Vanessa Sun on the Greater NY Scholastics

All heads in the room turned to look as the legendary former World Champion Garry Kasparov made his way through the aisles. He glanced at a few boards, silently making his judgments on several positions. William Graif, who placed second in the highest section of the tournament, saw Kasparov nod to himself in approval of one of his moves. Graif half jokes that it was the ‘greatest moment of his life.’ This was only one of the many exciting memories players took away from the 2018 Greater New York Scholastic Chess Championships. Sponsored by the Kasparov Chess Foundation, the tournament has welcomed Kasparov for signings, and Kasparov even tweeted a couple photos from the event.

To read the entire article, click here.

Report on Record Breaking Greater NY Scholastics

Find the full report, including pictures, analysis and results by Vanessa Sun at:

Vanessa Sun on the Greater NY Scholastics

 

2018 Greater New York: The Big Freeze Couldn’t Keep Record-Breaking Numbers Away!

Record cold temperatures couldn’t keep players away. The 2018 Greater New York Championship had a record-shattering attendance, as players from all over the Tri-state area came to the Marriott at Brooklyn Bridge to enjoy a weekend of chess and fun. Even with the tournament was able to attract more than 1500 K-12 players, smashing previous records!

Garry Kasparov made an appearance, even making the first move in some of the top boards! There were a variety of tournament sections, based on age and rating band. These were the final winners from the Championship (open) section in High School, Junior High, Elementary, Primary and K-1.

For complete results, please visit https://www.gnyscc.com/results.html.

Young Stars Program goes Global

kcfstlupdated

Young Stars Program Goes Global

The Kasparov Chess Foundation (KCF) and The Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis (CCSCSL) have run the very successful Young Stars – Team USA for the past six years. The Team USA program has helped develop several American chess prodigies from across the country. Team USA has been capped off with individualized training sessions with Kasparov’s coaching staff and special training sessions with Garry Kasparov himself.

Now, Young Stars is going global! Young Stars is opening admission for talented kids from all over the World to apply to this elite program. Candidates may apply by submitting the application found here: KCF YoungStars Application. The program is open for talented players that are nine (9) years of age on January 1, 2018, and not older than thirteen (13) years of age on January 1, 2018.

An expert panel will determine the best candidates per region, and they will be invited to an in-person training/preliminary session with world leading trainers from Kasparov’s team. The most outstanding players from these sessions will move on to the final round of admission, and will participate in a training session with Garry Kasparov. Preliminary training sessions will be held in different parts of the World, based on the majority of selected candidates. The program will have a rolling admission and selected candidates may join the program at any time after completing the full course of admission.

Candidates are required to fill out the following:

  • Cover letter

  • Attached Application Form

  • Attached PGN file with MINIMUM six (6) games played by the applicant, including both colors, wins and losses, fully annotated without engine assistance

  • Three (3) recommendation letters by coaches, federations, qualified peer competitors

  • Resume, including top achievements

  • Application non-refundable fee of $100 paid via PayPal to youngstars@kasparovchessfoundation.org (Click here for the direct link).

Send the full applications to: youngstars@kasparovchessfoundation.org

The Young Stars program does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, religion (creed) or gender.

Link for the Universal Rating System search (URS)

Link for the FIDE rating search

A successful preliminary session was held in New York with Garry Kasparov:

IMG_5503_GK_MK copy

Michael Khodarkovsky and Garry Kasparov preparing lessons and tests (Photo by Derrick Bryant)

IMG_5522_GK_MK-Vincent copy

Vincent Tsay, 2017 u12 World Champion, solves puzzles while Garry overlooks the next batch of studies prepared by Michael (Photo by Derrick Bryant)
lian

Liran Zhou, 2017 u10 World Champion (Photo by Derrick Bryant)

IMG_5529_GK_Sam copy

Andrew Hong and Brandon Jacobson learning with Young Stars alumn GM Sam Sevian (Photo by Derrick Bryant)

rochelle

2016 u10 World Champion Rochelle Wu (Photo by Derrick Bryant)

allStairs

 

