Arlington Chess Club

General ACC Information

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Membership & General Information:

Our focus is to provide a strong learning and playing experience for players of any age and any playing strength. The club has more than 200 active members, from advanced beginners to a Grand Master. About 20% of our members are kids aged 9-18. We eagerly accept anyone who wants to be a member of the club, but to be competitive, we suggest kids have already played adults and that they have a chess rating of 1000, or at least 900 if steadily improving.

Annual ACC dues are $75 for adults, then $60 for Juniors (18 years old and under) and Seniors (aged 65+).

To play on the club’s ladder or in other officially "rated" club games or events, members must also be members of the U.S. Chess Federation (USCF). USCF memberships start at $40/year for adults, with lower rates for seniors, youth, and additional family members.

Senior TD Adam Chrisney and Club TD Karl Peterson conduct our Blitz, Action, Action-Plus, Ladder and other chess events.

The Arlington Chess Club meets nearly every Friday starting at 7:00 p.m. Formal games start just after 8:00pm. We stay open until the last game is finished, which can be quite late.

Please bring your own chess equipment (set, board, clock)!!

Chess equipment and supplies are available at large chess tournaments and from various on-line vendors. Local vendor Todd Hammer sells books and basic equipment at ACC 1-2 Fridays per month.

Have a Question?: Membership, ladder inquiries and all other questions about ACC should be directed by e-mail to Adam Chrisney at:

Want Our Monthly Newsletter?: For regular club announcements, please send an e-mail to to receive our monthly newsletter.


Just drop on by and play for fun with friends, including 5-minute unrated blitz games. Analyze games, discuss and enjoy chess at your leisure!

Regular Tournaments:

We try to offer events for every player including Action / Action-Plus / Blitz / Quad tournaments! Once a month ACC offers a 3-round Friday Action (G/30, d5) tournament held at the same time as the Friday Ladder. And once a month on Saturdays ACC offers a 5-round Saturday Action-Plus (G/45) tournament! Blitz and Action Championships to return soon! And finally, there's the ACC Club Championship (4-5 games at 30/90, SD/60, d5)!

Look below under: "Other ACC Tournaments" for 1-2 day week-end events, including: Blitz, Action & Action-Plus.

Regional Tournament Clearinghouse:

This webpage is a weekly list of most tournaments in the VA/DC/MD area: Clearinghouse Webpage.

D.C. Chess League:

ACC-sponsored teams compete against teams from other DC metropolitan area clubs. Open and Class B teams compete about once a month. This provides a local opportunity to play and watch high-quality chess games!!

Go to their website for more on the DC Chess League Website.

Regarding DCCL documents, for the:

"Match Report Form:" Form.
"Winter '16-'17 Schedule:" Schedule,
"Summer '16 Schedule:" Schedule.

Simultaneous Exhibitions:

Visiting Grand Masters usually provide an hour lecture and then take on all challengers for a modest fee. Play against and learn from some of the world's strongest players!!

Lessons For the Young & Young at Heart:

Kids of all ages can take the opportunity to learn and improve from stronger players. Several ACC members give lessons. Inquire at the Friday club meeting!

**Temporarily Suspended** ACC GM Lecture Series: Join local GM Lawrence “Larry” Kaufman for an evening of fun chess instruction! Once every month, Larry will give a lecture on selected chess topics and then take questions for a total of an hour and a half each night. Larry is a well-known chess teacher, computer chess researcher, author of the highly regarded Kaufman Repertoire for Black and White and the earlier Chess Advantage for Black and White, and regular competitor in local and national chess events. Stephen Miller: "These lectures are AWESOME!" For more information, incuding future dates and topics, see: Flyer.

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ACC Friday Ladder

Play for Monthly Prize!!

The ACC ladder has run for over 2850 Friday evenings. Play one USCF-rated game per week at a 30/90, SD/60, d5 time control against someone close to your own strength.

USCF membership required!!

To play, arrive before 8:00 PM and sign-in on the ladder chart. Pairings are made at 8:10 p.m.

ACC Member with the best game results for the month (3-4 Fridays) is awarded a $50 prize!!

"Scroll down" for monthly results !!

See Flyer

ACC Friday Action

2017 DATES:

Jul-none, Aug 11, Sep 29, Oct 27, Nov 3, Dec 22

Play a number of rated games in one night! Members and non-members can play three G/30, d5 games in one evening every month!

