Kasparov Chess Foundation Presents 2011 All-Girls Nationals
By Richard Krueger   
November 15, 2010
Chicago, IL, Nov. 15, 2011 -- Kasparov Chess Foundation announced the Eighth Annual National All-Girls Chess Championships, to be in Chicago, IL, at the Doubletree Chicago Magnificent Mile Hotel, April 8 - 10, 2011.  The non-profit chess educational organization, founded by world chess champion Garry Kasparov, is hosting this year's tournament in association with the Renaissance Knights Chess Club, The University of Texas at Dallas, and the United States Chess Federation (USCF).

This year, as in previous years, the tournament welcomes girls from public, private and home-schools. Teams will compete within the following age categories: 8 years old and younger; 10 years old and younger; 12 years old and younger; 14 years old and younger; 16 years old and younger; 18 years old and younger.

As a special award, The University of Texas at Dallas , has established a new Chess II Scholarship for the winner of the 18 years old and younger section. The scholarship is valued at $105,000 for an out-of-state student.  More information on the scholarship can be found at http://www.utdallas.edu/chess/chess-team/chess-program-scholarships.html.

"This is the eighth consecutive year that we're sponsoring and organizing the All Girls Nationals and promises to be the biggest and best yet," said Michael Khodarkovsky, President of Kasparov Chess Foundation. "We're particularly pleased that The University of Texas at Dallas is continuing their support of young women in chess by establishing a full scholarship," he added.

All events will be hosted at the Doubletree Chicago Magnificent Mile Hotel;

300 East Ohio St., Chicago, IL 60611; Phone: (312) 787-6100.  A special chess rate of $139 will be offered to participants and their families if reserved by March 11, 2011

The tournament schedule follows:

Main Event, Six Round Swiss System, G/90:
Fri., April 8: Opening Ceremony: 6:00 PM
Fri., April 8: Rounds 1; 6:30 PM
Sat., April 9: Rounds 2 - 4; 10:00 AM, 2:30 PM & 6:30 PM
Sun., April 10: Rounds 5 - 6; 9:00 AM & 1:00 PM
Sun., April 10: Awards Ceremony: 5:00 PM

Trophies will be awarded to the top 15 individual players and top three teams in each section. Three or more players from the same school make up a team (team scores will be calculated based on the top 3 scores to give teams their final standings). All players will receive a souvenir to honor their participation.

Side Events
In addition to the main competition, several side events will be taking place. Following is the schedule of side events:

Bughouse Tournament

Friday April 8, 1:00 PM
Entry fee: $25 per team

Blitz Tournament G/5

Friday April 8, 3:00 PM
Entry fee: $15 if p/m by March 27, $20 on site

Enter Early and Save

The competition is now accepting entry applications for participants. Entry fee: $50 through 3/13, $70 by 3/27, $85 by 4/7, or $90 on-site. All participants are required to be members of the US Chess Federation (USCF), www.uschess.org. Applicants can either register online by visiting www.renaissanceknights.org/event/allgirls or www.kasparovchessfoundation.org, or via mail.  Make checks payable to RKnights:

Attn: All Girls

Address: PO Box 1074, Northbrook, IL 60065
Tel: (773) 844-0701
E-mail: [email protected]

About Kasparov Chess Foundation
Founded by World Chess Champion Garry Kasparov, KCF's mission is to bring the many educational benefits of chess to children throughout the United States by providing a complete chess curriculum and enrichment programs. The Foundation promotes the study of chess as a cognitive learning tool in curricular classes and after-school programs for elementary, middle and high schools, both in the public and private school sectors. The not-for-profit educational organization also organizes tournaments and competitions on a local and national basis. For more information, please visit http://www.kasparovchessfoundation.org.

About Renaissance Knights
Renaissance Knights Chess Foundation is a non-profit educational organization which provides affordable, fun and high quality chess education to schools and  community groups through after school enrichment and in the classroom programs  in the Chicago area. Through our Chess for Chicago initiative we sponsor chess programs and equipment for title I schools. We also organize local and regional tournaments and community events. For more information, please visit http://www.renaissanceknights.org.
About The University of Texas at Dallas
The University of Texas at Dallas, located at the convergence of Richardson, Plano and Dallas in the heart of the complex of major multinational technology corporations known as the Telecom Corridor®, enrolls more than 17,000 students. The school's freshman class traditionally stands at the forefront of Texas state universities in terms of average SAT scores. The University offers a broad assortment of bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs. For additional information about UT Dallas, please visit the University's website at utdallas.edu.

About The USCF
The United States Chess Federation, founded in 1939, serves as the governing body for chess in the United States and is devoted to extending the role of chess in American society. It promotes the study and knowledge of the game of chess, for its own sake as an art and enjoyment, and as a means for the improvement of society. The USCF is a not-for-profit membership organization with more than 90,000 members. For more information, please see uschess.org .


Richard Krueger            
Chess Foundation                
(212) 784-9273                               
[email protected] 

James Stallings

University of Texas at Dallas   
[email protected]  
(972) 883-4899

David Heiser

Renaissance Knights
[email protected]
(773) 844-0701