Alma Thomas Chess Challenge

Bryant Street Market

Event Overview

Sections: Open (all ages), K-1, K-3, K-5, K-8, K-12.

Format: 4-SS (4 rounds / games; Swiss System - everyone plays 4 games).
G/45,d5 (45 minutes per side, 5 second delay per move).

Schedule:  Check in 9:15 am - 9:45 am. 1st round starts at 10 am.


  • Open section (based on 20+ entries): 1st = $200, 2nd = $75, $3rd = $50, U1600 = $50
  • Scholastic sections: Individual 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place trophy for each section. Top team trophy for each open section. Top girl trophy for each section.
    • K-12: Trophies plus 1st = $50, 2nd = $30, 3rd = $20
    • K-8: Trophies plus 1st = $35, 2nd = $25, 3rd = $15
    • K-5: Trophies plus 1st = $25, 2nd = $20, 3rd = $10
    • K-3: Trophies plus 1st = $15, 2nd = $10, 3rd = $5
    • K-1: Trophies only

Entry fee: Please pay at the door upon check-in.

  • Open section: $35
  • Scholastic sections:
    • $25 - Standard rate
    • $40 - Supporter rate; comparable to tournaments in Maryland and Virginia and enables you to contribute to DC State Chess Federation’s mission of ensuring chess access and opportunities to all.
    • $5 - Access rate; available for all for whom a higher entry fee is an obstacle.

Register online at

Please register early! No onsite registration!
Registration closes Friday 2/16 at 9 pm!

Please email Click here to show mail address or text (202) 557-9516 for more information.
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Sponsored by: MRP Realty, Ateya Productions, and the DC State Chess Federation

About the DC State Chess Federation

The DC State Chess Federation provides accessible and affordable opportunities for all children, adults, and seniors to learn and play chess in and around the District of Columbia, particularly people of color who are historically underrepresented in chess and to build bridges between people of diverse backgrounds.

About Alma Thomas

Alma Woodsey Thomas (1891-1978) was an African-American artist and teacher who lived and worked in Washington, DC and is now recognized as a major American painter of the 20th century. Thomas is best known for the "exuberant," colorful, abstract paintings that she created after her retirement from a 35-year career teaching art at Washington's Shaw Junior High School.


670 Rhode Island Avenue, NE
Washington, DC 20002
United States

Grand Prix Points:
Prize Fund:
FIDE Rated: No
Handicap Accessible: No
Residency Restriction: No
Online Event: No

Organizer Overview

DC State Chess Federation
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