is a Tucson
-based national chess non-profit organization
. It is committed to the promotion of chess education for underserved and underrepresented populations, especially girls and at-risk youth. The mission is to provide all children with equal opportunities to realize their potential and enjoy the benefits of chess education. Through chess, 9 Queens
motivates, empowers and engages underserved and underrepresented youth to achieve academic and personal success.
In addition to educational programming in Tucson, Belize
, 9 Queens
is working to change the face of the game. Its chess promotional events in New York, Arizona and San Francisco have included partnerships with RZA
, WuChess and the Wu-Tang Clan
was founded in 2007 by Jean L. Hoffman and Jennifer Shahade
. Hoffman (born October 3, 1980 in Tucson) is a social entrepreneur and educator dedicated to extending the benefits of chess. After earning her bachelor's degree from Yale University
and master's degree in education from Harvard University
, she moved back to her hometown of Tucson to found 9 Queens
with Shahade. In addition to being the co-founder and executive of 9 Queens
, Hoffman is the general manager of Chesspark and WuChess.com, an online chess and hip-hop community co-founded by RZA from the Wu-Tang Clan. She learned how to play chess in first grade. Shahade is a Woman Grandmaster
of chess, two-time American Women's Champion, and author of the book Chess Bitch: Women......