Chess Empowers Girls
Our mission is to build the confidence of girls through Chess
The mission of Chess Girls DC is to build the confidence of Girls using Chess as a tool. Chess teaches persistence. The Chess Girls DC program develops a solid foundation of chess knowledge taught in a way that properly prepares girls to apply it in a productive fashion, in order that every maneuver becomes a way to practice effective thinking.
Chess Girls DC 501c3 Nonprofit Organization was launched in response to scientific evidence that self-confidence plays a tremendous role in a girl’s approach to course work that requires higher level thinking skills and challenging circumstances. Chess teaches the focus and strategic thinking used to successfully tackle college examinations. Scientific studies show that, confidence in one’s abilities has a significant impact on learning and performance on many levels. Self-belief about one’s ability determines how well students motivate themselves and persevere in the face of difficulty.
Chess Girls DC is a nonprofit organization created to provide a space for all girls to play Chess and Thrive.
On the anniversary of our 9th year, Chess Girls DC is most proud of the community that helps us provide resources to teach and assist girls with travel to compete in national tournaments and professional coaching to elevate their tournament performance.
Our vision is to prepare girls to be global citizens and leaders. They will be equipped to tackle complex issues and promote positive change in their communities through the intellectual engagement and strategic thinking achieved by playing Chess.
Over the years, Chess Girls DC presented several approaches to teaching chess to students during the year and incorporating family engagement. Rest assured that our commitment to a solid foundation continues with our online classes.
·Student led Podcast about Chess Players and Leadership Series
Our students are doing exciting things!
Participate in tournament play, enjoy discussions, learn to improve your chess game.
Congratulations to Sarah. She represented the District of Columbia in the 2022 Haring Girls National Tournament of Champions and the 2023 Middle School Barber tournament of Champions.
Funded by the U.S. State Department and the Embassy of France, Chess Girls DC hosted an intercultural exchange with students from France, Martinique, Guadalupe, French Guyana Our focus was the impact on girls through our unique leadership model.
Funded by the U.S. State Department and the Embassy of Mexico Chess Girls DC hosted and intercultural exchange to to focus on Chess as a Science and empowering girls in STEM. For more information go tohttps://eca.state.gov/sports-diplomacy/sports-visitors
Chess Girls DC hosted a week of advanced Chess training for visiting students from Colombia at the Colombian Embassy. The students were instructed by National Master David Bennett
The students participated in a Simul with
International Master Oladapu Adu
Students enjoyed dinner and chess tournament at the end of the week with youth from the MD, VA and DC region
Students from Colombia enjoyed meeting youth from Howard University, Catholic Universtiy and students from around the region.
Using online platforms students will acquire a strong foundation
Exciting tournaments with prizes
Safe place for girls to study Chess and Thrive !
Meet Lauren Goodkind
What's more powerful than confident girls playing chess? Not much! If the queen is the most powerful piece in chess, then it makes sense to see the best moves of two of the top queens of chess -- Vera Menchik and Judit Polgar!
A spotlight on the gender gap in the world of competitive scholastic chess.
The 2020 U.S. Women's Championship is an online national championship event, featuring 12 of the strongest female chess players in America.
Famous chess coach Elizabeth Spiegel, as featured in "Brooklyn Castle" talks about the importance of using the 7th rank for a strong rook. This lesson is a follow-up from her piece on Open Files.
Womens International Master at 13, Akshita inspires the girls to be consistent playing at least 4 mini games a day to improve.
Fiona has represented Maryland as the state champion more than once. She encourages the class to continue expolre your possibilities and playing daily games is the best experience
As a Women's Female Master, Sanjana encourages the class to stay in the fight ! As the New Jersey state champion 3 years in a row she definitely proves girls rule !
Timeless advice to help you improve your chess game.
Tips to Balance Chess and School Classes
It is definitely not easy to manage trying to improve in chess as well as academics (especially for high school students). Elementary students will have more time to practice chess. But there are ways to balance both improving in chess and academics. It’s very important to make the best use of the time we are given, and follow a daily plan to finish school homework and get time to improve in chess.
In a future article, I will recommend some very important chess books for beginners.
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