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Philadelphia 9 Queens Academy features X Chess & Blitz

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For the last four years, 9 Queens has partnered with Philadelphia non-profit ASAP (After Schools Actvities Partnerships) to host 9 Queens all girls chess academies led by co-founder Jennifer Shahade. The latest edition on February 11th featured a lecture by Jennifer on openings, a blitz tournament and a screening of the second episode of the Extreme “X Chess” Championships. Zayonna Brown won the blitz tournament with a perfect 3-0 score and won the first place medal and a copy of Play Like a Girl!

The Extreme Chess Championships is a made for TV single-elimination knockout that showcases the drama of chess competition and the diversity of its top practitioners. Watch the “Battle of the Sexes” episode below, which features Philly based law student and chess master Alisa Melekhina, who also teaches at 9 Queens academies.


9 Queens is the fiscal sponsor of X Chess.

December Family Chess Night @ Bookman’s features Judit Polgár

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December’s puzzle is taken from a game won by Judit Polgár. White to move and mate in three moves.

Bring your puzzle solution to Bookman’s on Speedway Family Chess Night, 6:30-8:30pm, first Wednesday of every month–in December, Wednesday the 7th–and win a free prize.

The whole family, new and experienced players are all invited to join us to play chess.

Judit Polgár: World’s Greatest Female Chess Player

Judit Polgár was born in 1976, Budapest, Hungary. Her father trained Judit and her sisters, Susan and Sofia, to be chess prodigies. Laszlo Polgár’s belief that “geniuses are made, not born” was tested and proven by his daughters, two chess grandmasters and one international master.

Judit Polgár 2008

Judit became grandmaster in 1991 at the age of 15, beating Bobby Fischer’s record by a month. She is the only woman to enter the World’s Top Ten Chess Players. She has defeated nine Men’s World Champions. Polgár seldom plays in women-only chess events. “I always say that women should have the self-confidence that they are as good as male players,” she said.

Former world champion Garry Kasparov has written, “if to ‘play like a girl’ meant anything in chess, it would mean relentless aggression.” Judit’s style promotes aggressive openings and play. She excels in tactics by maximizing the initiative and developing complication.

Former US Champion Joel Benjamin describing Polgár–”it was all-out war for five hours. I was totally exhausted. She is a tiger at the chess board. She absolutely has a killer instinct. You make one mistake and she goes right for the throat.”

The debate over female chess capability may continue but Polgár’s aggressive style and accomplishments disprove the argument that in chess, women lack the patricidal urge.

Putting the title “strongest woman player ever in chess” to test, Polgár, as a mother of two, has said, that a chess tournament now “feels like a vacation.”

More about great chess moms in puzzles to come.

Reference

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Judit_Polgar

Photo credit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Judit_Polgar.jpg

Postscript

November’s Bobby Fischer puzzle solution

1. Rxf8+  Kxf8  2. Qd8+  Ne8  3. Qe7+ (or Be7+)  Kg8 4. Qxe8#

2nd Annual All Queens Chess Day

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Save the date- 9 Queens is partnering with Bookmans, the Sahuaro Girl Scout Council and CIty Council Member Regina Romero to host the 2nd Annual All Queens Chess day on October 9, 2010.

Tucson Queens Academies

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We have upcoming 9 Queens Academies on July 25, August 29, and September 26! See the flier below for more information.

July Queens Academy

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Hey ladies: join 9 Queens and Bookmans at the Bookmans Low Lounge in the Girl Scout Resource Center on July 25 from 2-4 for free chess lessons. Women and girls of all ages and abilities are welcome to attend. This month intermediate and advanced players will be reviewing positions from the recent US Women’s Chess Championship in St. Louis. Beginners will play pawn and rook games while reviewing the rules and basic strategies. For more information email jhoffman@www.9queens.org.

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

Alexandra

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. ”