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Tremendous Turnout For Kasparov Chess Foundation’s Greater New York Scholastic Chess Championships

1,000+ K – 12 Students Across Greater New York Entered This Year’s Tournament.

New York, NY, Jan. 13, 2015 — Kasparov Chess Foundation (KCF) held its 2015 Greater New York Scholastic Championships on Sat., Jan. 10th and Sun., Jan. 11th, at the New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge.  With more than 1,000 registrants, KCF organized and sponsored the tournament in association with Barclaycard, Chess Center of New York and Little House of Chess.

In total, players from more than 190 schools, across five states, including NY, NJ, CT, PA, and DE were represented at the tournament.  Special thanks goes to NTDs Sophia Rohde and Steve Immitt for directing the tournament, Danny Rohde who served as chief arbiter, and Nils Grotnes for his technical support and tournament website development.  For a complete recap of results and standings, please visit: www.gnyscc.com.

Following are individual and team winners:

High School Varsity:

Individual: Alexander Spinnell, Stuyvesant High School ( 5.5 of 6 )

Team: Stuyvesant High School – New York, NY

High School Under 1900:

Individual: Florizelle Songco, Hunter College High School ( 4.5 of 5 )

Team: Christian Brothers Academy – Lincroft, NJ

High School Under 1400:

Individual: Siraat Mustafa, New Lane Memorial Elementary School ( 5 of 5 )

Team: Christian Brothers Academy – Lincroft, NJ

Junior High Varsity:

Individual: Justin Chen, NYC Lab Middle School for Collaborative Studies ( 6 of 6)

Team: Eugenio Maria De Hostos I.S. 318 – Brooklyn, NY

Junior High Under 1300:

Individual: Chun Liu, Locust Valley Intermediate School ( 4.5 of 5 )

Team: NEST+m School – New York, NY

Junior High Under 700:

Individual: Oleksandr Goncharov Jr ( 5 of 5 )

Team: Sojourner Truth PS149 – New York, NY

Primary Varsity:

Individual:  Nico Chasin, Greenwich Village PS41 ( 5.5 of 6 )

Team: NEST+m School – New York, NY

Primary Under 1000:

Individual: Dhruv Jhamb, Avenues: The World School ( 5 of 5 )

Team: Avenues: The World School – New York, NY

Primary Under 400:

Individual: Pearce Marinis, Lower Lab School PS77 ( 5 of 5, won playoff against Alexandra Jablonski )

Team: Avenues: The World School – New York, NY

Elementary Varsity:

Individual: Winston Ni, Princeton Day School – Princeton, NJ ( 5.5 of 6 )

Team: Speyer Legacy School – New York, NY

Elementary Under 1200:

Individual: Eric Wu, Princeton Day School ( 5 of 5, won playoff against Joshua Dong)

Team: School of Discovery and Exploration PS503 – Brooklyn, NY

Elementary Under 700:

Individual: Alexander Pierre Joy, Alexine A. Fenty PS139 ( 5 of 5, won playoff against Ethan Striff-Cave and Benjamin Botnik )

Team: The Richard Rodgers School Of The Arts And Technology PS166 – New York, NY

K-1 Varsity:

Individual: Will Safranek, Dalton School ( 6 of 6 )

Team: Dalton School – New York, NY

K-1 Under 500:

Individual: Albert W Zhu, Johnson Park Elementary School ( 5 of 5, won playoff against Shane Saber )

Team: The Anderson School PS334 – New York, NY

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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NYT – A Grandmaster Before 14, With Kasparov on His Side

 

Check out the article in the 1/8/14 NY Times to learn more about Grandmaster Sam Sevian and how the Kasparov Chess Foundation works with young prodigies to help them become champions.  See A Grandmaster Before 14, With Kasparov on His Side.

