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 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. ”

Events / Outreach

Library Chess Tournaments


In partnership with the Pima County Public Library, 9 Queens hosts a series of free, all ages chess tournaments at libraries throughout Pima County. Library tournaments are non-rated and open to everyone.

“Unlike many chess events, 9 Queens Library Tournaments foster a sense of community, and the emphasis is on having fun. As a parent I have often heard myself say, ‘it doesn’t matter whether you win or lose, but how you play the game.’ When we go to a 9 Queens event, we are living that principle. Fun and friendly competition combine with interesting events, ensuring a great family experience. My kids enjoy being able to play with opponents of all ages, in a stress free environment.”

Bridget Thum

Chess player and parent