2018 National Girls Tournament of Champions contenders. Also pictured: Maureen Grimaud, US Chess Women's co-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.


Ladies Knight chess classes, Thursday nights at the Saint Louis Chess Club at 6:30 PM in two separate sections, Pure Beginner and Intermediate with WGM Anna Sharevich.

Anna Sharevich at the 2015 U.S. Women's Championship.

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 

Pawns and Queens- Girls Chess Clinic,  - The City of Brownsville, in partnership with Priya Trakru, invite the community to attend the free Pawns & Queens: Chess Clinics for Girls at the Brownsville Public Library–Main Branch, 2600 Central Boulevard, Brownsville, Texas.  The Pawns & Queens: Girls Chess Clinic is the first of a series of chess clinics for girls ages 8 to 13, led by Brownsville resident and Women’s FIDE Master, Priya Trakru to encourage girls to pursue an education and career in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). The Pawns & Queens: Chess Clinics for Girls is funded by the Her Lead Fellowship for Young Women On Their Way. Snacks and free chess sets will be provided to registered participants. Please email [email protected] for more info. 

September 3, EL Paso, Texas : Tandem Simul with WIM Ivette Garcia Morales and GM Josh Friedel. Registration link: http://www.epicchess.org/register

Philadelphia Chess Society All Girls Tournament, September 29th, 2018 9 AM registration, 10 AM start
Community Center at Visitation, 2646 Kensington Avenue, Philadelphia, PA, 19125

Philly Girls at a summer chess camp, Photo Rachel Utain-Evans


Author Talk with Alisa Melekhina, September 29th, Philadelphia at the Northeast Regional Free Library 


Donna Dodson's sculpture will be on display at the Boston Sculptors Gallery this fall

October 5- November 7- Match of the Matriarchs, chess inspired art show at the Boston Sculptors Gallery

Girls Mid Altantic Regional- DC, October 20th, featuring special guest WGM Sabina Foisor. 

Contact [email protected] for more information. 

Oct. 20-21, 2018   South Central Regional All Women and Girls Chess Championships

US Chess Grand Prix Points: 10 (Enhanced)

5SS G/90 inc 30 Dallas Chess Club, 200 S. Cottonwood Dr. #C, Richardson, TX 75080. Open to all female players. US Chess Gender policy is available upon request or at www.uschess.org. EF:$40 , $20 for Junior/Senior/Birthday during the tournament/Additional Family member. $10 discount if from out of State. $$ $200 - $100. Class prizes, if any are based on entries. Reg.: Saturday from 9:45–10:15 am. Rds.: Sat 10:45 am-3:10pm-7:16pm, Sun 9:45 am- 2:10pm. One half point Bye allowed if requested before end of round 2 and before getting full point bye. Withdrawals and zero-point last round byes are not eligible for prizes. Highest finishing player from TX, LA, AR, OK or NM is the Regional Women’s Champ. ENT: Make/mail Checks payable to Dallas Chess Club, C/O Barbara Swafford, 2709 Longhorn Trail, Crowley, TX 76036-4719. Info: 214-632-9000.


The 2017 North American All Girls Championship

3rd Annual North American All Girls Championship
Nov 3-4, 2018 @ Biltmore, Santa Clara, CA 
20% discount for all out of state participants!
For 1400+ and 1000-1399 sections it’s a two day event with G/75;d5 time control. For under1000 sections it’s a 1-day event with G/30;d5 time control.
Fun side events such as puzzle competition, and blitz tournament on Saturday evening, as well as special face painter, balloon artist and henna maker will again be entertaining the girls and their families.

2017 North American Girls Championships


Midwest Regional All Girls Chess Tournament  November 24, 2018 

Chicago, Illinois.  Nearby the O’Hare Airport. Sponsored by Renaissance Knights Chess Foundation & All Americas Chess.

December 2018

Special Morning Camp with Alexey Root

Bay Area Chess on Thursday, December 27, 2018 at 9 AM- Noon

Facebook Event Page 


February: Maine Girls’ Closed Chess Championship, February 2, 2019

A nominating scholastic tournament open to Maine’s female K-12 chess players, Bangor Public Library, 145 Harlow Street, Bangor, Maine 4 Round US Chess Rated Swiss System Tournament; memberships available! Game/60, 5 second delay Registration: 8 - 9 AM, rounds at 9:10, 11:30, 1:40, 3:50; rounds may run sooner if games end early $10 Entry Fee Winner is the Maine nominee to the National Girls’ Tournament of Champions and the Susan Polgar Invitational, with alternates decided in tournament order; trophies to top three finishers! Tournament Director: Linh Nguyen, former NGTOC Maine nominee Tournament Organizers: Dan DeLuca and Michael Dudley, Maine Chess Association Vice President and President Email [email protected] to enter!

Maine Women’s Open Chess Championship-

Runs parallel to the Maine Girls’ Closed Championship at the Bangor Public Library, 145 Harlow Street, Bangor, Maine Open to all female players 4 Round USCF-Rated Swiss System Tournament; USCF memberships available on site! Game/60, 5 second delay Registration: 8 - 9 AM, rounds at 9:10, 11:30, 1:40, 3:50 $25 Entry Fee Winner is Maine Women’s State Champion Prizes: 1st $100, 2nd $75, 3rd $50 based on 10 entries Email [email protected] to enter!

April: 2019 KCF All-Girls National Championships, April 12 - 14 
Hyatt Regency McCormick Place
Chicago, IL 60616
(888) 421-1442 or (312) 567-1234
HR: $165 Single/Double/Triple/Quad

Presented by the Kasparov Chess Foundation and Renaissance Knights Chess

June: 2019 U.S. Women's Open - June 11-12 - Las Vegas, NV - additional details coming soon.

Past Events 

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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