Kasparov Chess Foundation Presents 2012 All-Girls National Chess Championships
By Richard Krueger   
October 18, 2011
 Ninth annual tournament takes place at Chicago’s Swissotel on April 20 – 22, 2012.

Chicago, IL, Oct. 18, 2011 -- Kasparov Chess Foundation announced the Ninth Annual National All-Girls Chess Championships, to be held in downtown Chicago, IL, at the Swissotel, April 20 - 22, 2012.  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 Foundation 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.

"When we started the tournament nearly a decade ago, we envisioned a competition open to all female students from all over the United States.  We have realized our vision, as the All Girls Chess Championships has turned into much more than a tournament – it’s a celebration for young women, who share a similar passion for the game of chess," said Michael Khodarkovsky, President of Kasparov Chess Foundation.

All events will be hosted at the luxurious Swissotel Hotel; 323 E. Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL 60611; Phone: 888-737-9477.  A special chess rate of $169, that includes full breakfast, will be offered to participants and their families if reserved by March 15, 2012.  

The tournament schedule follows:

Main Event, Six Round Swiss System, G/90:
Fri., April 20: Opening Ceremony: 6:00 PM
Fri., April 20: Rounds 1; 6:30 PM
Sat., April 21: Rounds 2 - 4; 10:00 AM, 2:30 PM & 6:30 PM
Sun., April 22: Rounds 5 – 6; 9:00 AM & 1:00 PM
Sun., April 22: 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 20, 1:00 PM
Entry fee: $25 per team

Blitz Tournament G/5
Friday April 20, 3:00 PM
Entry fee: $15 by 4/19, $20 after/on-site

Enter Early and Save
The competition is now accepting entry applications for participants. Entry fee: $50 through 3/25, $70 by 4/8; $85 by 4/19.  $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/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 programs to schools and community groups in the Chicago area. Through our Chess for Chicago initiative we sponsor programs for and provide equipment to Title I schools. We also organize local and regional tournaments and community events. For more information, please visit http://www.renaissanceknights.org
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 http://www.uschess.org

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

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