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. ”

Events / Outreach

Annual Chess Fest



©Jeff Smith www.jeffsmithusa.com

©Jeff Smith www.jeffsmithusa.com


Chess Fest is an annual, family chess festival held in the heart of downtown Tucson at the Hotel Congress. In contrast to traditional chess tournaments and events, the Chess Fest has something for everyone, regardless of age or chess experience. Activities include: beginner chess lessons, pick-up chess games, face painting, chess simultaneous exhibits, and a giant chess match played on a life-size board. To see photos from previous Chess Fests please visit our media library.

©Jeff Smith www.jeffsmithusa.com

©Jeff Smith www.jeffsmithusa.com

“I visited the 9 Queens Chess Fest. There were lots of chess activities for kids and grown-ups, it was one of the best chess promotion events I’ve ever been to! I was able to meet a lot of new chess friends, play a simul against 40 players.Thanks again to 9 Queens, Jean Hoffman and all the volunteers and sponsors for creating the best possible chess promotion in Tucson, Arizona. It’s an example to be followed all around the world!”

Alexandra Kosteniuk

12th Women’s World Chess Champion