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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Christmas Chess Goodwill in Tucson

Dear Chess Friends,

After my recent blog offer for a free Chess Goodwill trip to any place in the USA to promote chess with kids during the Christmas period, the requests started flowing in, and so now after looking at all the applications, I am happy to announce the winner: the non-profit organization 9 QUEENS in Tucson, Arizona!

I will be flying to Tucson, Arizona, on December 20, and will star at several events, including an up to 50-board simul, a meeting at the 9 Queens Academy, and a reception. I am excited at the possibility to promote chess in Tucson and to recognize 9 Queens, which does so much for women's chess. A big thanks to 9 Queens and specially to Jean Hoffman who was able to organize everything at such an incredibly short notice!

I support 9 Queens strongly, so if you also find their work worthwhile, I urge you to go their site and make a donation of any amount. And if you approve of my going there to promote chess to kids at no cost, I would be grateful to you if you bought something from my web shop, for example my totally new book "Diary of a Chess Queen", or my new DVD "My Best Games". Free autograph with each purchase.

Here is the Official Press Release of the event:


Contact 9 Queens: Jean Hoffman

Cell: 347-409-1276


Contact Chessqueen: Alexandra Kosteniuk


Tucson nonprofit selected as one of the few chess programs in the nation honored by Grandmaster Alexandra Kosteniuk

(TUCSON, AZ ) Current Women's World Chess Champion and Grandmaster Alexandra Kosteniuk has selected the Tucson nonprofit organization 9 Queens as one of the few chess programs in the country to honor with her Christmas Goodwill Offer. On December 20, 2009, as part of her national goodwill tour to promote the benefits of chess, Ms. Kosteniuk will fly to Tucson, Arizona to participate in a range of free educational activities hosted by 9 Queens. From 2-4 pm at the Parasol Project Arts Space (299 S Park Avenue), Ms. Kosteniuk will answer questions from participants in the 9 Queens Academy and read from her new book "Diary of a Chess Queen." Immediately following the Queens Academy, 9 Queens will host a reception and simultaneous chess exhibit at MAST a new boutique located next door to Parasol Project. During the simultaneous chess exhibit, Ms. Kosteniuk will play up to 50 chess players at the same time.

In addition to serving as the current Women's World Chess Champion, Ms. Kosteniuk, also serves as the co-chair for the World Chess Federation's Commission for Women’s Chess. Ms Kosteniuk, a notable chess celebrity, is widely regarded as the most popular chess player in the world. Known for the mantra "Chess is Cool," Kosteniuk was recently voted the most influential chess player on Twitter.

"Alexandra has done so much to promote not only women's chess but chess in general," says 9 Queens executive director Jean Hoffman, "It is a huge honor to have her come to Tucson and recognize our growing chess community.


Over the past two years, 9 Queens has created a range of programs designed in empower under-served and under-represented populations through chess. In August 2008, 9 Queens created the Tucson Queens Initiative--a multi-year campaign designed not only to increase the percentage of female chess players, but also to empower girls to achieve academic, personal and professional success. Since then the percentage of women participating in 9 Queens beginner chess tournaments as skyrocketed from less than ten percent to almost fifty percent. The high percentage of female chess players in Tucson stands in stark contrast to national trends where women make up around eight percent of the chess community.

"I could not think of a better organization to do this goodwill event with since I support 9 Queens strongly,” explained Kosteniuk regarding her decision to partner with 9 Queens.

Posted by Alexandra Kosteniuk
Women's World Chess Champion


  • At December 16, 2009 at 10:25 AM , Anonymous Juan S. said...

    That's wonderful news and very generous of you to come to Arizona.

  • At December 16, 2009 at 6:27 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Cool. Is this open to anyone to come watch? Stu (

  • At December 17, 2009 at 12:15 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Hi Alexandra! Is the simul going to be only for female players? What can I do in order to be able to take a picture with you?.

    Best Regards

  • At December 17, 2009 at 8:42 PM , Blogger Jan said...

    What a wonderful event for Tucson and 9 Queens. Jean Hoffman, Jen Shahade and others associated with this fine organization do great work with kids and women in the greater Tucson area. I am a big fan of their organization and goals. Alexandra, what a lovely, generous thing to do. Your appearance will be a very special Christmas present for many people - kids and adults.

  • At January 6, 2010 at 3:24 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I bet they loved having you there. I hope you all had fun.


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