Join Girls Who Play, Compete And Have Fun In Chess, Throughout Their Lives
Little girls sign up in large numbers to play chess in elementary schools. Yet, by middle school, most of them quit playing chess. Out of 1500 or so grandmasters in the world, only 30 are women. It is immensely important that women continue playing chess. Chess improves reading scores and emotional intelligence. It levels the playing intellectual playing field between the genders. More importantly, women carry faith in their intellectual abilities when they venture in life long battles of being the only girl in the room, whether it is at a chess tournament, or in a computer science class, or in a boardroom of a major tech company.
Our mission is to create a conducive environment for girls to continue playing chess through middle, high school and beyond. We believe in girls’ unlimited potential.
I am Shifa Somji, Founder and CEO of Chess4Girls. Over the last few years, I have strived to assist women in Washington State and around the country succeed in chess. I sincerely believe that chess prepares women for careers in numerous male dominated fields. Through many of our programs, I am moving the needle, one girl at a time.