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 

June 2019-

U.S. Women's Open, held from June 11-12 in conjunction with the Las Vegas International Chess Festival.

July 2019- 

US Junior Girls Championships (July 10-20, Saint Louis)

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. 


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 


Women's Speed Chess Champs on chess.com 

Find out more info on the first Women's Speed Chess Championships, hosted on chess.com and featuring two American players, IM Anna Zatonskih and GM Irina Krush. The qualifier takes place on May 8th- find out full details on the website. 


2019 U.S. Women's Open - June 11-12 - Las Vegas, NV in conjunction with the Las Vegas International Chess Festival. 

June 10-14- All Girls Chess Camp in Saint Louis, taught by IM Anna Zatonskih 

August 2019:

National Girls Tournament of Champions (NGTOC), Orlando, August 3-6, held in conjunction with the U.S. Open

International Master Norm Tournament, Aug 16-20, Berkeley, CA

New York: All-Girls Chess Camp, August 26-30, 2019 

Highlighted Past Events 

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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