9 Queens continues to bring fun chess themed events to Tucson. We are planning our 7th Annual CHESS FEST for April and need your help!
This is a big FUN Chess Party that has grown to over a thousand people since it started 7 years ago. We want to keep making it better for everyone every year. Help us keep this event shaded, dynamic, well stocked and colorful! PLEASE CONTRIBUTE TODAY!
Shade is expensive in Tucson and your gifts will make it possible for our event goers (including you) to enjoy a beautiful April day in Tucson without getting burnt by providing tents to shield our players and event guests.
Your contributions will also ensure that everyone who wants to learn how to or just play chess will be able to by having enough staff, tables and chairs available.
Your sponsorship also allow us to have an amazing simultaneous Chess exhibition! Rochelle Ballantyne, a talented, young Women's Master who is featured in the movie Brooklyn Castle, will compete against 25 players at CHESS FEST. This is amazing to watch and can be a real nailbiter at the end!
So please pledge today, spread the word and share this Kickstarter with others through email and social media and PLEASE join us at the 7th Annual CHESS FEST!
We are a non-profit organization and all of the monies we receive are used to benefit our community directly by offering FREE FUN CHESS EVENTS all year round!
February 14th, 2014
9 Queens 7th Annual Chess Fest at Historic Hotel Congress 311 E. Congress St., Tucson, Arizona, 85701
Tucson, AZ-On April 26, 2014 from 12-3 pm, 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 history as she becomes the first African-American female chess Master.
Amanda Mateer, Women’s FIDE Master and recipient of the 2013 9 Queens Player of the Year Award says this of Rochelle:
"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. Even as a full-time undergraduate student at Stanford, she still finds time to share and enjoy her passion for chess. It is an honor to know her as a fellow female chess player and as a friend, and I expect her to continue to make great strides both in the chess world and outside of it."
Tucsonans will have the opportunity to show Rochelle Ballantyne their best moves as they challenge her in a chess simultaneous exhibition of twenty-five games at the same time. The 7th Annual Chess Fest will feature an array of free chess themed activities for everyone regardless of age or chess experience. Activities include: beginner chess lessons, pick-up chess games, face painting, chess simultaneous exhibits and our much loved lawn chess set staged on a giant human-sized chessboard painted on the Hotel parking lot that you can see on Google Earth! Women’s FIDE Master Rochelle Ballantyne will be presented with the 9 Queens Player of the Year Award, which is traditionally presented by the Mayor of Tucson. This award is given to a player who embodies the mission of 9 Queens and our commitment to empowering under-served and under-represented populations.
9 Queens is a 501(c)(3), non-profit organization dedicated to empowering individuals and communities through chess by making the game fun, exciting and accessible. We offer free chess education outreach programs specifically designed to promote critical thinking skills, academic performance, literacy and self-confidence.Our mission is to use chess as a tool to motivate, empower, and engage under-served and under-represented populations to realize their own potential and achieve academic and personal success. Donations to 9 Queens are tax deductible, encouraged and appreciated!
All 9 Queens Chess Fest activities are free and open to the public. No pre-registration is necessary. For more information regarding volunteer and sponsorship opportunities please contact Vicki Lázaro at firstname.lastname@example.org
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We are working hard to put together a great Chess Fest 2014 for you so all gifts may not be mailed until after our event! But if you can-please come to Chess Fest and pick up your rewards.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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