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. ”


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On April 26th, 2014 Hotel Congress will play host to 9 Queens 7th Annual Chess Fest, a community wide celebration with special guest 19 year old Rochelle Ballantyne!  Featured in the inspirational documentary Brooklyn Castle, Rochelle sits on the verge of making history and becoming the first African-American woman to be a chess Master!


“Rochelle is the perfect embodiment of what the 9 Queens Player of the Year Award is about. She represents an individual with incredible passion for the game and someone who has shared her talents with youth in her community. She serves as a fantastic role model for how hard work and dedication pay off, and can ultimately lead someone to achieving their dreams.
– Amanda Mateer Women’s Fide Master and recipient of the 2013 9 Queens Player of the Year Award
You can help to make Chess Fest 2014 a reality by pledging to the FIRST EVER 9 Queens Kickstarter!
009 Chess fest 2013 © JEFF SMITH 2013

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7th Annual Chess Fest!
April 26, 2014 12:00 pm
April 26, 2014 3:00 pm
March 5, 2014