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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!

Human Chess Board  ©Jeff Smith www.jeffsmithusa.com
Human Chess Board ©Jeff Smith www.jeffsmithusa.com

 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.

©Jeff Smith www.jeffsmithusa.com
©Jeff Smith www.jeffsmithusa.com

 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.

©Jeff Smith www.jeffsmithusa.com
©Jeff Smith www.jeffsmithusa.com

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!

Last Year's Simul with Amanda Mateer ©Jeff Smith www.jeffsmithusa.com
Last Year's Simul with Amanda Mateer ©Jeff Smith www.jeffsmithusa.com

 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! 

            
  
©Jeff Smith www.jeffsmithusa.com
©Jeff Smith www.jeffsmithusa.com

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!

DJ André gets the party started! ©Jeff Smith www.jeffsmithusa.com
DJ André gets the party started! ©Jeff Smith www.jeffsmithusa.com

Press Release 

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 vlazaro@9queens.org

For information regarding this event please see these Additional links:

http://www.brooklyncastle.com

www.9queens.org

Chess Players and their Wildcat Pride! ©Jeff Smith www.jeffsmithusa.com
Chess Players and their Wildcat Pride! ©Jeff Smith www.jeffsmithusa.com

Risks and challenges

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.

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    Thank You! You will make it possible for a new chess player to get a Passport Book at CHESS FEST! This 9 Queens exclusive teaches you the basics by teaching you how the chess pieces move in a fun and clear way. Stop by CHESS FEST and get yours too!

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    Yay! BUMPER STICKER! Thank You! With this pledge amount you are making it possible for 2 chess players of all levels to use a nice, clean and complete chessboard at CHESS FEST! We will send you a 9 Queens BUMPER STICKER as a Thank You! Or come and play and pick it up at CHESS FEST!

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    Yippee! STICKER & A BUTTON! Thank you! Your pledge makes it possible for us to repaint our Human Sized CHESS FEST chessboard on the Hotel Congress parking lot that you can see from Google Earth! With this donation you get a STICKER AND A BUTTON or pledge $75 or more and get a 9 Queens bag to wear your new button on (see below!).

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    9 Queens multi-lingual CHESS PIECES POSTER showing the movements of each piece! Your pledge will help to ensure that everyone who wants to learn how to play chess at CHESS FEST can do so by having enough staff available to teach the piece movements...and with this cool poster, you can teach them too!

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    Woot! Woot! STICKER & BUTTON + NEW 9 QUEENS CHESS PIECES POSTER! Thank You! Your pledge pushes us closer to our goal and will make it possible for us to provide free Chess Crafts at CHESS FEST. This keeps little ones happy and learning at the same time with dazzling paper crowns to decorate, chess piece coloring pages and paper chess sets to take home! You will be rewarded with a 9 Queens STICKER & BUTTON + NEW 9 QUEENS CHESS PIECES POSTER!

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    Awwww Yeah! STICKER & BUTTON & NEW 9 QUEENS CHESS PIECES POSTER + DRAWSTRING BAG! Thank You! Your pledge will make it possible for anyone to come play a pick-up game IN THE SHADE with someone else and make some new friends at CHESS FEST!

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    Pledge $150 or more About $150

    Hurray! You saved the day! You will receive a 9 Queens STICKER & BUTTON & NEW 9 QUEENS CHESS PIECES POSTER & DRAWSTRING BAG + SIGNED "PLAY LIKE A GIRL" BOOK! Thank You! Thank You! Your pledge will keep our 100 volunteers hydrated! No passing out on this special day!

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    Rowrrr! HUGE THANKS! You will receive all of the above rewards PLUS ONE HOUR OF USE OF 9 QUEENS LAWN CHESS SET (at a location in Tucson only)! You are a Super Supporter of 9 Queens 7th ANNUAL CHESS FEST! Your pledge allows us to provide chairs and tables for our guests to sit down on and play their favorite game! Without this, it might have been verrrry awkward…

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    OH MY STARS! You will be a star of our show with a THANK YOU BANNER prominently displayed with your name on it at CHESS FEST! You will also receive a 9 Queens STICKER & BUTTON & NEW 9 QUEENS CHESS PIECES POSTER & DRAWSTRING BAG & SIGNED "PLAY LIKE A GIRL" BOOK & A SHOUT OUT TO YOU ON OUR WEBSITE www.9queens.org FOR ONE MONTH. for your fantastic support of 9 Queens! You are very appreciated! Your generous pledge has made it possible for 25 people to play against Women's FIDE Chess Master Rochelle Ballantyne at CHESS FEST IN THE SHADE!

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    YUM! Chess FEAST! Your $500 pledge gets You (one person) and a guest a special place at the table with Chess Master Rochelle Ballantyne at our celebratory CHESS FEST DINNER! (Transportation & Alcohol NOT included.) You will also receive a 9 Queens STICKER & BUTTON & NEW 9 QUEENS CHESS PIECES POSTER & DRAWSTRING BAG & SIGNED "PLAY LIKE A GIRL" BOOK + A SHOUT OUT TO YOU ON OUR WEBSITE www.9queens.org FOR ONE MONTH. Be sure to get all of your 9 Queens goodies signed! You have made it possible to bring a star like Women's FIDE Master Rochelle Ballantyne to Tucson!

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    WOW! ARE YOU READY FOR THIS?! This pledge of $500 has a special reward -when we make our target goal you will receive ONE HOUR OF CHESS LESSONS OVER SKYPE WITH CHESS & POKER GENIUS, 9 QUEENS Co-FOUNDER, JENNIFER SHAHADE! We will also lavish you with some great 9 Queens Swag including website mention, banner thank you, program shout out PLUS A 9 QUEENS CHESS SET with a pink or black board to get your game on!

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