Chess, crowns and cupcakes for the Queens

October 23, 2009
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Last Sunday, October 28th, Bookmans sponsored the first annual All Queens Chess Day. Held at the Bookmans on Speedway, the event consisted of two parts: a free chess tournament for women and girls, and a chess/arts and crafts workshop for everyone. Some of Tucson’s most prominent female leaders including Vice Mayor Romero, City Council Member Karin Uhlich, City Council Member Nina Trasoff, and First Lady of Tucson Beth Walkup all participated in the festivities.

All Queens Chess Day wasn’t your typical chess event; it was a celebration!  For over a year now, 9 Queens has partnered with Bookmans to host monthly free chess workshops for women and girls. We were thrilled to celebrate the one-year anniversary of our Tucson Queens Initiative with hundreds of Tucsonans. While over 20 women played in the tournament, more than 70 people learned how to play chess in our beginner workshops. Throughout the day everyone had the chance to enjoy refreshments including fruit, veggies, cake and cupcakes thanks to the generosity of Vice Mayor Regina Romero and 9 Queens Board Member Quinta Peterson.

One of my favorite parts of the event was the chess and arts and crafts workshop held in the Bookmans children’s area. Each workshop participant was given a “chess passport” with seven different stations to visit. Six of the stations were hosted by members of the Catalina Foothills team who taught participants how each of the pieces moved. However my favorite station was hosted by the Bookmans’ staff members who helped everyone make their own king or queen crown!

Many thanks to everyone who helped out including Tamara Jones, Jeff Smith, Robby Adamson, Leo Martinez, Amanda Mateer, Vice Mayor Romero, Beth Walkup, Nina Trasoff, Karin Uhlich, Quinta Peterson, Demion Clinco, Paul Gold, Eric Rice, Michelle Hotchkiss, and especially  to Bookmans for helping us change the face of chess in Tucson.

More highlights and photos to come!

Categories: Chess Event / Events / Women in chess

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