Women are a growing segment of our US Chess community. We have made progress in growing the game for girls and women, recently boasting the largest number of female US Chess members ever. But our work is far from over. At US Chess, we aim to close in on an equal proportion of participation for women and men. Our initiatives include hosting Girls Clubs, the National Girls Tournament of Champions (Find out about our 2018 NGTOC champ here) and supporting other National events, such as the KCF All-Girls Nationals and the US Junior Girls Closed. To get involved, find a list of upcoming girls and women's events as well as a women's and girls news archive.
We also promote female participation at Open events. The award-winning Women's Chess committee hosts Girls' Clubs at Scholastic Championships and other National events, a space where girls of all levels can relax and bond between games and learn from strong female role models.
We urge you to join supporters like Richard and Barbara Schriffin, who donate the top prize at the NGTOC. Richard told US Chess, "We want to continue to encourage more girls and women to enter fields that have traditionally been filled by boys and men--engineering, math, science, technology, to name a few. Chess is a link to those fields because it teaches relational and abstract thinking, along with patience and perseverance." Richard also executive produced a short film by Jenny Schweitzer to highlight some brilliant young voices in the game. The New Yorker premiered the video on August 8, 2018.
Organizations like the U.S. Chess Federation are working to bring more girls to the game, but, of course, sexist attitudes aren’t unique to the world of scholastic chess—the girls are dealing with a snapshot of gender stereotyping that still pervades society. pic.twitter.com/ss71nt2kUD
— The New Yorker (@NewYorker) August 8, 2018
Reigning US Women's Champion Nazi Paikidze is also committed to encouraging women to pick up the game. She told Chess Life Magazine, "I will do everything I can to help get more girls into chess."
Women in US Chess have continued to thrive recently. In 2016, Maggie Feng became the only girl in history to win the National Junior High School Championship, while Sabina Foisor claimed the 2017 US Women's title in one of the most inspiring underdog US Championship stories in history.
In 2017, Dorsa Derakashani switched federations from Iran to US Chess, and wrote an inspiring New York Times article on the move. "America at its best reflects the values of chess."
In 2018, the momentum continued as Rianne Ke (California) became the first girl to win an Elementary Championship in Nashville, TN. Brooklyn Castle star Rochelle Ballantyne gave an inspiring interview on chess, her career and the importance of representation.
Help us build on the momentum and make a donation of any amount to our girl's and women's chess development fund.
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