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

Varga Luna

(playing for 4 years)

“I became interested in chess when I was about four. I like chess bc you get to have fun and learn some things. You get to be more patient. You get to focus and concentrate. ”

9 Queens 9th Annual Chess Fest: Off The Rook!


Tucson, AZ-On Saturday April 30, 2016 from 2-6pm, Hotel Congress will host 9 Queens 9th Annual Chess Fest: Off The Rook, a free community wide celebration, with special guest FIDE Woman Candidate Master, 2014 US Junior Girls Chess Champion and 9 Queens Player of the Year Claudia Muñoz.


Chess shining star and 2016 9 Queens Chess Player of the Year Claudia Muñoz.

The lobby of Hotel Congress is transformed into a 25 player chess simul arena.

The 9th Annual Chess Fest will feature an array of free chess themed activities for everyone regardless of age or chess experience. Activities included are: beginner chess lessons and pick-up games with The Hendricks Chess Team, chess inspired arts and crafts, chess puzzles and strategies with members of the National Chess Champions of Catalina Foothills High School, face painting, a giant human-sized chessboard painted on the Hotel Congress parking lot that is viewable on Google Earth and Tucson’s own DJ’s of AZ Sessions.  The highlight of the day will feature a simultaneous exhibition game with Claudia Muñoz. Twenty lucky guests picked by lottery, will have the opportunity to show Claudia their best moves as they challenge her in a chess simul of twenty-five games at the same time.  Simul lottery tickets will be distributed at 2:30pm and winners will be called during Opening Ceremony at 3:00pm. Five “V.I.Player” seats will be offered on our online Kickstarter fundraiser.


As the United States highest ranking Hispanic girl, Claudia looks at her success within chess as an opportunity to inspire others.