on her birthday!), Jenelle Wallace, Quinta Peterson, Tom Michaud, Michelle Hotchkiss, Margo Burwell, James Grip, Eli Alster, Jacqui De Sa, Sam Hoffman, Bitty Rosenberg, Rick Hoffman and Christopher Rosenberg.