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. ”


Rook-n-Roll!!! 9 Queens 10th Annual Chess Fest!!!

Chess Fest is an annual, family chess festival held in the heart of downtown Tucson at the Hotel Congress. In contrast to traditional chess tournaments and events, the Chess Fest has something for everyone, regardless of age or chess experience. Activities include: beginner chess lessons, pick-up chess games, face painting, chess simultaneous exhibits, music and a giant chess match played on a life-size board. This year we will also host a blitz tournament. This year we are pleased to have FIDE Chess Master Liulia Cardona as our special guest! 25 guests will have the opportunity to play Liulia in a simultaneous exhibition game inside of the Historic Hotel Congress. To see photos from previous Chess Fest please visit our media library.



FIDE Chess Master Liulia Cardona.