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. ”

Learn to Play

 

We love chess and we think everyone –
yes everyone – can learn something from the game. Whether you are a total newbie to the game, a wannabe Bobby Fischer, or a closeted chess player who barely remembers the rules, we want you to play chess with us!

If you don’t know how to play chess, it is easy to learn. Below is the famous 8 Queens Puzzle, which is challenging for beginners and serious chess players as well. If you don’t know how the queen moves, check out this sample lesson from our 9 Queens Passport, an instructional booklet that teaches you everything you need to know to become a beginner player.

How the Queen Moves how queen moves In chess the queen is the most powerful piece on the board. She can move up and down, side to side, and diagonally, as many squares as she wants.
Queen Puzzle

The 8 Queens
Puzzle

The eight queens puzzle is the problem of placing eight chess queens on the chessboard so that no two queens attack each other.

Fun Fact:
There are actually 92 different solutions to this puzzle. To check your answer and see all the possible solutions

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Queen Puzzle

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To see 91 other possible solutions Click Here

Activity Queen Activity

Can you identify all the pieces that the red queen can capture in this position?

Hint: the queen cannot jump over pieces and has to move in a straight line.

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Activity Solution

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