KCF’s All Girls Championships Featured in New Video

Check out this inspiring video featuring some of the players from our 2018 All Girls Scholastic Championships.

You can see why they’re all winners!  Hope to see you at the 2019 All Girls Scholastic Championships, April 12 – 14, 2019 in the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place, in Chicago, IL.  For more information on the tournament, click here.

Greater New York Championships – Photo Gallery

Check out our latest pics from the 2019 Greater New York Scholastic Championships, held on Jan. 5 – 6 at the New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge.  Click here to view.

10th Annual Greater Mid-Atlantic Scholastic Championships

New York, NY, Feb. 4, 2019  — The 10th Annual Greater Mid-Atlantic Scholastic Chess Championships are taking place on Saturday, Feb. 16, from 9:30am – 5:00pm, at the Baltimore Polytechnic Institute (Poly High School) & Western High School 1400 W. Cold Spring Lane (off I-83).

Open to all players, K – 12 grades, the competition is ideal for the beginner as well as top-rated competitive players. Organized and sponsored by Kasparov Chess Foundation, 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). Click here for more details about eligibility rules.

Registration Fee

  • $30—Tuesday, 2019.02.12, if completed by 11:59 PM (Early)
  • $45—Thursday, 2019.02.14, if completed by 11:59 PM (Regular)
  • $60—Saturday, 2019.02.16, if completed by 8 AM (Last-Minute: ½-point bye possible in Round 1)
  • $80—Saturday, 2019.02.16, 8 – 9 AM (At-the-Door: if space is available; ½-point bye likely in Round 1)

For more information or to register online, click here.

Tenth Annual Greater Chicago Championship Results and Pics

New York, NY, Feb. 3, 2018 – More than 640 players from 129 schools participated in Chicago’s largest US Chess Federation rated tournament of the year – the 10th Annual Greater Chicago K-12 Championship. The competition was fierce, but by the end of the day this year’s City of Chicago Chess Champions were crowned. This year drew huge crowds with over 100 more players than last year.

The tournament is part Kasparov Chess Foundation’s 2019 Greater Scholastic Championships Series of tournaments, spanning two-thirds of the nation. The event is made possible by the collaboration of Chicago Public Schools’ Academic Chess program, Renaissance Knights Chess Foundation, Kasparov Chess Foundation, and sponsorship from the SBB Research Group.

For a complete list of winners, please click here.  Following are some pictures from the event:

The 53rd Annual Greater New York Scholastic Team and Individual Chess Championships, Presented by Kasparov Chess Foundation, Tremendous Success!

New York, NY, Jan. 7, 2019 — More than 1500 students, K – 12, competed in the 53rd Annual Greater New York Scholastic Team and Individual Chess Championships this past weekend (Jan. 5 – 6).  Held at the New York Marriott Hotel at the Brooklyn Bridge, the event drew scholastic players from nine states across more than 300 schools, with some players traveling as far as Illinois, Tennessee and Virginia to attend.

The 2019 Greater New York Championships had near-record-shattering attendance. There were a variety of tournament sections, based on school grade and US Chess rating.

Following are the winners from the Championship sections in High School, Junior High, Elementary, Primary and K-1:

Individual Championship Winners:

K-1: Connor Wang 6/6, Quaker Ridge Elementary, Scarsdale, NY

K-3: Timothy Xie 6/6, South Mountain Elementary, Millburn, NJ

 Elementary Championship (Ties listed in tiebreak order)

K-6: 5.5/6 NM Liam Putnam, Coram, NY

K-6: 5.5/6 NM Liran Zhou, George A Jackson Elementary, Jericho, NY

K-6: 5.5/6 WFM Ellen Wang, Horace Mann School, Bronx, NY

Junior High Championship

5.5/6 FM Nico Chasin, Baruch Middle School, NY, NY

5.5/6 NM Davis Zong, Hunter College High School, NY, NY

5.5/6 NM Jason Liang, Trailside Middle School, Ashburn, VA

High School Championship 

5/6 IM Hans Niemann, Weston High School, Weston, CT

5/6 NM Joseph Zeltsan, Bronx High School of Science, Bronx, NY

5/6 FM Wesley Wang, Jericho High School, Jericho, NY

5/6 NM Max Li, Edgemont Junior/Senior High School, Scarsdale, NY

5/6 William Hu, Jericho High School, Jericho, NY

Team Championship Winners:

K-1: Avenues: The World School, NY, NY

K-3: Speyer Legacy and PS 77 (Lower Lab), NY, NY

K-6: Speyer Legacy, NY, NY

K-9: Hunter College High School, NY, NY

K-12: Jericho High School, Jericho, NY

High School Mixed Doubles Teams:

Evelyn Zhu and Max Li finished – 8.0 (1st on tie breaks)

Nikki Khmelnitsky and IM Hans Niemann – 8.0

For more results, please visit http://www.gnyscc.com/results.html.

The Foundation would like to acknowledge the following Tournament Directors and staff of this wonderful event, many of whom have been doing this tournament for a long time, while others officiated for the first time:

Steve Immitt, David Hater, Danny Rohde, Sophia Rohde, Grant Oen, Korey Kormick, Jabari McGreen, Hector Rodriguez III, Glenn Panner, Martha Underwood, Michelle Martinez, Hal Sprechman, Harold Stenzel, Bob Messenger, Polly Wright, Noreen Davisson, Aris Marghetis, Jim Mullanaphy, Brother John McManus, Aiya Cancio, Jaimie Jones, Karl Heck, Al Lecours, Maya McGreen, Mariah McGreen, Beena McGreen, Kofi McGreen, Eric Stenzel, Ron Young, Harry Heublum, Aaron Kiedes, Anatoly Ostrovskiy, Taraqur Rahman, Yvonne Scorcia, Ernesto Rivera, Ebony Tyler, Jessica MaCarthur, and Beverly Cabarrurias.

