Thursday, April 30, 2009

Chess Fest is Saturday May 2

The 2nd Annual 9 Queens Chess Fest is this Saturday, downtown at the Hotel Congress. The Chess Fest is a nontraditional chess tournament that offers everyone, regardless of age or experience level, an opportunity to experience the benefits of chess. Activities will start at noon and will last until about 8:30 pm.

Activities include:
  • Blitz (G/5) tournament
  • Human Chess Match played out on a life-size board,
  • Blindfold chess exhibition provided by members of the Arizona Chess Team,
  • Free chess workshops and lessons taught by two-time national chess champions from Catalina Foothills High School,
  • Blitz chess tournament free for all children under age of 18
  • Chess and Hola Hooping Expo
  • "Honor the Queen" chess art exhibit featuring pieces renditions of the chess queen donated by local artists, chess players, and 9 Queens students
Registration for the blitz tournament is free to all if done by 8:00 pm on Friday. After that, kids are still free but adults will be charged a fee.

All proceeds from the Chess Fest will benefit 9 Queens, a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering under-served and under-represented populations through chess.

Arizona Daily Star article on Chess Fest

Tucson Citizen article on Chess Fest

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