About DC Scholastic Chess

Our Story Our Mission

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Welcome to DC Scholastic Chess website. 

Our mission is to give students access to rated and unrated chess tournaments in Washington,DC.  Students across the metropolitan area are invited to participate. DC Scholastic Chess volunteers are community partners with the US Chess Center, Capital Area Chess care of  Chess Girls DC 501c3 Nonprofit Organization.


On behalf of the DC State Affiliate of the USCF, DC Scholastic Chess events via Chess Girls DC Nonprofit Organization are endorsed by the DC Chess League and the United States Chess Federation to directly sponsor and hold (or arrange for)  annual United States Chess Federation (USCF) rated State Championships, directly sponsor and hold (or arrange for) annual USCF rated Scholastic State High School, Junior High or Middle School and Elementary School Championships. Examples include but are not limited to statewide or geographically rotating Rated Beginner and Open tournaments as well as participation in National Chess Day Activities, Regional and/or National Championships. Chess Girls DC is endorsed by the DC Scholastic Chess program coordinator to arrange and promote participation and events for women and girls within Washington,DC and the surrounding metropolitan area.

Unrated and Rated Scholastic Tournaments

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Are you a beginner, expert, or somewhere in between? Not to worry! There is a level for everyone.  Register today for Scholastic Chess Tournaments.

Commitment to Learning

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Our mission is to inspire all students to play Chess.We encourage critical thinking and emphasize the learning process over winning. 

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Registration Grade Championship Chess Tournament. Submit payment below

Your registration is not complete until you pay below.

Contact the US Chess Center for details  e-mail: admin@chessctr.org  for tournament services

Register at dcscholasticchess.org

Email: DC Scholastic Chess@gmail.com

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Grade 9-12 High School Chess Championship February 8, 2020

$20.00
Pay with PayPal or a debit/credit card

High School Only Chess Tournament. Rated and unrated sections. Doors open at 915a

Games start at 12:30am  Seating limited. First priority given to DC Residents due to seating capacity. 

EPIC Office

1519 New Hampshire Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20036

 

Must register in advance for pairings. Arrive at 12:15 if you need rating membership or update. 

Disclosure DC Scholastic Chess

By Registering and submitting payment for the Chess Tournament you agree to the following.

   

Assumption of Risk and Release of Liability

Chess Girls DC/ DC Scholastic Events

for Use of tournament Space

By registering for the chess tournament I am aware, my child is attending chess tournament hosted by the Chess Girls DC Program (“Program”), a nonprofit organization. Images of my child may be used to promote the activities of the program on social media or Chess Girls DC/ DC Scholastic events website. In exchange for use of this Space, I agree to the following:

ASSUMPTION OF RISK: I understand that use of the Space is voluntary and that there are risks associated with use of the Space. I voluntarily assume any such risks. My child will do his/her best to be well behaved and I agree to supervise my child, children at all time. I understand this is not a drop off program.

RELEASE OF LIABILITY: I do not release or assign responsibility of my Child to Chess Girls DC, it’s volunteers, vendors, contractors or officers. I knowingly release, waive, and forever discharge Chess Girls DC, its agents, employees, vendors, contractors, volunteers, officers, and trustees from any and all claims or liability for injury or damages (including loss or damage to property) arising from or attributable to my or my child’s presence during the chess tournament, unless it is due to willful or intentional misconduct or negligence. 

DAMAGES: I agree to be held responsible for any damage done to the “Space” by my child, aside from normal wear and tear, that was a result of the conduct of me and my child to be determined by the “Space” in its sole discretion.

RULES: I agree to abide by the policies, rules, and regulations of the chess tournament and with all applicable state, federal, and city laws and regulations. If any laws, regulations, rules, or policies are broken, I understand that the “Space” may, in its sole discretion and in addition to any other remedy that may be available, terminate my participation in the chess tournament under this Agreement and require me to leave immediately.

I have read and understood the above provisions and agree to be bound by them.

 

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January 11 High School Warm up

Save the date February 2020

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Fun was had by all.

Register for Grade Championship series

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Looking forward to the new high school champion

2020 Rated Player Rally

$100 will sponsor 8 students to become rated players. Please donate to Chess Girls DC Nonprofit Or

Why become a rated player?

