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. ”


Off The Rook!!! 9 Queens 9th Annual Chess Fest



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, music and a giant chess match played on a life-size board. This year we are pleased to have FIDE Woman Candidate Master Claudia Muñoz as our special guest! 25 guests will have the opportunity to play Claudia in a simultaneous exhibition game inside of the Historic Hotel Congress. To see photos from previous Chess Fests please visit our media library.



Claudia Muñoz credits her success to “Persistence”,Tenacity, and Discipline”, qualities that have earned her numerous accolades on both the National and International chess scene.

2014 US Junior Girls Champion and Woman  Candidate Master Claudia Muñoz.

2014 US Junior Girls Champion and Woman Candidate Master Claudia Muñoz.