USCF membership required!!

Entry fee is $15 ($10 for ACC members). Register from 7:00 - 8:10 p.m. and then games begin about 8:15 p.m.

Prizes will be awarded for 1st / 2nd with additional prizes based on the number of entries.

See Flyer

ACC Championships

Dec. 3 ?? - ACC Blitz Championship

ACC Blitz Championship: 7-round Double Swiss - G/3, d2. EF: $35, $25 pre-entry. Rds: Sat 8:00pm-8:20-8:40-9:00-9:20-9:40-10:00. Prizes based on entries - 80% returned as prizes. Rated games so players must be USCF-rated to enter. Only digital clocks!

See Flyer

(TBD) - ACC Action-Plus Championship

Play 7 round Swiss tournament at G/30, d5 time control. EF: $50-60. Rds: Fri 3-5-7-9 Sat 9-11-1. All digital clocks preferred over analog, delay over non-delay.

See Flyer

Dec. 2-4 ?? - ACC Club Championship / Arlington Open

Play 5-round Swiss tournament. Entry Fee $90, $75 pre-entry. Reg: Fri-6:00-7:15pm, Sat-9:00-9:45am.
3 SECTIONS: Open-U1800-U1200. Time control Open & U1800: G/2, d5. Rds: 7:30, 10-3, 10-2:30. U1200: G/45, d5. Rds: Sat 10-12-2-4-6.
PRIZES: Open: $400-300-200, U2000-$100. U1800: 300-200-100, U1500-$100. U1200: $300-200-100, U900-$100. ALL Sections, in addition to regular prizes: Top ACC Club Member: Trophy+$100.
Sunday Quads: 3RR G/60, d5. EF: $25. Reg: 9-10:45. Rds: 10-1-4. Prize: $50.

See Flyer

Other Tournaments

For all major tournaments in the VA/DC/MD area, go to the Regional Tournament Clearinghouse: Clearinghouse.

All ACC Dates Below are: CONFIRMED !!

Jul. 14 - ACC Blitz

5 rounds DoubleSwiss, G/3 +2. EF: $15-20. Flyer.

Jul. 22 - ACC Saturday Action-Plus

5 rounds G/45, d/5. EF: $35-45. Flyer.


Aug. 25 - ACC Blitz

5 rounds DoubleSwiss, G/3 +2. EF: $15-20. Flyer.

Sep. 8 - ACC Blitz

5 rounds DoubleSwiss, G/3 +2. EF: $15-20. Flyer.

Sep. 23 - ACC Saturday Action-Plus

5 rounds G/45, d/5. EF: $35-45. Flyer.

Oct. 13 - ACC Blitz

5 rounds DoubleSwiss, G/3 +2. EF: $15-20. Flyer.

Oct. 21 - ACC Saturday Action-Plus

5 rounds G/45, d/5. EF: $35-45. Flyer.

Nov. 11 - ACC Saturday Action-Plus

5 rounds G/45, d/5. EF: $35-45. Flyer.

Dec. 1 - ACC Blitz

5 rounds DoubleSwiss, G/3 +2. EF: $15-20. Flyer.

Dec. 16 - ACC Saturday Action-Plus

5 rounds G/45, d/5. EF: $35-45. Flyer.

Monthly Ladder Results

Members can play one USCF-rated game per week at a 30/90, SD/60, d5 time control against someone close to their own rating strength.

The ACC Member with the best game results, over a given month of 4-5 Fridays, wins!!


Player with best score for the month wins.

2017 Monthly Winners:

May: S. Kim
April: T. Lin, J. Northcutt, S. Kim
March: X. Jian, G. Menelik,
February: T. Hoopengardner, D. Aragon
January: W. Shreiba

2016 Monthly Winners:

December: D. Aragon
November: S. Vishwa, L. Bargramian, D. Aragon, E. Guo, J. Northcutt, M. Galvez Gargurevich
October: G. Menelik
September: D. Franco, A. Kobla
August: M. Hyland, D. Franco
July: X. Jian, R. Adakroy
June: X. Jian, L. Bagramian
May: J. Hiban
April: P. Nguyen
March: T. Hoopengardner, G. Menelik, J. K. Williams, D. Aragon, M. Hiban
February: R. Adhikari
January: R. Henri

