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RZA aka Bobby Digital

“Chess is a game that has been played for 1,500 years. The reason why me and my other Wu-Tang brothers got involved with chess is because we learned in our community a lot of people don’t look before they leap.”

Cepheus M

Chess is a great thing, it helps me emotionally, mentally and physically. I have made lifelong friends in the game of chess. I have learned that chess does not care if you are black, white or Mexican, poor, rich or middle class. It matters that you love the game.

Marcia L

To me, chess is a fun sport that anyone can play. It is not like other sports because it tests your mind, not your physical ability; so,an eight year-old could play a 40 year-old. It is one of few games that luck isn’t  involved in. It is based completely on skill.  It is important to me because it teaches people to think ahead. Chess is kind of like a war game because you are trying to take pieces so you can capture the king

Varga Luna

“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. ”

9 Queens: Empowerment through Chess

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

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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. ”