Chess Girls DC

Building the confidence of Girls using Chess as a tool

Classes have resumed for Saturday,May 27, 2019. Girls Chess Tournament May 4, 2019 Pepco Gallery

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About Us


Our Story, Our mission

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.


Experience a breakthrough with our team

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  ( 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


Girls realize that they can intellectually challenge the world

Meet 10 year old Ayah, the newest 4th 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.

Ayah Swan Girl of the Year

Congratulations to Ayah Swan


The 2018 All Girls representative for the District of Columbia. 

She actively competes in Robotics competitions in addition her  Chess studies.

Dream Big Play Tough


Ayah is the 2019 4th grade Mid Atlantic Chess Champion . This is the first time a girl from Washington,DC has held this position.

Chess Girls DC Pioneer


A member since 2013, Ayah loves competing with her friends, looking forward to  All Girls Nationals in Chicago.

Save the date All Girls Regional in Washington DC October 19, 2019

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Chess Girls DC is a place where girls intellectually challenge the world.