At the KCF’s office in Midtown, Manhattan
Left side from bottom to top: Arthur Guo, Rochelle Wu, Christopher Yoo, Brandon Jacobson, Andrew Hong
Right side from bottom to top: Arthur Xu, Liran Zhou, Vincent Tsay, Sam Sevian
Center: Michael Khodarkovsky and Garry Kasparov
(Photo by Derrick Bryant)



Kasparov Chess Foundation Presents 52nd Annual Greater New York Scholastic Team and Individual Chess Championships

WHEN: Sat., Jan 6 – Sun., Jan. 7, 2018 at the New York Marriott Hotel At The Brooklyn Bridge;

Online Registration: http://www.gnyscc.com/registration.html

New York, NY, Dec. 5, 2017 — The Kasparov Chess Foundation is hosting and sponsoring the 2018 Greater New York Scholastic Team and Individual Chess Championships. America’s longest-running, rated scholastic chess tournament will take place on Sat. and Sun., Jan. 6th – 7th at New York Marriott Hotel at the Brooklyn Bridge, located at 333 Adams Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201 (about 5 minutes drive south of the Brooklyn Bridge, near Borough Hall), near subways: Jay Street Metrotech (A, C, F & R trains), Hoyt Street (2 & 3 trains), Borough Hall (4 & 5 trains) and Court Street (R train).

This year represents the tournament’s 52nd anniversary and has been under the management of the Kasparov Chess Foundation since 2005.  To honor this year’s achievement, former World Chess Champion and Foundation Chairman, Garry Kasparov, will be at the event on Sat., Jan. 6th, autographing books, taking pictures and offering his encouragement to the students.

The competition is divided into five 5 or 6-round Swiss-style tournaments with in all fourteen separate sections, over the two-day weekend event. All Championship sections, including K-1 Championship, will be over two days: 3 rounds on Saturday January 6 and 3 rounds on Sunday January 7!  Championship section games start at 10 am, 1 pm and 4 pm both days. Awards ceremonies at about 6:30 pm Sunday (possibly earlier).

Non-Championship section rounds start at 10 am, 12 pm, 1:30 pm, 3 pm and 4:30 pm Saturday or Sunday. Awards ceremonies at about 6 pm.  Championship section eligibility is not limited by rating. The other sections are limited as their names indicate. See here for more details about the rating based section eligibility rules. See here for more details about the section eligibility rules.

Ideal for the beginner as well as top-rated competitive players, the non-Championship games are 30 minutes per player + 10-seconds delay per move. Championship games are 60 minutes per player + 10-seconds delay per move (non-delay clocks get no additional time.). The games are rated by the United States Chess Federation (USCF). The January 2018 USCF Rating List is used (but unofficial ratings at www.uschess.org are usually used if players would otherwise be unrated on the January 2018 official rating list).

Our January 5thFriday Blitz Booster will be open for all, adults as well as scholastic players. Sign up is on-site between 6 and 6:45 pm.

Any number of players may participate from a school to help compete for team prizes (2 or more from the same school make a team), but at most the four top-scoring players from the school produce its team score. Players without school teams compete for individual prizes. Prizes are awarded to the top-scoring players and schools. You can win both team and individual prizes.

Online Registration is available at http://www.gnyscc.com/registration.html.  Following is information on fees and deadlines:

Online – Championship (2-Days) Sections:

$70 – through December 22nd, 2017

$80 – December 23rd through January 2nd, 2018

$90 – January 3rd through January 4th, 2018

Online – Non-Championship (1-Day) Sections:

$60 – through December 22nd, 2017

$70 – December 23rd through January 2nd, 2018

$80 – January 3rd through January 4th, 2018

On-site (All sections):

$100 – the day before your game starts 7:30 PM on January 5th

$120 – until 90 minutes before your first game

Extra Fees:

$15 – refund service charge

$15 – player substitutions

$10 – section switches through January 4th

If you have any questions, please email us at director@gnyscc.com or call 347-201-CCNY (2269). Players are requested to bring clocks, while sets and boards will be supplied by Little House of Chess, http://www.littlehouseofchess.com.