If you are a DC resident,Chess Girls DC, sponsor of DC Scholastic Chess events will donate a USCF rating membership to every student who registers for the 2020 District of Columbia Grade Championships. This is a gift to students who have never had a USCF membership before. Students from around the region are welcome to come out and play regardless of residency.


If you need to renew your membership please bring your old number and you can  renew for additional $5.00 vs. normal renewal of $25.00 for premium membership

 

What is a chess rating?

 USCF stands for United State Chess Federation and is the rating system  used throughout the United States. To participate in USCF rated events  your must have a USCF membership. A USCF rating is required to receive  the title of National Master or Grandmaster.  https://new.uschess.org/join-uschess/


A USCF rating allows you to be more closely paired in tournaments with students who have similar skill sets.


A Chess Rating is a number typically ranging from 400-2000+.  It is  an estimate of a person’s tournament playing strength. You receive a  rating after playing in a rated tournament once your name is entered  into the database of players. The number will go up or down depending on  how well you do against other rated players.


Here is a list of sample  ratings and how they typically correlate to chess skill:

400      Rating assigned before first tournament

800      A player who knows some basics and sees a fair number of threats/opportunities

1200    A developing chess player who is understanding some chess strategy

1600    A player headed towards the top scholastic player level.

2000    Expert Level – very few players reach this level while in grade school


Should I use my student’s rating as a way to help them set goals?  

Ratings can be very motivational as a means to set goals, and I will  frequently tell students that you should set a rating that is about 300  rating points above where you currently are and strive for that goal.  However, once you are within 100 points of your original goal, celebrate  your progress and plan to adjust that goal up approximately 300 points  again. Why? Simply because, typically, if you set a high goal, you will  quickly advance through the lower levels, but setting too high of a goal  becomes ‘unattainable’ and frustrating to a student. 


"Rating advice from Elliott Neff  (National Master and Founder of Chess4Life)" 

https://chess4life.com/chess-rating-questions-answered/

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We love Donations

Support Chess Girls DC.Donations spread our resources across the city.

Pay with PayPal or a debit/credit card
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2019 Regional Girls Chess Tournament was a big success !

Looking forward to next year ! Expected date October 3, 2020

Hilton Garden Inn

1225 First Street NE

Washington, DC 20002

5 Sections: Unde 18 Girls (Age as of Jan 1 2019) -  Section maybe combined with Under 14, Under 14 (Age as of Jan 1 2019) -  Section maybe combined with Under 18, Under 10 (Age as of Jan 1 2019),  Under 8 (Age as of Jan 1 2019), Unrated Section (Under 18)

4 Rounds Swiss, G/45;d5

 

Unde 18 Girls (Age as of Jan 1 2019) - Section maybe combined with Under 14

Prizes:   $300 $150 $100  (Top 3 Prizes Guaranteed.)  Trophies for Top 5 Individual Places, Trophies for tied for 5th place;  Trophy for Top Under 17/Under 16/Under 15; And Medals for 2.5 points or  above;   Format: 4 Round Swiss, G/45;d5 Affects both Quick and Regular rating. Round Times: Round 1 starts 9am. Subsequent rounds ASAP after that section completed. Entry Fees:     , Early bird registration $45.00 until September 30, 2019; $50.00 after Sep 30 until Oct 18, 2019.; $55.00 After and Onsite.  Entries To: Mailed Entries until Oct 12th ONLY:  Chess Girls DC,1440 Newton Street, Washington,DC 20017 Online entries to http://www.capitalareachess.com/3rdmidatlantic-allgirls-2019.htmlOn-site Reg: Registration closes 830am at tournament site. Advance  Entries will be posted here:  http://www.capitalareachess.com/3rd-midatlantic-all-girls---advance-entries.html    

Under 14 (Age as of Jan 1 2019) - Section maybe combined with Under 18

Prizes:   Trophies for Top 5 Individual Places, Trophies for tied for 5th place;  Trophy for Top Under 13/Under 12/Under 11; Medals for 2.5 points or  above;  Format: 4 Round Swiss, G/45;d5 Affects both Quick and Regular rating. Round Times: Round 1 starts 9am. Subsequent rounds ASAP after that section completed. Entry Fees:     , Early bird registration $45.00 until September 30, 2019; $50.00 after Sep 30 until Oct 18, 2019.; $55.00 After and Onsite.  Entries To: Mailed Entries until Oct 12th ONLY:  Chess Girls DC,1440 Newton Street, Washington,DC 20017 Online entries to http://www.capitalareachess.com/3rdmidatlantic-allgirls-2019.htmlOn-site Reg: Registration closes 830am at tournament site. Advance  Entries will be posted here:  http://www.capitalareachess.com/3rd-midatlantic-all-girls---advance-entries.html    

