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 !!

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. 4 (Wed) - Training Session - GM Timur Gareyev

Blindfold Simul Exhibition Match. EF: $45-50.


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:

August: X. Jian, D. Franco, T. Vanderplas, C. Shoemaker, E. Guo
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 :: September 2017

#Name/Rtng/IDRd 1Rd 2Rd 3Rd 4Rd 5
1Ian TurnerW 48B 11W 49
874 12813960 1.0 1.5 2.5
2Xing Jian----W 16W 35
2126 14937281 U0.0 1.0 2.0
3Ghezai MenelikW 39W 37----
1824 12544375 1.0 2.0U2.0
4William SarranoB 40B 18----
1590 15198277 1.0 2.0U2.0
5Jason J Robinson----W 25B 23
1246 12677320 U0.0 1.0 2.0
6James Al Custodio----B 27B 28
1062 12838728 U0.0 1.0 2.0
7Gabriel Brehm----B 47W 50
unr. 16441495 U0.0 1.0 2.0
8Elliott J LeeB 31W 9W 20
1588 16080125 1.0 1.5 1.5
9Robert AguirreB 20B 8----
1465 12052010 1.0 1.5U1.5
10Michael HibanB 25W 34W 25
1230 13419518 0.0 0.5 1.5
11Ameya HaldankarB 46W 1----
1036 16180893 1.0 1.5U1.5
12Victor GuzmanW 35--------
2089 14016566 1.0U1.0U1.0
13Stephen JablonW 17----W 36
1979 12625935 0.0U0.0 1.0
14Josh Daniel HibanW 16--------
1967 13123821 1.0U1.0U1.0
15Thomas Shupe--------W 33
1909 15077727 U0.0U0.0 1.0
16Adam ChrisneyB 14B 2W 31
1888 12914776 0.0 0.0 1.0
17Levon BagramianB 13--------
1820 13462881 1.0U1.0U1.0
18Karl E PetersonW 38W 4----
1651 10188784 1.0 1.0U1.0
19Chunlei Liang----W 20----
1565 16071390 U0.0 1.0U1.0
20Donovan ChongW 9B 19B 8
1555 14937563 0.0 0.0 1.0
21Evan BedorW 43--------
1529 15792226 1.0U1.0U1.0
22Brenan Nierman----W 23----
1376 12548274 U0.0 1.0U1.0
23Abigail Z LeeW 44B 22W 5
1293 16080110 1.0 1.0 1.0
24Allison Tay--------B 42
1280 15879952 U0.0U0.0 1.0
25Edward GuoW 10B 5B 10
1228 15982801 1.0 1.0 1.0
26Michael W ZelinaW 27W 28W 27
1175 12776596 1.0 1.0 1.0
27Tony LinB 26W 6B 26
1135 15980742 0.0 0.0 1.0
28Jason Northcutt----B 26W 6
1093 15210426 U0.0 1.0 1.0
29Thomas P Moore----B 45----
989 14670982 U0.0 1.0U1.0
30Chase Robinson--------B 48
529 16313734 U0.0U0.0 1.0
31Maxime SouferW 8W 41B 16
unr. 16426310 0.0 1.0 1.0
32Kebadu BelachewW 33--------
1968 12842867 0.5U0.5U0.5
33Dennis FrancoB 32----B 15
1902 12542780 0.5U0.5 0.5
34Dave M Novitzki----B 10----
1385 16204418 U0.0 0.5U0.5
35David Richm SlackB 12----B 2
2002 12560130 0.0U0.0 0.0
36Tom Hoopengardner--------B 13
1951 12869257 U0.0U0.0 0.0
37Justin Pickens----B 3----
1801 12412765 U0.0 0.0U0.0
38Timothy Sea PaperB 18--------
1706 12532342 0.0U0.0U0.0
39Aleks BashtavenkoB 3--------
1703 12775703 0.0U0.0U0.0
40John Sullivan SrW 4--------
1609 10187737 0.0U0.0U0.0
41Rene Stolbach----B 31----
1600 10188563 U0.0 0.0U0.0
42Adithya Pillai--------W 24
1417 15750788 U0.0U0.0 0.0
43Tim VanderplasB 21--------
1414 12888355 0.0U0.0U0.0
44Demetrio AragonB 23--------
1300 15238364 0.0U0.0U0.0
45Danie Hazelrigg----W 29----
1188 12438902 U0.0 0.0U0.0
46Sungjoon KimW 11--------
1033 16352868 0.0U0.0U0.0
47William F Nugent----W 7----
1002 12752006 U0.0 0.0U0.0
48Evan GuoB 1----W 30
875 15919552 0.0U0.0 0.0
49Neel Bhaskar--------B 1
522 16334568 U0.0U0.0 0.0
50John Breyault--------B 7
unr. 16415058 U0.0U0.0 0.0

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