Lucy Diggs Slowe Chess Challenge

Bryant Street Market

Event Overview

Sections: Open (all ages), K-1 Championship, K-1 U400, K-3 Championship, K-3 U600, K-5 Championship, K-5 U600, K-8 Championship, K-8 U600, K-12 Championship, K-12 U800

You may play in sections with ages higher than yours, but not lower.
U### sections are limited to players with USCF ratings below that number, or players without USCF ratings.

Format: 4-SS (4 rounds / games; Swiss System - everyone plays 4 games).
G/45,d5 (45 minutes per side, 5 second delay per move).

Schedule:  Check in 9:15 am - 9:45 am. 1st round starts at 10 am.


  • Open section (based on 20+ entries): 1st = $200, 2nd = $75, $3rd = $50, U1600 = $50
  • Scholastic sections: Individual 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place trophy for each section. Top team trophy for each championship section. Top girl trophy for each section. Cash prizes for championship sections:
    • K-12: Trophies plus 1st = $50, 2nd = $30, 3rd = $20
    • K-8: Trophies plus 1st = $35, 2nd = $25, 3rd = $15
    • K-5: Trophies plus 1st = $25, 2nd = $20, 3rd = $10
    • K-3: Trophies plus 1st = $15, 2nd = $10, 3rd = $5
    • K-1: Trophies only

Entry fee: Please pay at the door upon check-in.

  • Open section: $35
  • Scholastic sections:
    • $25 - Standard rate
    • $40 - Supporter rate; comparable to tournaments in Maryland and Virginia and enables you to contribute to DC State Chess Federation’s mission of ensuring chess access and opportunities to all.
    • $5 - Access rate; available for all for whom a higher entry fee is an obstacle.

Register online at

Please register early! No onsite registration!
Registration closes 5/10 at 9 pm!

Please email Click here to show mail address or text (202) 557-9516 for more information.
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Sponsored by: MRP Realty, Ateya Productions, and the DC State Chess Federation

About the DC State Chess Federation

The DC State Chess Federation provides accessible and affordable opportunities for all children, adults, and seniors to learn and play chess in and around the District of Columbia, particularly people of color who are historically underrepresented in chess and to build bridges between people of diverse backgrounds.

About Lucy Diggs Slowe

Lucy Diggs Slowe (1885-1937) was an American educator and athlete. She was a tennis champion, winning the national title of the American Tennis Association's first tournament in 1917, the first African-American woman to win a major sports title. In 1919, the District of Columbia asked Slowe to create the first junior high school in its system for Black students and then appointed her as principal. She led Shaw junior high school until 1922, creating the first integrated in-service training for junior high school teachers in the District. Slowe then served for 15 years as the first Dean of Women at Howard University, the first Black woman to serve as Dean of Women at any American university.


670 Rhode Island Avenue, NE
Washington, DC 20002
United States

Grand Prix Points:
Prize Fund:
FIDE Rated: No
Handicap Accessible: No
Residency Restriction: No
Online Event: No

Organizer Overview

DC State Chess Federation
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