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9 Queens

9Queens is a national non-profit that I co-founded with Jean Hoffman in October 2007. Right now we have programs in Tuscon and Philadelphia and also offer workshops and lectures via our "9Q comes to you" program. If you’d like more information than what you see below, please visit our website or email 9queens@gmail.com.

Our Mission: 9 Queens is a national, educational organization that promotes and provides chess education to under-served and under-represented populations, especially girls and at-risk youth. Our mission is to provide all children with equal opportunities to realize their potential and enjoy the benefits of chess education. Through chess, we motivate, empower and engage under-served and under-represented youth to achieve academic and personal success.

About our Name. Although every player begins the game with only one queen, every pawn has the potential to become a queen. In theory, it is possible to transform all 8 pawns into queens, thus creating a position in which there are 9 queens on the board. 9 Queens is a metaphor for the all too often unrealized capacity to empower all children through chess.

9Queens Philadelphia Queens Academy: In Philadelphia, I teach a monthly women’s chess workshops at the Free Library in Philadelphia, sponsored by 9queens and ASAP (After School Activities Partnership.) For a blog on a recent Queens Academy, check out our 9queens blog.