Ladder Results :: June 2017

#Name/Rtng/IDRd 1Rd 2Rd 3Rd 4Rd 5
1Robert AguirreW 29W 43B 17
1452 12052010 0.5 1.5 2.5
2Stephen JablonW 28----B 36
1932 12625935 1.0U1.0 2.0
3Levon BagramianW 38----B 37
1773 13462881 1.0U1.0 2.0
4Michael Hiban----B 29W 46
1230 13419518 U0.0 1.0 2.0
5Jason NorthcuttB 45B 32W 6
1024 15210426 1.0 2.0 2.0
6Ameya HaldankarB 12B 33B 5
780 16180893 0.0 1.0 2.0
7Nathan RufW 42----B 38
unr. 16394244 1.0U1.0 2.0
8David R. SlackB 35----B 13
1972 12560130 1.0U1.0 1.5
9Ghezai MenelikW 14W 14B 28
1869 12544375 0.0 1.0 1.5
10Varun ChilukuriW 30B 42----
1492 14795080 0.5 1.5U1.5
11Ethan KimW 44W 31----
1210 16249908 1.0 1.5U1.5
12Sungjoon KimW 6B 23----
814 16352868 1.0 1.5U1.5
13Xing JianB 25----W 8
2130 14937281 0.5U0.5 1.0
14Aleks BashtavenkoB 9B 9----
1745 12775703 1.0 1.0U1.0
15David LinB 39--------
1693 14266963 1.0U1.0U1.0
16John Sullivan Sr----B 17----
1600 10187737 U0.0 1.0U1.0
17Rene StolbachB 40W 16W 1
1600 10188563 1.0 1.0 1.0
18Brian Curran----B 41----
1580 12918266 U0.0 1.0U1.0
19Li Chien CheungB 47--------
1577 12625813 1.0U1.0U1.0
20Andreas Schneider--------B 29
1408 16281778 U0.0U0.0 1.0
21Andrew Lachtman--------W 23
1143 16217002 U0.0U0.0 1.0
22Alejan Santelises----B 47----
1083 16313728 U0.0 1.0U1.0
23Tony LinB 32W 12B 21
1066 15980742 0.5 1.0 1.0
24Andy Becerra--------W 47
unr. 16399571 U0.0U0.0 1.0
25Franco JoseW 13--------
2133 14433686 0.5U0.5U0.5
26Kebadu BelachewW 27--------
1992 12842867 0.5U0.5U0.5
27Sam SchenkB 26--------
1968 14675052 0.5U0.5U0.5
28Wael ShreibaB 2----W 9
1918 12876342 0.0U0.0 0.5
29Matthew CookB 1W 4W 20
1352 15186494 0.5 0.5 0.5
30Sachi SatishkumarB 10--------
1344 15166924 0.5U0.5U0.5
31Abigail Z Lee----B 11----
1123 16080110 U0.0 0.5U0.5
32Thomas P MooreW 23W 5----
1019 14670982 0.5 0.5U0.5
33Evan Guo----W 6B 34
861 15919552 U0.0 0.0 0.5
34Danny J Podratsky--------W 33
799 14858912 U0.0U0.0 0.5
35Mark HylandW 8--------
2073 15725847 0.0U0.0U0.0
36Dennis Franco--------W 2
1965 12542780 U0.0U0.0 0.0
37Justin Pickens--------W 3
1815 12412765 U0.0U0.0 0.0
38Timothy Sea PaperB 3----W 7
1718 12532342 0.0U0.0 0.0
39Michael A StuebenW 15--------
1688 10335825 0.0U0.0U0.0
40Karl E PetersonW 17--------
1671 10188784 0.0U0.0U0.0
41Elliott J Lee----W 18----
1559 16080125 U0.0 0.0U0.0
42Craig ShoemakerB 7W 10----
1491 12544137 0.0 0.0U0.0
43Michael W Zelina----B 1----
1208 12776596 U0.0 0.0U0.0
44Jordan KaplanB 11--------
1085 14940346 0.0U0.0U0.0
45Thaein KimW 5--------
unr. 16394250 0.0U0.0U0.0
46Matthew Sammons--------B 4
unr. 16398906 U0.0U0.0 0.0
47Juan P LopezW 19W 22B 24
unr. 16390434 0.0 0.0 0.0

ARCHIVES: Previous monthly results for the year can be found ... here.