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!

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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.

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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.

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