Vivien Thomas Chess Challenge

American Legion Cook-Pinkney Post 141

Event Overview

Sections: K-1, K-3, K-5, K-8, K-12

Awards: Individual 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place trophy for each section. Top girl trophy for each section.

Format: 4-SS (4 rounds / games; Swiss System - everyone plays 4 games).
G/25,d5 (25 minutes per side, 5 second delay per move).

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

Entry fee:

  • $25 - Standard rate
  • $40 - Supporter rate; comparable to tournaments around the region 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.

Please pay at the door upon check-in.

Register online at

Please register early! No onsite registration!
Registration closes 6/21 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: American Legion Post 141, Anne Arundel County Commission for Veterans Affairs, Anne Arundel County Branch NAACP, 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 Vivien Thomas

Vivien Theodore Thomas (1910-1985) was an American laboratory supervisor who developed a procedure used to treat blue baby syndrome (now known as cyanotic heart disease) in the 1940s. He was the assistant to surgeon Alfred Blalock in Blalock's experimental animal laboratory at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, and later at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. Thomas was unique in that he did not have any professional education or experience in a research laboratory; however, he served as supervisor of the surgical laboratories at Johns Hopkins for 35 years. In 1976, Hopkins awarded him an honorary doctorate and named him an instructor of surgery for the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Without any education past high school, Thomas rose above poverty and racism to become a cardiac surgery pioneer and a teacher of operative techniques to many of the country's most prominent surgeons.


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Annapolis, MD 21401
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FIDE Rated: No
Handicap Accessible: No
Residency Restriction: No
Online Event: No

Organizer Overview

DC State Chess Federation
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