The five tournaments are as follows:

K-1 CHAMPIONSHIP

2 sections, open to all born after 1/9/08 AND ALSO in grade 1/below: 1. Saturday and Sunday: K-1 Championship, open to all. Trophies to 12 top-scoring players and the top 3 Unrateds. Plaques are also awarded to the top 6 K or below (you can win both a plaque and trophy). 2. Saturday: K-1 Under 400, open to players rated Under 400 or Unrated. Trophies will be awarded to the top 12 and the top 3 Unrateds.

PRIMARY COMPETITION

3 separate sections, open to all born after 1/9/06 AND ALSO in grade 3/below: 1. Saturday and Sunday: Primary Competition, open to all. Trophies to the 12 top-scoring players and the top 3 Unrateds. 2. Saturday: Primary Under 1000, for players rated Under 1000 or Unrated. Trophies to top 12 and the top 3 Unrateds. 3. Saturday: Primary Under 500, open to all rated under 500 or Unrated. Trophies to the top 12 players and the top 3 Unrateds.

JUNIOR HIGH CHAMPIONSHIP

2 separate sections, open to all born after 1/9/00 and in grade 9/below: 1. Saturday and Sunday: Junior High Championship, open to all. Trophies to 12 top-scoring players and the top 3 Unrateds. 2. Saturday: Junior High Under 1000 for rated players under 1000 or Unrated. Trophies to the top 12 and the top 3 Unrateds. Plaques are also awarded to the top 2 in each grade 4 to 6.

ELEMENTARY CHAMPIONSHIP

4 sections, open to all born after 1/9/03 AND ALSO in grade 6/below: 1. Saturday and Sunday: Elementary Championship, open to all. Trophies to 12 top-scoring players and the top 3 Unrateds. 2. Sunday: Elementary Under 1400 for rated players under 1400 or Unrated. Trophies to the top 12 and the top 3 Unrateds. 3. Sunday: Elementary Under 1000 for rated players under 1000 or Unrated. Trophies for the top 12 players and the top 3 Unrateds. 3. Sunday: Elementary Under 600 for rated players under 600 or Unrated. Trophies for the top 12 players and the top 3 Unrateds.

HIGH SCHOOL CHAMPIONSHIP

3 sections, for players born after 1/9/96 and in grades K-12: 1. Saturday and Sunday: High School Championship, open to all. Trophies for the 12 top-scoring players and top 3 Unrateds. 2. Sunday: High School Under 1900, for Under 1900 rated players or Unrated. Trophies to the top 12 and top 3 Unrateds. 3. Sunday: High School Under 1200, for rated players Under 1200 or Unrated. Trophies to the top 12 and the top 3 Unrateds. Plaques are also awarded to the top 2 in each grade 7 to 9.

In every tournament, anyone scoring 4 or more in non-Championship sections, or 5 or more in Championship, who doesn’t win a trophy receives a medal instead! All sections also have trophies for the 6 top scoring teams. Even more prizes, including Mixed Doubles Bonus Prizes, can be won! Please see here for more details on prizes.

About Kasparov Chess Foundation

Founded by World Chess Champion Garry Kasparov, KCF’s mission is to bring the many educational benefits of chess to children worldwide by providing a complete chess curriculum and enrichment programs. The Foundation promotes the study of chess as a cognitive learning tool in curricular classes and after-school programs for elementary, middle and high schools, both in the public and private school sectors. The not-for-profit educational organization also organizes tournaments and competitions on a local and national basis. For more information, please visit http://www.kasparovchessfoundation.org.

#  #  #

KCF 15-year anniversary

KCFLogo15

The Kasparov Chess Foundation celebrated it’s 15th Anniversary this weekend with a gala at the New York Athletic Club. The event was held in two parts, starting with a cocktail reception and 10-board simultaneous exhibition by Garry Kasparov himself.

