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:

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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:

Sep 29, Oct 27, Nov 10, 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 !!

Aug. 25 - ACC Blitz

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

Sep. 15 - 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. 4 - 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:

July: E. Von York
June: R. Aguirre
May: S. Kim
April: T. Lin, J. Northcutt, S. Kim
March: X. Jian, G. Menelik,
February: T. Hoopengardner, D. Aragon
January: W. Shreiba

Ladder Results :: August 2017

#Name/Rtng/IDRd 1Rd 2Rd 3Rd 4Rd 5
1Tom HoopengardnerW 26B 23
1939 12869257 1.0 2.0
2Dennis FrancoB 24W 26
1912 12542780 1.0 2.0
3Craig ShoemakerB 30B 14
1400 12544137 1.0 2.0
4Tony LinW 35B 32
1089 15980742 1.0 2.0
5Xing JianW 23W 7
2151 14937281 1.0 1.0
6Isaac ChiuW 22----
2116 14570627 1.0U1.0
7Thomas Harley----B 5
1951 11188478 U0.0 1.0
8Mark Robert NealeW 27----
1737 14468793 1.0U1.0
9Aleks BashtavenkoB 25----
1704 12775703 1.0U1.0
10Karl E PetersonW 28----
1639 10188784 1.0U1.0
11John Sullivan SrW 12----
1611 10187737 1.0U1.0
12Rene StolbachB 11W 31
1600 10188563 0.0 1.0
13Evan Bedor----B 29
1515 15792226 U0.0 1.0
14Timoth VanderplasB 31W 3
1414 12888355 1.0 1.0
15Adithya Pillai----W 16
1353 15750788 U0.0 1.0
16Demetrio AragonW 32B 15
1300 15238364 1.0 1.0
17Jason J Robinson----B 19
1297 12677320 U0.0 1.0
18Kevin SuW 33----
1039 15799681 1.0U1.0
19Evan GuoB 34W 17
810 15919552 1.0 1.0
20Brenan NiermanB 21----
1367 12548274 0.5U0.5
21Gavin StewartW 20----
unr. 16402444 0.5U0.5
22Victor GuzmanB 6----
2082 14016566 0.0U0.0
23David Richm SlackB 5W 1
1999 12560130 0.0 0.0
24Kebadu BelachewW 2----
1962 12842867 0.0U0.0
25Adam ChrisneyW 9----
1885 12914776 0.0U0.0
26Ghezai MenelikB 1B 2
1855 12544375 0.0 0.0
27Timothy Sea PaperB 8----
1651 12532342 0.0U0.0
28Robert AguirreB 10----
1523 12052010 0.0U0.0
29Varun Chilukuri----W 13
1499 14795080 U0.0 0.0
30Daniel F LeachW 3----
1400 12457200 0.0U0.0
31Eric Von York SrW 14B 12
1361 13787272 0.0 0.0
32Michael HibanB 16W 4
1254 13419518 0.0 0.0
33Jason NorthcuttB 18----
1136 15210426 0.0U0.0
34Ian TurnerW 19----
868 12813960 0.0U0.0
35John BreyaultB 4----
unr. 16415058 0.0U0.0

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