Under 10 (Age as of Jan 1 2019)

Prizes:   Trophies for Top 5 Individual Places, Trophies for tied for 5th place;  Trophy for Top Under 9; and Medals for 2.5 points or above;  Format: 4 Round Swiss, G/45;d5 Affects both Quick and Regular rating. Round Times: Round 1 starts 9am. Subsequent rounds ASAP after that section completed. Entry Fees:     , Early bird registration $45.00 until September 30, 2019; $50.00 after Sep 30 until Oct 18, 2019.; $55.00 After and Onsite.  Entries To: Mailed Entries until Oct 12th ONLY:  Chess Girls DC,1440 Newton Street, Washington,DC 20017 Online entries to http://www.capitalareachess.com/3rdmidatlantic-allgirls-2019.htmlOn-site Reg: Registration closes 830am at tournament site. Advance  Entries will be posted here:  http://www.capitalareachess.com/3rd-midatlantic-all-girls---advance-entries.html    

Under 8 (Age as of Jan 1 2019)

Prizes:   Trophies for Top 5 Individual Places, Trophies for tied for 5th place;  Trophy for Top Under 7 in Under 8 Section; and Medals for 2.5 points or  above; Format: 4 Round Swiss, G/45;d5 Affects both Quick and Regular rating. Round Times: Round 1 starts 9am. Subsequent rounds ASAP after that section completed. Entry Fees:     , Early bird registration $45.00 until September 30, 2019; $50.00 after Sep 30 until Oct 18, 2019.; $55.00 After and Onsite.  Entries To: Mailed Entries until Oct 12th ONLY:  Chess Girls DC,1440 Newton Street, Washington,DC 20017 Online entries to http://www.capitalareachess.com/3rdmidatlantic-allgirls-2019.htmlOn-site Reg: Registration closes 830am at tournament site. Advance  Entries will be posted here:  http://www.capitalareachess.com/3rd-midatlantic-all-girls---advance-entries.html    

Unrated Section (Under 18)

Prizes:   Trophies/Medals depending on number of registered players Format: 4 Round Swiss, G/30;d5 Affects both Quick and Regular rating. Round Times: Round 1 starts 9am. Subsequent rounds ASAP after that section completed. Entry Fees:     , Early bird registration $45.00 until September 30, 2019; $50.00 after Sep 30 until Oct 18, 2019.; $55.00 After and Onsite.  Entries To: Mailed Entries until Oct 12th ONLY:  Chess Girls DC,1440 Newton Street, Washington,DC 20017 Online entries to http://www.capitalareachess.com/3rdmidatlantic-allgirls-2019.htmlOn-site Reg: Registration closes 830am at tournament site. Advance  Entries will be posted here:  http://www.capitalareachess.com/3rd-midatlantic-all-girls---advance-entries.html     Byes: Only one 1/2 point bye allowed (Requested/Revoked before Round 2 starts) For More Information: Robin Ramson (Organizer) / Anand Dommalapati (Chief TD) E-mail: chessgirlsdc@gmail.com / info@capitalareachess.com   

If you need a USCF rating Membership

Join US Chess today to enjoy the many benefits of membership, including:

  • Earning a rating in the Official National Rating System for over the board tournaments
  • Receiving monthly copies of Chess Life magazine or bi-monthly Chess Life For Kids magazine (online and print options available)
  • Getting rated in our new Online Quick and Blitz US Chess-rated tournaments
  • Participating in events at uschess.org

We offer a range of different youth and adult memberships, as well as discounts for family memberships.

Support a Chess Club

For some schools chess is not in the budget. Your contribution of $200 or more will enable us to provide chess equipment for a school that you designate or that we are in contact with.

Pay with PayPal or a debit/credit card

Contact Us

Email us at dcscholasticchess@gmail.com

DC Scholastic Chess