NathanShuman

A basketball injury was no deterrent for young Nathan Shuman to battle it out

PaulaMahoney

Paula Mahoney, the only female participant, flew all the way from Hong Kong for the event!Rex

A famous donor of the Kasparov Chess Foundation, and of chess itself: Rex SinquefieldStanleyDruckenmiller

KCF co-founder Stanley Druckenmiller with KCF President Michael KhodarkovskyThomasBeckThe event’s youngest player Thomas Beck

CristopherFlowers

Christopher Flowers, KCF board member, in deep thought

JohnCrumiller

Jon Crumiller was the last man standing. Jon isn’t only known for his passion about chess, but also for his passion for collecting chess sets! His collection now numbers over 600 antique sets, the oldest dating as early as the 11th century.
AdmiralWymanHoward

Navy Admiral Wyman Howard

After the simultaneous, which ended with a 10-0 result for the former World Champion, the gala dinner started, celebrating not only the KCF’s anniversary, but also KCF’s supporters and special guests. Currently, the KCF has a global outreach through it’s different branches, and is involved in many programs, including:

KCF Curriculum Program

KCF’s curriculum program provides public, private, and home schoolers with instructional books to help them master the game. The three-volume book set is in use by more than 3,500 schools, across all 50 states, as well as in a number of foreign countries.

Regional Scholastic Championship Tournaments

KCF organizes and sponsors regional tournaments across the country. Thousands of students look forward to attending these tournaments each year. They make new friends, enjoy the thrill of competition, and form memories that last a lifetime.

Annual All-Girls Nationals

KCF’s Annual All-Girls Nationals is the largest open tournament available to young females, ages 6 to 20. The tournament, now in it’s 10th year, attracts girls from all over the country, Canada, Mexico, and Puerto Rico. The tournament has been held in such grand cities around the country as Chicago and Dallas.

Talented Children Program: Young Stars

KCF is partnering with The Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis (CCSCSL) on a five-year grant program to help develop several American chess prodigies from across the United States. The program, called Young Stars – Team USA, is capped off by a special training session with Garry Kasparov, held annually. During the two-day seminar, as many as twenty talented youngsters from around the country receive specialized individualized and group training by Garry Kasparov.

US Team Chess Olympiad Sponsorship

Since 2004, KCF has been the official sponsor of the US Olympiad Teams, both women’s and men’s.
Interview

World-famous commentator GM Maurice Ashley was the host for the evening.
JamesRaffertyThe event was opened by New York Athletic Club’s President James Rafferty. Next year, the NYAC will be celebrating it’s 150th Anniversary, and the celebration of KCF’s 15th was a kick-off for a year long celebration! Despite the relatively young age of the KCF compared to the club, both organizations have an already long history of working together.

MariaBartiromoAnchorThe evening was capped off with the highlight: an interview by Maria Bartiromo, anchor and Global Markets Editor on Fox Business Network with Garry Kasparov. The interview was quite broad, even touching on AI and collaboration between humans and machines. As Garry said:  “We don’t have to afraid of machines, rather to learn how to use them for the good of the people”.

We at the KCF use this event as a way to thank all of the contributors and people that make our outreach possible.

Photos by Derrick Bryant

Awonder Liang: Junior Champion

At only 14 years of age, Awonder Liang is breaking records left and right. He recently became the youngest American grandmaster in history, and he continues his impressive string of success that this year has brought him by winning the prestigious 2017 U.S. Junior Championship, netting him a highly coveted spot at the 2018 U.S. Championship, where he will play against the likes of Fabiano Caruana, Wesley So, Hikaru Nakamura and other top grandmasters for the maximum title in American chess.

Awonder is one of the Young Stars, who have had immense success this year.

