Posts Tagged ‘Women in chess’

Beating the boys

“The first time you stick it to a boy that’s when you really get inspired to get going.”

-St Louis chess coach Carrie Lax

This US Chess Scoop video interviews female chess players and coaches talking about how they learned to play chess, why they love the game, and how we can get more women involved. I love this piece not only because there is a nice plug for our book Play Like A Girl, but also because it features a diverse group of women talking honestly about their experiences in the chess world.

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.

Fighting Chess Award

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In celebration of the 2010 U.S. Women’s Chess Championship, the nonprofit organization 9 Queens is partnering with Goddesschess to award $1000 to the winner of the “Fighting Chess” award. Grandmaster Alexandra Kosteniuk, reigning Women’s World Chess Champion, will select the prizewinner whose performance in the U.S. Women’s Chess Championship exudes determination, confidence and character under pressure. The prize will be announced on July 20th during the tournament awards ceremony at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis.

“I’m so glad that 9 Queens and Goddesschess are promoting and celebrating fighting spirit among female chess players, and look forward to enjoying the beautiful and skillful display of chess mastery at the US Women’s Chess Championships,” said Grandmaster Kosteniuk.

Both 9 Queens and Goddesschess are organizations dedicated to encouraging more women and girls to play chess. Since 2007, Goddesschess has been awarding prizes to players in the U.S. Women’s Chess Championship. Last year Anna Zatonskih won the Fighting Chess Award for her commitment to keep fighting even after she clinched the tournament with her astounding 8.5/9 score.

“As part of Goddesschess’ commitment to encouraging more girls and women to play chess, we are extremely pleased in 2010 to partner with 9 Queens to sponsor a Fighting Chess Award of $1,000, the largest award yet, in keeping with the prestige of this event,” explained Jan Newton official spokesperson from Goddesschess.

In addition to the Fighting Chess Award, 9 Queens will also award a $400 scholarship to the best performing student under 25 in the tournament. The US Women’s Chess Championship is taking place July 9-19 at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis. Visit uschesschamps.com for more details, and to listen daily to live commentary by GM Ben Finegold and 9 Queens co-founder Jen Shahade.

Congrats Amanda!

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9 Queens instructor Amanda Mateer earned her first WIM norm at the Philadelphia Open. Watch this video on her victories.

Ladies checkmate challenge!

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Don’t miss a very special 9 Queens Academy on June 27 from 2-4 at the Girl Scout Resource Center. This month 9 Queens is hosting a checkmate challenge (with prizes) for female chess players of all ages and abilities. Beginners welcome! Many thanks to Bookmans for sponsoring our 9 Queens Academy series and to the Sahuaro Girl Scouts for hosting the event.

Deadly Decoys this Sunday

Reminder: do not miss the 9 Queens Ladies Chess Academy this Sunday, May 23 from 2-4 pm at the Bookmans Low Lounge in the Girl Scout Resource Center!!! This month National Master Leo Martinez will be teaching advanced players how to create deadly decoys to distract their opponents. Beginners will learn the king and queen dance while going over how all the pieces move. This free workshop is generously sponsored by Bookmans.

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9 Queens: Empowerment through Chess

9 Queens is dedicated to empowering individuals and communities through chess by making the game fun, exciting, and accessible.

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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. ”