Chess Girls Rock

Kempsville Recreation Center

Event Overview

Hampton Roads Chess Association 


Chess Girls Rock

A weekend for girls ages 4-18 to meet and make new friends, play some chess, and climb some rocks

Generously sponsored by a grant from US Chess and the St Louis Chess Center

June 2-4, 2023

Kempsville Recreation Center

800 Monmouth Lane

Virginia Beach, VA 23464

Weekend Schedule

NOTE:  You are not required to participate in the social events in order to play in the tournament.  If not participating in Friday night pool or pizza parties, your swag bag will be available Saturday morning.  New players are encouraged to attend orientation Friday night.  It will not be offered Saturday morning.

Friday, June 2nd:  Meet and Make New Friends

Location:  Kempsville Recreation Center

5:00-6:45 PM Swimming / Pool Party

6:45-7:45 PM Pizza Party, New Player Orientation, Pick up Swag Bags (Includes a T-Shirt!)

Saturday, June 3rd:  Play Some Chess

Location:  Kempsville Recreation Center

8:30-9:30 AM Late / On Site Registration

10:00 AM Round 1 Begins

Subsequent rounds will be played "ASAP"

Awards ceremony immediately following the completion of all rounds

We anticipate finishing by 5 PM but can't give an exact time.

Sunday, June 4th:  Climb Some Rocks

Location:  Latitude Climbing and Fitness at Pembroke Mall, 4554 Virginia Beach Blvd, Ste 970, Virginia Beach, VA 23462

Approximate time 11 AM - 2PM (will update with exact times when locked in)

Weekend Costs

Thanks to a generous grant from US Chess and the St Louis Chess Center, we are able to keep costs low for the girls!

Swimming:  $8 youth, $10 adults.  Siblings welcome.  One adult per three children under the age of 8 required in the pool.

Pizza Party:  $7 per person.  Siblings welcome.

Chess Tournament Entry Fee: $25 per girl

Rock Climbing:  $24 per girl.  No siblings (this may change if we have room)

Weekend Total per girl if participating in ALL activities:  $64


This registration page will be used ONLY to register for the tournament portion.  See below for the link to register for the other activities.

This is a "Swiss" tournament, which is similar to a bracket system.  It's not an elimination event.  You will play all rounds unless assigned a bye for an uneven number of players.  We will play 4 or 5 rounds based on the number of entries we receive.  The time control for this tournament is G/40; d5 -- this means each player has 40 minutes to complete all their moves, and the clock doesn't start counting down for the first 5 seconds (a "delay" or grace period).  Chess notation will be required ONLY in the Open section.  All other players are strongly encouraged but not required to take notation -- we'll talk more about this at orientation.

This tournament is open only to girls.  There is no residency restriction.  

HRCA is an inclusive organization that follows the US Chess Transgender policy.  ALL girls are welcome!

Unrated girls / non-US Chess members will register for a "Rookie" section based on school grade (just completed if school year is over).  Junior Rookie is for girls in grades Pre-K through 5th.  Senior Rookie is for girls in grades 6-12th.  These sections are not US Chess rated, and US Chess membership is not required.  

US Chess members will register for a rated section based on ability.  We will have a Novice (U500) section and an Open (500+) section.  Unrated players who are US Chess members may register for either section.  These sections are US Chess rated.  We will use your Regular over-the-board (OTB) rating from the June 2023 supplement for sectioning and prizes.

We will present the following trophies at a minimum.  If entries exceed our expectations, we will add more trophies!

Junior Rookie:  Top 5 girls overall, Next Top 3 girls in grades Pre-K through 3rd, Next Top Girl in grades Pre-K through 1st

Senior Rookie:  Top 5 girls overall.  If a significant number of entries are received in different grades, we will break trophies out by Middle School and High School.

Novice U500:  Top 5 girls overall, Top U300, Top Unrated

Open:  Top 5 girls overall, Top U700

Our tournament staff leadership is ALL WOMAN!!!

Register online at

For more information, email organizer Christina "Tina" Schweiss at, or call / text 757-472-5909.


800 Monmouth Lane
Virginia Beach, VA 23464
United States

Sections: 4
Grand Prix Points:
Prize Fund:
FIDE Rated: No
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Residency Restriction: No
Online Event: No

Organizer Overview

Christina Schweiss
Phone: 757-472-5909