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.


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. 

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

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!

February 5-17: 

Cairns' Cup, Saint Louis, Missouri, a round-robin tournament featuring ten of the World's top female players/

Feb. 9, Pennsylvania

1st Annual NE Regional Women & Girls Championship $1050 RB Open-4SS G/60,d5; U1000 Schol-5SS,G/30,d5. College Hill Moravian Church,
72 W Laurel St, Bethlehem, Pa,2 Sections:Open:($1050 Based on 40 entries) $350-250-150,U1900-U1700-U1500-U1300-$75ea,U1000 Trophies:1st,2nd, 3rd-U800 1st,2nd,3rd-U600,Unr,EF:$30 by 2/4,$40 CASH on site,WGM/IM free ;$30 from prize, Reg:Ends 8:45a, Rds: Open 9,11:30,2:00,4:30, Scholastic U1000:9,10:30,12,2,3:30. Info: www.lehighvalleychesscub.org,4848663045, Checks payable toBruce Davis,1208 Linden St,Fl1,Bethlehem,PA 18018.

2019 Southeast All Girls Championship, March 9, 2019, CharlotteNorth Carolina

4 Rounds; G/60 Time Control: USCF Rated

Over $2,000 in Scholarships and Prizes!

Sponsored by:

Charlotte Chess Club

US Chess Federation 

US Chess Trust 


Championship, Under 800, Unrated

Open to Girls in Grades K-12 from: NC, SC, TN, VA, GA, AL, FL

$1,500 Scholarship to Winner of Championship Section

+ Free Entry to 2019 All Girls Nationals

$500 Scholarship to Winner of U800 Section

Trophies to Top 10 in Championship Section

Trophies to Top 10 in Under 800 Section

Trophies to Top 5 in Unrated Section + Medals to All Participants

More Information Can be Found: www.charlottechesscenter.org

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

May 2019

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


 FREE ENTRY thanks to generous tax-exempt donations by numerous Individuals and Sponsors
-- This epic Championship is sponsored by the Texas Chess Association, a 501(C)3 organization -- Please send your fully tax-deductible donation to: TCA Treasurer 2709 Longhorn Trail Crowley, TX 76036-4719 -- Put Texas Women's Chess in the memo line. -- Tax Deductible Donations can also be made online: https://texaschess.org/donations --
Plaques to Champion, 2nd Place, State Champions (if State Affiliate agrees), Reserve Champion, and Unrated Champion -- More prizes may be added, depending on entries and fundraising------Special Certificates (TBA) --
4 Round Swiss, G/60; d5
Affects both Quick and Regular rating. Round Times: 10:30 AM, 2:00 PM, 10:00 AM, 1:30 PM Byes: -- Half point byes available -- Check with Chief TD --
FREE -- Thanks to fully tax deductible donations from Generous Individuals and Sponsors -- , -- Send email to [email protected] -- Must validate with Chief TD before being paired -- State Affiliate membership required, Other state memberships accepted. -- Current US Chess Membership required --
Jim Hollingsworth, Chief Organizer, no later than HIGH NOON on Friday 2 August 2019 -- On-site Reg: -- Check In (No Walk-ins), Saturday, 17 August, 2019, 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM -- Community Room, North Richland Hills Library --
     -- Women's Banquet, Saturday 17 August 2019, 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM. E-mail: [email protected]
NOT a Scholastic Event -- NOT like any ordinary tournament -- All players must be Age 16+ -- Register no later than HIGH NOON on Friday, 2 August 2019 -- No Walk-in's -- This policy ensures we can plan, budget and deliver an epic Chess Experience for all. --

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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P.O. Box 3967, Crossville, TN 38557

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“My grandparents arrived in this country seeking a better quality of life, so having the US flag next to my name on the chessboard touches my heart. Our national federation is always there to support me.”
— Claudia Muñoz, on representing US Chess