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)!

NEW Events !!

Look below under: "Other ACC Tournaments" (go here)
for 1-2 day week-end events, including:

Action, Quad, Regular and Blitz events !!

Regional Tournament Clearinghouse:

This webpage lists most tournaments in the VA/DC/MD area: go here.

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!!

For more on the DC Chess League go here.

Regarding DCCL documents, for the:

"Match Report Form" go here.
"Summer '13 Schedule" go here,
"Winter '13-'14 Schedule" go here.

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. Adam Chrisney: "These lectures are AWESOME!" For more information, incuding future dates and topics, see our flyer: go here.

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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 !!

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ACC Friday Action

2017 DATES:

Mar. 10, Apr. 28, May 19, Jun 23, Jul 15, Aug 11,

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.

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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!

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(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.

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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.

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Other Tournaments

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

All ACC Dates Below are: CONFIRMED !!

Mar. 18 - ACC Saturday Action-Plus

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


Apr. 7 - ACC Blitz

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

May 13 - ACC Saturday Action-Plus

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

Jun. 10 - ACC Saturday Action-Plus

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

Jun. 16 - 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.

Jul. 7 - ACC Blitz

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

Aug. 19 - 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.

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:

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 :: February 2017

#Name/Rtng/IDRd 1Rd 2Rd 3Rd 4Rd 5
1Ghezai MenelikW 32W 33
1850 12544375 1.0 2.0
2Andreas SchneiderW 16W 37
unr. 16281778 1.0 2.0
3Robert AguirreW 27B 34
1415 12052010 0.5 1.5
4Tony LinB 25W 39
1036 15980742 0.5 1.5
5Victor Guzman----W 28
2049 14016566 U0.0 1.0
6Mark HylandW 30----
2003 15725847 1.0U1.0
7David Richm Slack----B 29
1900 12560130 U0.0 1.0
8Adam Chrisney----B 31
1893 12914776 U0.0 1.0
9Martin P WauckB 22B 23
1638 12576188 0.5 1.0
10Andrew R Wagner----W 11
1603 12856560 U0.0 1.0
11Rene StolbachW 34B 10
1600 10188563 1.0 1.0
12Adam FriedmanB 35----
1428 16062663 1.0U1.0
13Benjamin FriedmanW 36----
1353 12634799 1.0U1.0
14Michael HibanB 26B 24
1216 13419518 0.5 1.0
15Rithika KoblaW 18----
1121 15187743 1.0U1.0
16Jason J RobinsonB 2W 17
1087 12677320 0.0 1.0
17Jason NorthcuttW 40B 16
1029 15210426 1.0 1.0
18Stephen ChenB 15B 25
805 15845126 0.0 1.0
19Finn Willems----B 38
538 16191480 U0.0 1.0
20Franco Monce Jose----W 21
2114 14433686 U0.0 0.5
21Xing Jian----B 20
2103 14937281 U0.0 0.5
22Karl E PetersonW 9----
1669 10188784 0.5U0.5
23Jerome Lindsay----W 9
1650 10197597 U0.0 0.5
24Brenan Nierman----W 14
1217 12548274 U0.0 0.5
25Thomas P MooreW 4W 18
1184 14670982 0.5 0.5
26Alejandro SantelisesW 14----
unr. 16313728 0.5U0.5
27Campbell W GrayB 3----
unr. 12805138 0.5U0.5
28Dennis Franco----B 5
1985 12542780 U0.0 0.0
29Thomas Harley----W 7
1980 11188478 U0.0 0.0
30Josh Daniel HibanB 6----
1928 13123821 0.0U0.0
31Tom Hoopengardner----W 8
1926 12869257 U0.0 0.0
32Levon BagramianB 1----
1746 13462881 0.0U0.0
33David Lin----B 1
1726 14266963 U0.0 0.0
34Craig ShoemakerB 11W 3
1566 12544137 0.0 0.0
35Win PersinaW 12----
1475 14968174 0.0U0.0
36Demetrio AragonB 13----
1300 15238364 0.0U0.0
37Andrew Lachtman----B 2
1102 16217002 U0.0 0.0
38Evan L Guo----W 19
877 15919552 U0.0 0.0
39Timothy Walthall----B 4
unr. 15767485 U0.0 0.0
40Chase RobinsonB 17----
unr. 16313734 0.0U0.0

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