The Young Stars – Team USA program has been sponsored by the Kasparov Chess Foundation (KCF) and the Chess Club & Scholastic Center of Saint Louis (CCSCSL) since 2012. A group of young and promising chess players are assessed and evaluated by Garry Kasparov himself, along with KCF President and FIDE Senior Trainer Michael Khodarkovsky. These players are also individually trained by prominent grandmasters and famous coaches, including Alexander Chernin.

A full report on the tournament and on Awonder’s amazing victory, which was clinched only in the last round ahead of former Young Star member GM Kayden Troff, can be found here:

https://www.chess.com/news/view/defying-own-odds-liang-wins-u-s-junior-9086

Sam Sevian: Continental Champion!

GM Sam Sevian has become the youngest person to win the American Continental championship! From the Kasparov Chess Foundation, we send him a hearty congratulations on a well deserved triumph in Colombia.

Sam’s efforts through the Young Stars program have been impressively rewarded.

The Young Stars – Team USA program has been sponsored by the Kasparov Chess Foundation (KCF) and the Chess Club & Scholastic Center of Saint Louis (CCSCSL) since 2012. A group of young and promising chess players are assessed and evaluated by Garry Kasparov himself, along with KCF President and FIDE Senior Trainer Michael Khodarkovsky. These players are also individually trained by prominent grandmasters and famous coaches, including Alexander Chernin.

You can find more information about the tournament here:

http://www.elmundo.com/noticia/Samuel-Sevian-es-el-gran-campeon-del-Continental-de-Ajedrez/354359

https://new.uschess.org/news/gm-samuel-sevian-wins-continental-championship/

 

 

Congratulations to Young Stars success

The Young Stars – Team USA program has been sponsored by the Kasparov Chess Foundation (KCF) and the Chess Club & Scholastic Center of Saint Louis (CCSCSL) since 2012. A group of young and promising chess players are assessed and evaluated by Garry Kasparov himself, along with KCF President and FIDE Senior Trainer Michael Khodarkovsky. These players are also individually trained by prominent grandmasters and famous coaches, including Alexander Chernin.

Dividends have certainly paid off for two members in the last couple of months.

First, Samuel Sevian has won his fourth (!) tournament in a row, including two of huge international recognition. His victory on the C-Group of the Saint Louis Chess Club’s Spring Classic was flawless, and he followed it up by smashing the Chicago Open with a clean first place victory.

Not far behind now is Awonder Liang, the newest grandmaster in America. With his crushing victory in the B-group of the Spring Classic and a fabulous performance in the Chicago Open, Awonder Liang fulfilled his GM title requirements at the age of 14 years and 1 month, making him one of the youngest grandmasters of all time.

You can read a report on the Spring Classic tournament, including annotated games by the Young Stars, in this ChessBase Article.

KCF Education in Asia II

 

The trip to Malaysia finished with a seminar in Putrajaya, Malaysia

20170403_110618

KCF Tour – last stop in Kuala Lumpur. 80 teachers and Education representatives attended from all over Malaysia. Seminar ably managed by Putrajaya Chess Association at the Ministry auditorium!

Group_2

Ignatius Leong, Puan Rabitah Abdul binti Razak (Director of Chess in the MOE), Michael Khodarkovsky and Mohd. Firdaus Ismail (President of Putrajaya Chess Association).

2 weeks ago, 555 players competed in the National Youth Championships. The top 3 in the U8 U10 U12 U14 & U18 will be awarded subsidies sponsored by KCF Asia Pacific for their participation in this year’s ASEAN Age Group Championships.

MK_Q&A

Q&A after the seminar conducted by KCFAP Director Ignatius Leong and KCF President Michael Khodarkovsky

 

MK_speach

 

Key speaker – KCF President Michael Khodarkovsky

A farewell dinner was hosted with representatives of the Malaysian Chess Federation

IMG-20170405-WA0006

left to right sitting: Michael Yep, Ignatius Leong, newly appointed FIDE delegate Christie Hon, Michael Khodarkovsky. Standing: Abdul Hamid Majid