Metro Area Chess League

The U.S. Chess Center is pleased to offer a new season of the Metro Area Chess League (MACL), the high school chess league we ran from 1985 through 2012, and from 2021 to the Present.  A previous incarnation of the league ran from 1950 through 1975.  The league is open to all interested high schools in the Washington Metropolitan Area.  The 2022-2023 season will kickoff in mid-November 2022 and conclude with play-offs in late spring of 2023.

Schools that are interested in participating should contact us at:

  • Any high school in the DC metro area may field a team.
  • Matches will be played Tuesday evenings at 7:30 pm ET, starting November 15, 2022, on  See below for schedule.
  • Teams are four players, not necessarily the same four each match, all registered students in their schools in grades 9-12.
2022-23 Schedule of Rounds & Results

Four players from each school and their coaches/sponsors should join the Zoom starting at 7:15pm ET. 
Matches begin promptly at 7:30 pm and ordinarily are over by 8:30 pm.

Round 1: November 15, 2022 – RESULTS
Round 2: December 6, 2022 – RESULTS
Round 3: January 10, 2023 – RESULTS
Round 4: January 24, 2023 – PAIRINGS
Round 5: February 7, 2023
Round 6: February 21 (for MD/VA) or 28 (for DC), 2023
Round 7: March 7, 2023
Round 8: March 21, 2023

Playoffs: Saturday, late spring TBD with top 4 teams in-person.

Current 2022-23 League Standings (After Round 2 of 8)

PlaceSchoolTotal Match PointsTotal Board Points
1st (Tie)Montgomery Blair High School28
1st (Tie)Richard Montgomery High School 28
3rd (Tie)Gonzaga College High School 27
3rd (Tie)Winston Churchill High School27
5thMcLean High School 26.5
6th (Tie)Langley High School1.56
6th (Tie)Rockville High School 1.56
8th (Tie)Col. Zadok Magruder High School1.55
8th (Tie)Rochambeau, the French International School 1.55
8th (Tie)St. Albans School1.55
8th (Tie)West Springfield High School 1.55
12th (Tie)Seneca Valley High School 15
12th (Tie)Sidwell Friends School15
14th (Tie)Arlington Career Center14
14th (Tie)Bishop McNamara High School14
16th (Tie)BASIS DC13.5
16th (Tie)Centreville High School13.5
18th (Tie)DeMatha Catholic High School 13
18th (Tie)Falls Church High School13
20th (Tie)W.T. Woodson High School0.53.5
21st (Tie)Don Bosco Cristo Rey 0.53
21st (Tie)Washington International School0.53
21st (Tie)St. Anselm’s Abbey School0.53
24th (Tie)St. John’s College High School0.52
25th (Tie)Eastern High School01
25th (Tie)E.L. Haynes Public Charter School 01
25th (Tie)Georgetown Preparatory School 01
25th (Tie)McKinley Technology High School01
25th (Tie)Sandy Spring Friends School01
30thIDEA Public Charter School00

2022-23 Registered Teams

Teams that have registered to participate in the 2022-2023 season of the Metro Area Chess League are listed above.

The Theophilus Thompson Chess Club

MACL students might also be interested in the Theophilus Thompson Chess Club, a weekly class for students in grades 7-12 that meets on Sundays from 1:30pm – 5:00pm ET.  The class meets in-person on the second floor of 1340 Old Chain Bridge Rd, McLean, VA 22101 (Map). Our teachers provide instruction to beginners and help more advanced players improve their strategy. We play nationally rated games most weeks so students must also be USCF members. Lessons are challenging and informative for all students.

Sometimes we play with other students from across the country and around the world. We have had online matches with students from China, Czech Republic, Iceland, Montenegro, Norway, Spain, Ukraine, and Zambia.  We have hosted teams visiting Washington from a variety of states and we took several students on a great chess trip to Cuba

The Club is named after Theophilus Thompson, a trailblazing chess player and problemist: learn more about him.