Special thanks should also go to the Chess Center of New York and the Little House of Chess for helping to organize this wonderful celebration of chess in New York.

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.

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Young Stars KCF Camp


The Kasparov Chess Foundation (KCF) and Saint Louis Chess Club have been running the very successful Young Stars program for the past six years. The program has helped develop several American chess prodigies from across the country, including the likes of GM Jeffery Xiong and GM Sam Sevian. Students have been capped off with individualized training sessions with Kasparov’s coaching staff and special training sessions with Garry Kasparov himself. This was an installment of the Global Young Stars program, an you can find applications for future sessions here:

Young Stars Program goes Global

The latest of the Young Stars camp brought forward a talented new generation. This KCF camp was the first serious training session for some of the players present, and it gives them new opportunities to jump start their game. Held at the KCF offices in Manhattan, students came from as far as California and even Russia! We anticipate more students from other continents to be a part of the program in future editions.

World’s number one nine year old player: Abhimanyu Mishra from New Jersey Nico Chasin from New York: Bronze medalist of the 2018 World Cadets Championship u-12

Kasparov Chess Foundation director and FIDE Vice President Michael Khodarkovsky along with Garry Kasparov

This year’s participants: on the left Rochelle Wu (California), Abhimanyu Mishra (New Jersey), Christopher Yoo (California), Brandon Jacobson, (New Jersey). Right: Anastassia Matus (Minnesota), Nico Chasin (New York), Bibisara Assaubayeva (Russia), Andrew Hong (California). Center: Garry Kasparov and Michael Khodarkovsky.

Try your luck with two of the puzzles from the camp. Warning: these are quite tough, remember, these are the Young Stars, after all!

White to play and win White to play and draw


Kasparov Chess Foundation Announces the 2019 Greater New York Scholastic Championships

The 53rd Annual Greater NY Scholastic Championships will take place on Jan 5th and 6th at the beautiful NY Marriott Hotel At Brooklyn Bridge, 333 Adams Street (near Borough Hall), Brooklyn, NY. Nearby subway stations: Jay Street Metrotech (A, C, F & R trains), Borough Hall (2, 3, 4 & 5 trains). Hotel policy prohibits food not purchased from hotel in meeting areas!

For more information and to register online visit www.gnyscc.com.

KCF Congratulates Its President, Michael Khodarkovsky, Elected VP of FIDE Presidential Board

Oct. 9, 2018, Batumi, Georgia – The Kasparov Chess Foundation announced the election of its President, Michael Khodarkovsky, to Vice President of FIDE’s Presidential Board. FIDE, the World Chess Federation, is the governing body for the sport of chess.  Mr. Khodarkovsky will continue on in his role as Foundation President.  The vote took place at the FIDE General Assembly on Oct.4 in Batumi, Georgia.

2018 Greater California Scholastics

“The Greater California Scholastic Championships”

By Jerry Yee
The Kasparov Foundation continues to promote not only chess excellence within our elite junior players through world class training workshops and camps, but it also continues it’s series of annual popular tournaments in the greater areas of New York, Chicago, Mid-Atlantic and this summer in California.

The coveted prizes

The 4th Annual Greater California Scholastic Chess Championships took place over the weekend of August 18-19th in sunny Southern California. The venue was Maple Park Community Center in the affluent neighborhood of Glendale. It has officially become an annual summer tradition for families to trek their way through the maze of freeways in Southern California to participate in
the most prestigious event of the summer. The organizers of the event were friendly local rivals Beyond Chess and American Chess Academy (ACA). The two legendary chess training organizations
forged a unique and rare partnership in 2015 in an age where rivals typically do not collaborate. That was when the idea of adding California to the Kasparov Foundation’s “Greater” series was born.

ACA President IM Armen Ambartsoumian (pictured above) and Beyond Chess owner IM Sarah Deng both felt it was important to have a prestigious annual summer event in Southern California that would fill an obvious void at the time for quality competitive events in a very populated area of the country. The idea has been a success. A record turnout of 237 young players filled the 250 capacity seat
basketball gymnasium at Maple Park. There were 74 players in the JV K-3 Under 600 category, further proof that chess is thriving among our youngest players. The K-12 Open section saw 2 of the state’s top girls under 18 and a national master competing, the strongest showing ever in the 4 year annual event’s history.

Kasparov Foundation’s President Michael Khodarkovsky (pictured above) was this year’s honored special guest at the event and he was not disappointed. He witnessed the kind of enthusiasm and competitiveness at this year’s championship that makes a national top level coach like him very proud to be a part of. He saw more evidence that youth chess in America is as great as ever filled with unlimited potential.

Intensity was high during the rounds

The images from the event truly capture the focus and intensity of young chess players competing in a much needed serious tournament during the summer. The hope is to one day have the honor of former world champion Garry Kasparov himself make a guest appearance in Southern California. If that happens, the dreams of many young local players would come true on that day. We would have the Kasparov Foundation, Beyond Chess and American Chess Academy to thank for making that a reality.

Link to the results can be found here


New Yorker video on KCF All-Girls National

Jenny Schweitzer, a filmmaker and video journalist based in New York city, has published a lovely piece for The New Yorker on the All-Girls National Championship that was held in Chicago, Illinois in April. The video and accompanying article focus on the struggles girls have in the boy dominated world that chess is, and how this tournament helps them overcome some of their fears, and find friendships along the way.

This was the 15th edition of the tournament, which was originated and has been continuously sponsored by the Kasparov Chess Foundation.

The full article can be found at The New Yorker website, and we leave you with this excellent video: