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 5th 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.
Over the years, Chess Girls DC presented several approaches to teaching chess to students during the year and incorporating family engagement.
· Weekly lectures by an experienced chess professionals
· Supervised chess games with volunteers
· Video conferencing with young up and coming higher ranked chess players
· Students were taught how to use chess clocks
· All students received age appropriate books to encourage chess literacy
· Students were taught and practiced chess notation
· Lessons were guided by chess books appropriate for younger students
· Students were given weekly take home activities to reinforce lesson
· Students had the ability to participate in on line chess education (chesskids.com) with videos, lectures and chess puzzles.
· Students participate in the end of the semester recognition award ceremony for personal accomplishments during semester
· Students were coached and supported to participate in local and national tournaments.
Chess Girls DC 501c3 organization hosted the Regional Girls Mid Atlantic tournament.
· There are field trips to meet Chess masters
· Chess Girls DC exposed parents to chess scholarship opportunities
· Chess Players and Leadership Series
Meet 10 year old Ayah, the 2019 fourth grade Mid Atlantic Chess Champion. She represented Washington,DC at the All Girls National Tournament of Champions. She is the youngest and the first African American girl to represent Washington, DC. Ayah has been part of Chess Girls DC for 5 years.
This short documentary demonstrates the lessons and experiences we learn growing up: winning, losing, striving toward a goal and overcoming pressures and obstacles . It provides a thrilling insight into facing a challenge head-on through the eyes of a child. Queens in Training was an official selection of nine film festivals.
Chess Girls DC serves to celebrate the spirit of effort and persistence.
Every month we will post helpful articles 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.
As a pioneer member of Chess Girls DC we are so proud that she earned the first place position of the 10 year old section in the 2019 District of Columbia All Girls Regional Chess Tournament
Chess Girls DC building a community of possibility thinkers
A member since 2013, Sarah and Ayah love competing with their friends, looking forward to All Girls Nationals in Chicago. Ayah is the 2019 4th grade Mid Atlantic Chess Champion . This is the first time a girl from Washington,DC has held this position.Ayah also represented DC in the 2018 Tournament of champions invitational.
We have been hit hard by the economical effects of Corona virus. Your donations support our efforts to continue programing that develops strategic thinking and executive function skills. Chess Girls DC is a 501c3 Nonprofit.
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