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March 20th, 2012

May 5 Tucson Chess Fest invites Chess Queen Kosteniuk

Press Release: 9 Queens brings Chess Queen Alexandra Kosteniuk to celebrate Tucson’s chess community. Alexandra will be honored at the 5th Annual Chess Fest and will receive the 9 Queens Award. The event is sponsored by the Soroptomist International of Desert Tucson and Chess King software. Read the full press release below and mark your calendars if you can make it to Tucson on May 5!



Contact: Jean Hoffman
 Phone: 347 409 1276

World Chess Champion and Chess Queen Honored at 5th Annual Chess Fest.
9 Queens brings Chess Queen Alexandra Kosteniuk to celebrate Tucson’s chess community

March 12, 2012- TUCSON, AZ- On May 5, 2012 from 2-5 pm at the Hotel Congress (311 E. Congress St., Tucson, Arizona, 85701), local nonprofit organization 9 Queens will host the 5th Annual Chess Fest- a free, family friendly chess extravaganza designed to promote and celebrate chess within the Tucson community. The event will feature a simultaneous chess exhibition where former Women’s World Chess Champion Grandmaster Alexandra Kosteniuk will play multiple games at a time against Tucsonans interested in challenging the Grandmaster. Kosteniuk is the recipient of the 9 Queens Award. 

“The 9 Queens Award is given to a player who embodies the mission of 9 Queens and our commitment to empowering under-served and under-represented populations. “ explains 9 Queens executive director Jean Hoffman, “As one of the world’s most popular and influential chess players, Grandmaster Kosteniuk is an inspirational role model to thousands of women and girls throughout the world.”

This will be Grandmaster Kosteniuk’s second participation in a 9 Queens event in Tucson, Arizona. In 2009, she gave a free simultaneous exhibition at MAST Boutique as part of her Holiday Goodwill Tour. Kosteniuk is the 12th Women’s World Chess Champion and the author of How I Became a Grandmaster at Age 14 and Diary of a Chess Queen. 

Held on Cinco de Mayo, the 2012 Chess Fest will also celebrate the fifth anniversary of the launch of 9 Queens a nonprofit organization founded by Hoffman and former Women’s U.S. Chess Champion Jennifer Shahade. In contrast to traditional chess tournaments and events, the Chess Fest will have something for everyone, regardless of age or chess experience. For those more artistically inclined, Chess Fest will pay homage to Marcel Duchamp an artist and avid chess player known for selecting ordinary manufactured objects and using them to create “readymade” pieces of art. Participants can visit the arts and crafts station to create their own “readymade” chess sets and crowns. Other activities include: beginner chess lessons, pick-up chess games, face painting, chess simultaneous exhibits.

This event is sponsored by the Soroptomist International of Desert Tucson and Chess King ( software. All activities are free and open to the public. No pre-registration is necessary. For more information email


A photo taken by Jeff Smith from Alexandra’s Christmas 2009 Goodwill visit to Tucson

A Description of the software program Chess King, only $49 with coupon code “INTROKING”, part of the proceeds will go to 9Queens.

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10 Responses to “May 5 Tucson Chess Fest invites Chess Queen Kosteniuk”

  1. aerodarts says:


    will you be able to stop by in st louis for the 2012 U.S. Women’s Championship?

    May 7, 2012

    Player Arrival, Opening Ceremony

    Player Arrival, Opening Ceremony

  2. chessqueen says:

    I did not know, have not been invited to Saint Louis, I’m not allowed to play in the U.S. Women’s Championship.

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  4. sebastian wolff, ny says:

    wow chess queen and chess king together i like that. oh by the way… it would be nice if chess queen is allowed to play in the US Championship. May I petition someone as a fan please. i will try and meet you in tucson with my two daughters. all the best. Chess Queen you are such an inspiration for my two girls thank you so much.

  5. brenda kroll, berlin says:

    hey chess queen that’s a nice initiative. I must say your Chess King is fabulous. My kids are hooked.

  6. Hey, if I’m down in Tucson on Cinco De Mayo, I may see if I can go to the event. I doubt if I’ll make it, but being a truck driver I travel all over America, so you never know. I do get down to Tucson once in a while. Still having loads of fun and learning with Chess King, and when I go home tomorrow, I’m going to install Chess King on my 12 year old son’s laptop computer so he can use it and improve, too. Amazing what chess can do for our youth, I hope more kids take up chess with this good work in Tucson, Alexandra.

  7. jason bourne, london says:

    congrats chess queen

  8. sebastian wolff, ny says:

    another good thing for chess al the best for all your initiatives chess queen

  9. aerodarts says:


    If you have not been invited you to St Louis, they must not know you are so close to St Louis! Also, if the mood strikes you, just stop by the Chess Club with a surprise visit! I am sure you will be welcomed and invited to be interviewed by Jennifer. I have been there when other GM’s have paid surprise visits. I am just saying this, but really do not know all the inside things professional chess players do or not do….In my mind they would be crazy not to be happy to see you in St Louis.

  10. aerodarts says:

    Hello Again,

    I sent STL a tweet and they replied in a positive manner! If you can a chance a stop in Durango Co would be worth your time. From your FB post it is plain to see you love the mountains! The drive on HWY 550 North from durango is an adventure everyone should have. Durango-Silverton-Ouray.