D.C. Chess League
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the D.C. Chess League?
The D.C. Chess League pits D.C. metropolitan chess teams
against each other all throughout the year. The League is
usually divided into four sections: Open, A, B, and C.
Teams consist of four players (A, B, and C sections) or six
players (Open section). There are two seasons per year:
Summer and Winter.
Where are League matches played?
Games are played at the home site of host teams. Most
League games are played at the Arlington Chess Club, but
some are also played at the the Big Chair Chess Club,
the University of Maryland, and occasionally at the U.S.
Chess Center. Directions to most of these sites can be
When are matches played?
Matches are played usually once per month, on Friday
nights, at the location of the home site. In one match,
each team player plays a single game against an opponent.
The Winter season runs from October through May; the Summer
season runs from June through September.
I don't have a team, but am interested in playing.
Can I join anyways? How can I find a team to play on?
You can contact Kyle,
who can get you in touch with captains in search
of players. (You can also fill out this easy online form to contact Terry.)
Once you are given some team captain contacts, let some of the
captains know that you're willing to play, and check whether
they have any available spots on their teams.
I have a team of players lined up. How do I sign up?
Click on the Enter Your
Team for the Season link and
fill out the appropriate fields and submit the form. This will send an
e-mail to the Executive Director indicating that you'd like to field a
team for the upcoming season.
What does it cost to play in the League?
Since games are rated by the U.S. Chess Federation, all
players need to be current members of the USCF. The entry
fee is $36 for joining the Open section, and $24 for all other
What sections are there? How should I decide which
section to enter?
There are usually four sections: The Open section, the
A section, the B section, and the C section. There are no
limits on ratings for players in the Open section. As for
the Amateur and Reserve leagues, all players must have USCF ratings
below 2000 and 1700, respectively. An exception to
this rule is that teams from the Amateur and Reserve leagues can
have a top player with a rating below 2100 and 1800,
What is the time control for League games?
The time control is 30/90, and then SD/60.
That is, you have 90 minutes to make your first 30 moves,
and then once you make that time control, you have 60 more minutes
to complete the game.