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Teacher Training Workshop

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Are you interested in teaching chess? Good news! You don’t need to be Bobby Fischer to be an effective chess teacher or coach. 9 Queens is offering a free training seminar for anyone interested starting a chess club, working as a chess instructor or developing chess teaching skills.

Date: January 28, 2012

Time: 10 am – 2:30 pm (30 minute lunch break)

Place: Tucson Main Library, 101 N. Stone

Topics to be covered include:

  • Planning a lesson
  • Teaching strategies for instructors with limited chess experience
  • How to keep students engaged
  • Teaching the basics of chess
  • Hands on exercises
  • Making chess fun

9 Queens is a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to extending the benefits of chess to under-served and under-represented populations.  If you would like to attend this seminar, please send an email to You must pre-register to attend; space is limited.

Wizard Chess this Saturday!

We are so excited about the Harry and the Potters Live event coming up this Saturday. June 11 at the Hotel Congress as part of the 2nd Saturdays in Downtown Tucson. All of our favorite community partners will be there including Bookmans, Mrs Tiggy Winkles and the Pima County Public Library. Be sure to visit us and play some wizard chess with pieces dressed as characters from the movie.

Check out this Battle of the Hogwarts guide to the game courtesy of 9 Queens youth board member Yurika Isoe!

The Order of the Pheonix (White)Harry and the Potters Concert Poster

  • King: Spirit of Dumbledore
  • Queen: Minerva McGonagall
  • Knight 1: Hermione Granger
  • Knight 2: Remus Lupin
  • Bishop 1: Ron Weasley
  • Bishop 2: Nymphadora Tonks
  • Rook 1: Harry Potter
  • Rook 2: Fred Weasley
  • Pawns: House Elves

Death Eaters (Black)

  • King: Voldemort
  • Queen: Bellatrix Lestrange
  • Knight 1: Draco Malfoy
  • Knight 2: Antonin Dolohov
  • Bishop 1: Fenrir Greyback
  • Bishop 2: Walden Macnair
  • Rook 1: Augustus Rookwood
  • Rook 2: Thorfinn Rowle
  • Pawns: Dementor

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. ”