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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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. ”


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On April 13, 2013 from 2-5 pm at the Hotel Congress (311 E. Congress St., Tucson, Arizona, 85701), Tucsonans will have the opportunity to show Women’s FIDE Master Amanda Mateer and International Master Mac Molner their best moves. Husband and wife chess power couple, Mateer and Molner, will play in a tandem chess simultaneous exhibition playing up to forty games at a time during the 9 Queens Chess Fest. The 6th Annual Chess Fest will feature a range of free chess themed activities focused on fun and learning the enjoyment and benefits of the game!

In contrast to traditional chess tournaments and events, the Chess Fest will have something for everyone, regardless of age or chess experience.  Activities include: beginner chess lessons, pick-up chess games, the lawn size chess board, face painting and a tandem simultaneous chess exhibit.

Women’s FIDE Master Amanda Mateer will be presented with the 9 Queens Award. “The 9 Queens Award is given to a player who embodies the mission of 9 Queens and our commitment to empowering under-served and under-represented populations. “ explains 9 Queens executive director Jean Hoffman.

Amanda Mateer is no stranger to Tucson’s chess scene. She is a co-founder of Tucson Chess Alliance, which is another Tucson community chess group, a member of the Southern Arizona Chess Alliance Board, a nationally recognized tournament director and is one of the most liked coaches in the Old Pueblo by adults and children alike.  All activities are free and open to the public. No pre-registration is necessary. For more information email vlazaro@9queens.org.


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6th Annual Chess Fest! Queens & Kings
April 13, 2013 2:00 pm
April 13, 2013 5:00 pm
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