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:

Oct 27, Nov 10, Dec 22

2018 DATES:

Jan. 11, Feb. 22, Mar. 2, Apr. 27, May 26, Jun. 15

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 !!

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.

Nov. 11 - Blindfold Simul - GM Timur Gareyev

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


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.

Jan. 18 - ACC Blitz

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

Jan. 26 - ACC Saturday Action-Plus

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

Feb. 1 - ACC Blitz

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

Feb. 16 - ACC Saturday Action-Plus

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

Mar. 9 - ACC Blitz

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

Mar. 31 - ACC Saturday Action-Plus

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

Apr. 6 - ACC Blitz

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

Apr. 21 - ACC Saturday Action-Plus

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

May 11 - ACC Blitz

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

May 19 - ACC Saturday Action-Plus

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

Jun. 8 - ACC Blitz

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

Jun. 23 - 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:

September: I. Turner
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 :: October 2017

#Name/Rtng/IDRd 1Rd 2Rd 3Rd 4Rd 5
1Eric Von York SrW 15W 27
1462 13787272 1.0 2.0
2Michael HibanW 28B 35
1075 13419518 0.5 1.5
3Isaac ChiuW 22----
2167 14570627 1.0U1.0
4Timothy HamiltonB 29----
2020 12130210 1.0U1.0
5Paul Yavari----W 25
2000 12623693 U0.0 1.0
6Tom Hoopengardner----W 10
1955 12869257 U0.0 1.0
7Stephen Jablon----W 8
1951 12625935 U0.0 1.0
8Thomas ShupeW 9B 7
1899 15077727 1.0 1.0
9Adam ChrisneyB 8W 30
1864 12914776 0.0 1.0
10Ghezai MenelikB 30B 6
1840 12544375 1.0 1.0
11Timothy Sea PaperW 31----
1684 12532342 1.0U1.0
12Michael A StuebenW 32----
1641 10335825 1.0U1.0
13Chunlei Liang----W 39
1621 16071390 U0.0 1.0
14Donovan ChongB 33----
1552 14937563 1.0U1.0
15Win PersinaB 1W 34
1426 14968174 0.0 1.0
16James Custodio----W 28
1062 12838728 U0.0 1.0
17Randall A Henri----B 36
1011 15014246 U0.0 1.0
18Thomas P MooreW 37----
989 14670982 1.0U1.0
19John Breyault----B 21
965 16415058 U0.0 1.0
20Neel BhaskarB 38----
581 16334568 1.0U1.0
21Gabriel BrehmB 36W 19
unr. 16441495 1.0 1.0
22Xing JianB 3W 23
2139 14937281 0.0 0.5
23Milos Nekvasil Jr----B 22
2006 10168791 U0.0 0.5
24Kebadu BelachewW 25----
2002 12842867 0.5U0.5
25David Richm SlackB 24B 5
1971 12560130 0.5 0.5
26Brenan NiermanW 27----
1402 12548274 0.5U0.5
27Tony LinB 26B 1
1182 15980742 0.5 0.5
28Sungjoon KimB 2B 16
1047 16352868 0.5 0.5
29Christoph SherwinW 4----
2029 12716255 0.0U0.0
30Levon BagramianW 10B 9
1847 13462881 0.0 0.0
31David LinB 11----
1671 14266963 0.0U0.0
32Rene StolbachB 12----
1600 10188563 0.0U0.0
33Gina QuintilianiW 14----
1553 12913488 0.0U0.0
34Edward Guo----B 15
1149 15982801 U0.0 0.0
35Jason Northcutt----W 2
1103 15210426 U0.0 0.0
36Ameya HaldankarW 21W 17
1027 16180893 0.0 0.0
37Vatsal SivaratriB 18----
966 16108435 0.0U0.0
38Evan GuoW 20----
901 15919552 0.0U0.0
39Maxime Soufer----B 13
unr. 16426310 U0.0 0.0

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