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Women in Chess Events
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2018 National Girls Tournament of Champions contenders. Also pictured: Maureen Grimaud, US Chess Women's Chair and Jon Haskel, tournament director

To add your women's or girls regional event, contact jshahade@uschess.org with an email listing the basic info of your event with a 100 word maximum (Please include when, where, round times and website link to register or for more information.) Find out more about the US Chess Women's initiative here, and follow news on previous events featuring top women and girls. You can also find out about our Regional Event application guidelines here. 

Live Women's Events: 

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Girls Club Program for Orlando, Florida K-12 Nationals, Dec 2-5

Girls Club at the K-12 Nationals in Orlando, Florida, December 3-5. 

Event Details: http://www.uschess.org/tournaments/2021/k12/

Full Girls Club Program TBA 

Online Women's Events: 

US Chess Women: Thursday night girls club classes on Zoom for US Chess Members, hosted by Jennifer Shahade and special guests. We also have a monthly Cross-Cultural Chess Program with Kenyan chess girls. You can join the mailing list at https://tinyurl.com/girlschessmailinglist to stay posted on the lineup. 

Watch previous classes, including lessons and lectures from Garry Kasparov, IM Anna Rudolf, WFM Alexandra Botez, GM Irina Krush and WIM Sabrina Chevannes on our "Class in Session" Playlist. 

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Ongoing:

Ladies Knight chess classes, Thursday nights at the Saint Louis Chess Club at 6:30 PM in three separate sections, Pure Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced.

Her League presented by Her Move Next 

https://www.hermovenext.com/her-league-info

The Madwoman's Book Club started on November 13, with "The Queen's Gambit" by Walter Tevis and continued with book clubs on Mastermind by Maria Konnikova and Mind and Matter by Louisa Thomas and John Urschel and the Queen of Katwe featuring Phiona Mutesi. Sign up here and find out more on new.uschess.org/bookclub

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Previous Online Events: 

 

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Isolated Queens I and II, US Chess Women events hosted on chess.com with twitch.tv/BotezLive to promote girls and women in chess during social isolation.  Sponsored by Ian "Maprail Silverstone, Barbara and Richard Schiffrin and Open Field Media. 

Promoting to Queens Four: The Chess Queen Zooms Any Way She Wants. The final, online edition of our grant partnership between Saint Louis Chess Club and California Youth Chess League. 

Highlighted Past Events 

October 19, 2019-Third Annual Girls & Women Mid Atlantic Regional, a recipient of the US Chess Women Program Grant Award.

November 24, 2019-  2019 Chess & Science Festival An all-girls and women tournament that showcases the ties between chess & STEM, organized by Belakovskaia Chess Academy in collaboration with Flandrau Science Center & Planetarium & University of Arizona.  

August 2019 

Ruth Haring National Girls Tournament of Champions (RHNGTOC), Orlando, August 3-6, held in conjunction with the U.S. Open. Read the press release on renaming the event NGTOC to RHNGTOC. This event kicked off with a simul from US Women's Champion Jennifer Yu and was won by Martha Samadashvili of New York.

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October 19, 2019-Third Annual Girls & Women Mid Atlantic Regional 

Location: Hilton Garden Inn 1225 First Street NE Washington, DC 20002

Register for the event here. 

This event is a recipient of the US Chess Women Program Grant Award. 

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2019 Regional All Girls Chess Tournament

November 23, 2019, Rosemont, IL

Download full flyer here for full information on the  Midwest Women's Regional.

NOV. 23-24 OR 24   4th Annual NY State Girls Championship!

Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School, 36 West 93rd St-

Find full details on the New York, November TLA section. 

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Girls Club Room at the National Junior High School Championships

November 24, 2019-  2019 Chess & Science Festival –An all-girls and women tournament that showcases the ties between chess & STEM, organized by Belakovskaia Chess Academy in collaboration with Flandrau Science Center & Planetarium & University of Arizona.

Sign up for the event here, and find the facebook link here. 

This event is a recipient of the US Chess Women Program Grant Award. 

August 2019 

Ruth Haring National Girls Tournament of Champions (RHNGTOC), Orlando, August 3-6, held in conjunction with the U.S. Open. Read the press release on renaming the event NGTOC to RHNGTOC. This event kicked off with a simul from US Women's Champion Jennifer Yu and was won by Martha Samadashvili of New York.

International Master Norm Tournament, Aug 16-20, Berkeley, CA, won by GM Irina Krush

July 2019- US Junior Girls Championships (July 10-20, Saint Louis), won by Carissa Yip

U.S. Women's Open in Las Vegas: Listen to the podcast interview with 2019 U.S. Women's Open Champion Megan Lee. 

Girls Club Room at the National Junior High School Championships

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Girls Club Room at the National Junior High School Championships

Elementary Chess Championships (Nashville, May 10-13) with special guests WIM Carolina Blanco, WGM Katerina Nemcova and WGM Jennifer Shahade.March 2019: Girls Club Room at the K-9 Chess Championships in Schaumburg, Illinois. Read a recap from Women Program Director Jennifer Shahade here. 

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December 2018

Girls Club Room at the K-12 Chess Championships in Orlando, featuring special guests WIM Carolina Blanco, WGM Sabina Foisor and GM Elshan Moradiabadi

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Girls Club Room at the K-12 Chess Championships in Orlando

July 11-24, 2018 - St Louis, MO - US Jr Girls Closed Championship. See uschesschamps.com and our CLO news story and tactics follow-up for details on Carissa Yip's victory in this ultra competitive event.

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Akshita Gorti, last year's US Junior Girls' Champ
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Akshita Gorti, last year's US Junior Girls' Champ
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US Chess Women's committee member Adia Onyango gives a 30 board simul to the 2017 Girls Chess Camp run by ASAP in Philadelphia,
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US Chess Women's committee member Adia Onyango gives a 30 board simul to the 2017 Girls Chess Camp run by ASAP in Philadelphia,

July 28-31, 2018 The National Girls Tournament of Champions (NGTOC) is an invitational tournament of champions for girls representing each state across the US that is in conjunction with the Denker and Barber Tournaments. Includes a $5,000 scholarship for first place, as sponsored by Richard and Barbara Schiffrin

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Please see nationalgirlschess.com and our CLO interview with this year's winner, Veronika Zilajeva.

 

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Rodrigo Leal
"Learning chess throughout my elementary school years formed the base for my future successes. Fast forward twelve (years) after my very first chess game, and I am now a freshman on a full scholarship at Harvard University."
— Rodrigo Leal, National Chess Champion

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