Chess Fest Success!

May 11, 2009

The 2nd Annual 9 Queens Chess Fest was a huge success! Over 400 Tucsonans joined local politicians, musicians, artists, and scholastic chess players for tthe nontraditional chess tournament.  The Chess Fest featured a diverse collection of chess enthusiasts including: Mayor Bob Walkup, Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, Council Member Rodney Glassman, college athletes from the University of Arizona and members of the psychedelic country band Golden Boots. The Chess Fest was hosted by 9 Queens-a  nonprofit organization dedicated to extending the benefits of chess.

Beginning at 12 pm, 9 Queens, in partnership with the Hotel Congress and Maynard’s Market, hosted a range of activities including a blindfold chess exhibition, free chess lessons, face-painting and a speed chess tournament. Across the street from the Hotel Congress, chess players and non-chess players alike enjoyed authentic Neapolitan pizza from the newly opened Maynard’s Market and looked at  the “Honor the Queen” art exhibit.  The exhibit featured renditions of the chess queen by artists including clamdiggin, Paula Wittner, Carina Jorgensen, and Margo Burwell.  All of the artwork was available for purchase through a silent auction to benefit 9 Queens.
At 5 pm, spectators watched a human chess match in the Hotel parking lot. Children dressed in costumes provided by the toy store Mrs. Tiggy Winkles represented chess pieces in a game played out on a giant chessboard.  Following the human chess match, Maynard’s Market hosted  a wine tasting and silent auction for 9 Queens. During this time, Golden Boots performed  a free concert in the Maynard’s patio.

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