Former competitors united by a passion to empower female chess players.
Co-founder & CEO
Formerly ranked #1 in the U.S. for girls
Former U.S. Chess Team member. Represented the USA at tournaments in Argentina, Ecuador, France, Greece, and Vietnam. 2009 Girls National Champion.
Northwestern University graduate.
Co-founder & President
Formerly ranked #2 in the U.S. for girls
Former U.S. Chess Team member. Represented the USA at tournaments across the states as well as abroad in Argentina, Ecuador, Mexico, France, and Switzerland.
Dartmouth College graduate.
In 1997 and at the age of six, Nicole Maffeo and Karsten McVay played their first chess match together. They went on to compete against one another for over a decade as top nationally ranked players. 20+ years later, Nicole and Karsten reconnected over coffee at Mud Park in the East Village and the idea for this non-profit was born.