Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Special Brooklyn Castle Screening Event! Sunday, December 2 @ 3pm

Brooklyn Castle with Local Chess Experts

Join us on Sunday, December 2nd at The Loft for a viewing of the inspirational chess documentary, Brooklyn Castle!

*Hosted by 9 Queens, SACA, and Tucson Chess Alliance*

The chess fun starts at 3 pm, the film begins at 4 pm, and chess activities continue immediately following the film!

Chess activities include:
-Pick-up chess games
-Beginner chess lessons
-Quick chess
-Puzzle solving
-Play chess with 9 Queens' giant chess set!

Ticket Prices:
• Adult $9.25
• Senior (65+) $6.25
• Child (12 & Under) $6.25

Concessions will be available for purchase!

More information about the documentary can be found here:

Hope to see you there!

9 Queens Himmel Library Free Tournament -Saturday, December 8 @ 11:30 am

Join 9 Queens on December 8 at the Himmel Library at 11:30am for a 3 round chess tournament. Lunch will be provided for the participants. This event is free and open to the public.

Himmel Library is located at 1035 N Treat, Tucson, 85716

Please visit: for more information.

League Match #3 - December 1, 2012 at BASIS Oro Valley

Registration is open for League Match #3!  Please join us on Saturday, December 1, 2012 at BASIS Oro Valley for a 4-round, USCF-rated tournament with individual and team prizes.

Sections are: High School (K-12), Junior High (K-8), Elementary (K-6), Primary (K-3), and Primary (K-1).

Round times are 9:00, 10:30, 12:00, 1:30.

Register on the SACA website at by Friday, November 30 at 9:00 pm.

Please email with any questions.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

League Match #1 and #2 Perfect Scores

Congratulations to our players who had perfect scores at SACA's League Match #2! The following players scored 3/3:

Zak Cancio, BASIS North
Ben Hong, BASIS North

Richard Zhou, BASIS Tucson

Austin Rigg, Butterfield

Sevren Jackson, Canyon View

Ani Altounian, Castlehill

Harrison Burns, Copper Creek
Michael Chen, Copper Creek

Hunter Bernard, Corbett
Daysin Luna, Corbett
Dylan Peng, Corbett

Sreekar Bommireddy, Doolen
Milo Ratner, Doolen

Ilya Gromochenko, Fruchthendler

Ian Holehan, Harelson

Aleks Bekker, Khalsa
Zain Franis, Khalsa
Keenan Hart, Khalsa
Simi Tecklin, Khalsa
Renee Uyehara-Schaap, Khalsa

Deven Calhoun, Legacy

Ashwin Mittal, Manzanita
Uno Pasadhika, Manzanita
Ethan Pieroni, Manzanita
Frankie Pieroni, Manzanita
Suraj Shah, Manzanita
Kevin Sun, Manzanita

Miguelangel Mendiaz, IST

Ben Hall, St Joseph's
JJ Tejeda, St Joseph's

Eshaan Joshi, St. Michael's

Benjamin Campbell, Tortolita
Tristan Lopez, Tortolita

Alex Parmar, Whitmore

Josemaria Vlasich

Perfect score - Ani Altounian

Congratulations to our players from League Match #2 who scored 2.5/3 points:

Saha Dasika, Canyon View

John Henry Clashman, IST
Conner Graham, IST
Kieran Lee, IST

Sameer Shah, Manzanita
Ben Van Allen, Manzanita

Robert Leenhouts, Sam Hughes
Rohan Tiss, Sam Hughes

Robin Tautimer, Satori

David Li, Ventana Vista

Benjamin Bourque, Whitmore
Hunter Delauer, Whitmore

Congratulations to our perfect score players from SACA's League Match #1! The following players had a perfect score of 3/3:

Armando Lang, Acacia

Sumedh Prasad, BASIS North
Vishakk Rajendran, BASIS North

Kaushal Bhat, BASIS Tucson

Hunter Stedman, Canyon View

Nitish Bhamidipati, Castlehill

Robert Sierra, Corbett

Alex Bazzel, DeGrazia
Talen Chambers, DeGrazia
William Neidich, DeGrazia

Mark Jansky, International School of Tucson

Max Bekker, Khalsa

Deven Calhoun, Legacy

Preston Martin, Manzanita
Jonathan Martinez, Manzanita
Ashwin Mittal, Manzanita
Frankie Pieroni, Manzanita
Suraj Shah, Manzanita

Crisanto Iniguez, Montessori Schoolhouse

Langston Crooms, Satori

Zain Ahmed, Sonoran Science Academy

Jason Tejeda, St Joseph's

Camren Vusteven, St Joseph's

Perfect score - Jonathan Martinez

League Match #2 Team Results

SACA League Match #2 was held on November 10, 2012 at Doolen Middle School.  Thank you to all of the chess players, parents and coaches who participated!

Special thanks to our wonderful parent and high school volunteers for helping us monitor the playing hall, to Equipment Manager Jennifer Shacter for setting up and overseeing equipment sales, and to SACA President Troy Oberg for collecting registration payments.

SACA President Troy Oberg and Chief Tournament Director Martha Underwood

Tournament results are as follows:
Junior High
Anand - Doolen-A and BASIS North are co-champions
On tie breaks - 1st: Doolen-A, 2nd: BASIS North, 3rd: Tortolita

Anand - 1st: IST-A, 2nd: Manzanita, 3rd: DeGrazia
Kramnik - 1st: Corbett-A, 2nd: St Joseph, 3rd: Carden-A
Kasparov - 1st: IST-B, 2nd: Whitmore, 3rd: Corbett-B
Karpov - 1st: Harelson-B, 2nd: DeGrazia-C, 3rd: St Joseph-B

Anand - 1st: Manzanita, 2nd: Castlehill, 3rd: Khalsa
Kramnik - 1st: Manzanita, 2nd: Copper Creek, 3rd: Canyon View
Kasparov - 1st: Khalsa, 2nd: Whitmore, 3rd: DeGrazia

Parent and High School Volunteers assisting in the playing hall

We look forward to seeing you at League Match #3 on December 1st, 2012 at BASIS Oro Valley!

Thanks to Levon Altounian for submitting the photos for this post!