Dispatch from the All Girls Nationals: “I am Here to Fight the Chess Wars”

Keyla entered her first Kasparov Chess Foundation All Girl’s Nationals ready to fight the chess wars, make friends, and improve her chess skills. As we walked into the opening ceremony, I saw both nervousness and excitement in her eyes. The energy from the rest of the girls was contagious and within seconds her nervousness seemed to subside.

To read the rest of the article, visit the US Chess Federation.

Check Out the KCF Q1 Newsletter to Find Out What We’re Doing Around the Globe

The Kasparov Chess Foundation has gone global.  Did you know that we’re now in 5 continents? Check out our latest newsletter to get the worldwide story. Click here.


Check Out Pics from All Girls Nationals

Nearly 400 young women from around the country gathered in Chicago on April 12 – 14, 2019 for the All Girls Nationals.  Check out pics from the event here.

Results Are in for the 2019 All Girls National Championships

Results are in at the 16th Annual Kasparov Chess Foundation All Girls Nationals. Winners include 9-year-old Alice Lee of Minnesota, who played way up to win the Under 18 section. Aria Hoesley took down the Under 16, Sophie Tien won the Under 14 and Iris Mou prevailed in the Under 12. Riya Kanury tied with Mary Elisabeth Tracy in the Under 10 and Alexandra Phung scored a perfect 6-0 in the Under 8. Find full final standings here.

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

Chicago, IL, Feb. 3, 2019 – 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