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 [email protected] 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.

National Events

Girls Club Room at the Spring Scholastics in Columbus, Ohio (April 3-5), Jacksonville, Florida (April 24-26) and Nashville, TN (May 8-10). Details and exciting guests TBA. 

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.

Colorado Women's Chess and Wine Club 

Regal Bakery and Chess Cafe (1141 Syracuse St, Denver CO, 80220) 

Open to all women 21 and over.

This club is funded by the Colorado State Chess Association and is FREE to join! For more information, contact Kevin McConnell at [email protected] or 303-501-0974 and register online here.

  • FREE chess classes for women with head coach Gracie Mukayess
  • Sip wine and enjoy free hors d'oeuvres while learning The Royal Game
  • Learn effective strategies, tactics, vizualization and planning skills
  • Make new friends while learning about the fascinating world of chess
  • Be treated like a Queen - the most powerful piece on the board!

Mechanics' Institute Chess for Women Program: Free Chess Class for Beginner and Intermediate Women Players of All Ages, Sundays from 11 AM to 1 PM 

First time opportunity for women of all ages to receive benefits of chess instruction from a woman's perspective.

Where: Room 407 at the Mechanics' Institute,
57 Post St., San Francisco (near Montgomery BART)

Instructor: Ewelina Krubnik

More info on the Mechanics website 

Upcoming Events

February

February 2, Atlanta, Georgia:

Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Atlanta, 2500 Old Alabama Rd,
Suite 11, Roswell, GA 30076

Format: Women and Girls Only!! 
2 sections: Rated, Unrated. 4 rounds, G/30, d/5.
1st round begins at 1:00PM; 2nd, 3rd and 4th rounds begin as soon as
previous round ends.
Entry: Free!
Register: Pre-register at: https://atlchessclub.com/event-registration-list/, in person
9:00AM-12:30PM day of event, or call (678) 628-5615 day before event to
register by phone.
Prizes: Rated Section: 1st-$25, 2nd-$10, 3rd-$5.
Top three finishers in the Unrated Section receive trophies.
Top family team of two will also receive a trophy.

Women and Girls tournament flyer with full details 

February 7-17:

2020 Cairns Cup at the Saint Louis Chess Club, featuring ten of the top players in the World including reigning World Women's Champion GM Ju Wenjun. 

April

2020 All-Girls National Championships, April 17 – 19
Westin Chicago North Shore
Wheeling, IL 60090
(888) 937-8461 or (847) 777-6500
HR: $164 Single/Double/Triple/Quad

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.

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

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. 

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

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. 

Akshita Gorti, last year's US Junior Girls' Champ

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 

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

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