Eliminating Barriers to Success in Chess

Chess Girls DC is eliminating barriers to success !

Join me in making a difference? Chess Girls DC (chessempowersgirls.org )is hosting a fundraiser. Chess Girls DC mission is to build the confidence of Girls using Chess as a tool. We do this by providing support in the areas of chess education, creating tournaments and supporting girls to participate in national events with the highest priority on minorities, access and inclusion for persons with disabilities, hard of hearing and deaf persons. Previously Chess Girls DC has raised money to send three children of color to represent Washington DC in the tournament of champions national chess tournament. We believe success is not guaranteed but opportunity should be.
This year one of our students earned the nomination to represent Washington, DC in the prestigious U.S. Chess Federation National Haring Girls Tournament of Champions.  Less than 1 percent of African- American girls ever reach the qualifications to participate in the Girls National Tournament of Champions to represent Washington, DC.   Directly following this tournament, Sarah will be competing in the 2022 U.S. Chess Open which will be held in the same venue.

The tournaments will be held in Rancho Mirage, California. We need to raise $4500 to support Sarah's journey to  compete in this event. This year AAA reports the cost of travel across the country has gone up by 45 percent and has affected everyone adversely.
The money will be used as follows
  • $1500 for the air fare ( Sarah ,parent & coach )
  • $2000 for hotel ( $149 + tax  for 11  days)
  • $1000 for food, transportation for 11 days
  • $150 registration
Why does Sarah deserve your donation?
Sarah is very prepared and works very hard daily before school, studying tactics and completing chess puzzles daily. She receives weekly coaching. Sarah won the 2019 Mid-Atlantic Regional Tournament in her section. She notates and understand algebraic coordination very well.

Over the years, Sarah has been instrumental in raising money for other students, male and female, to travel to national chess tournaments. Now she needs the support from her community! This spring Sarah won 1st place in her section in the regional Spring Gambit in Washington,DC

Sarah is teaching online during the COVID

Sarah hosted a podcast about Great Leaders having the same attributes as great Chess Players. You can view it at chessempowersgirls.org
During the height of the COVID, every weekend for 2 months, Sarah bravely participated in a chess gift-away in underserved communities giving away over 250 chess sets and books to at-risk students to stimulate productive thinking, eliminate idle-mindedness and avoid depression. Sarah also taught chess virtually to encourage students, especially girls, to take their minds off of the dismal COVID situation.

Sarah is an inspiration to other children of color as an example that competing at a high level is possible if they work hard. Sarah is deeply involved in supporting the community to learn Chess. Now she is counting on the community to eliminate her barriers to success!
Please donate to Sarah's journey to the U.S. Chess Girls National Haring Tournament of Champions and the  2022 U.S. Chess Open. 

To see more about our community impact go to chessempowersgirls.org This is the 4th time Chess Girls DC has sent a child of color to the National Tournament of Champions to represent the District of Columbia. Help us to be successful again !
  • Debra Smith 
    • $25 
    • 14 hrs
  • Marc Rotenberg 
    • $250 
    • 9 d
  • Jonathan Crumiller 
    • $200 
    • 10 d
  • Troy Bent 
    • $100 
    • 10 d
  • Dan Bailiff 
    • $50 
    • 12 d
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Robin Ramson 
Washington D.C., DC
chess girls dc 
Registered nonprofit
Donations are typically 100% tax deductible in the US.