Boston Globe Features KCF’s Young Stars – Team USA Student, Sam Sevian, Youngest Grand Master

The Boston Globe’s Dec. 24th, 2014 issue includes an article titled, “Southbridge’s Sam Sevian, 13, is Youngest US Chess Grandmaster.“ In 2012, Sevian was selected by the Kasparov Chess Foundation in a partnership with the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis to develop American chess prodigies from around the nation. The program, called Young Stars – Team USA, was designed to offer extraordinarily talented children the opportunity to maximize their potential and achieve the highest level in chess. The Young Stars program includes several annual training sessions with former World Chess Champion Garry Kasparov, featured in the article.

Kasparov Chess Foundation Presents 49th Annual Greater New York Scholastic Team and Individual Chess Championships

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WHEN: Sat., Jan 10 – Sun., Jan. 11, 2015 

WHERE: New York Marriott Hotel At The Brooklyn Bridge

New York, NY, Dec. 20, 2014 — The Kasparov Chess Foundation is hosting and sponsoring, in association with Barclaycard, the 2015 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. 10th – 11th 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).

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 Varsity sections, including K-1 Varsity, will be over two days: 3 rounds on Saturday January 10 and 3 rounds on Sunday January 11!  Varsity section games start at 10 am, 1 pm and 4 pm both days. Awards ceremonies at about 6:30 pm Sunday (possibly earlier).

Non-Varsity 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.  Varsity 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.

Ideal for the beginner as well as top-rated competitive players, non-Varsity games are 30 minutes per player + 5-seconds delay per move. Varsity games are 60 minutes per player + 10-seconds delay per move. (Non-delay clocks get no additional time.) All games are rated by the United States Chess Federation (USCF). The January 2015 USCF Rating List is used (but unofficial ratings at www.uschess.org are usually used if players would otherwise be unrated on the January 2015 official rating list).

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; $50 per player through Dec. 26,  $57 after that through January 5th (If you enter four or more players from the same school, on the same registration, a discount of $5 per player will be given), $70 per player through January 8th, but no team discount after January 5th. The on site fees are $80 per player (beginning the evening of Friday 9th until 8:30 am on the day of the tournament), and then $100 per player from 8:30-9:00 am.

For answers to any questions, please email us at chesscentr@gmail.com or call 347-201-CCNY (2269). Students are requested to bring clocks, while sets and boards will be supplied by Little House of Chess, http://www.littlehouseofchess.com.

The five tournaments follow:

K-1 CHAMPIONSHIP

2 sections, open to all born after 1/10/07 AND ALSO in grade 1/below: 1. Saturday and Sunday: K-1 Varsity, 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 500, open to players rated Under 500 or Unrated. Trophies to the top 12 and the top 3 Unrateds.

PRIMARY CHAMPIONSHIP

3 separate sections, open to all born after 1/10/05 AND ALSO in grade 3/below: 1. Saturday and Sunday: Primary Varsity, 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 400, open to all rated under 400 in or Unrated. Trophies to the top 12 players and the top 3 Unrateds.

JUNIOR HIGH CHAMPIONSHIP

3 separate sections, open to all born after 1/10/99 and in grade 9/below: 1. Saturday and Sunday: Junior High Varsity, open to all. Trophies to 12 top-scoring players and the top 3 Unrateds. Plaques are also awarded to the top 2 in each grade 4 to 6. 2. Saturday: Junior High Under 1300 for rated players under 1300 or Unrated. Trophies to the top 12 and the top 3 Unrateds. 3. Saturday: Junior High Under 700 or Unrated for rated players under 700 or Unrated. Trophies for the top 12 players and the top 3 Unrateds.

ELEMENTARY CHAMPIONSHIP

3 sections, open to all born after 1/10/02 AND ALSO in grade 6/below: 1. Saturday and Sunday: Elementary Varsity, open to all. Trophies to 12 top-scoring players and the top 3 Unrateds. 2. Sunday: Elementary Under 1200 for rated players under 1200 or Unrated. Trophies to the top 12 and the top 3 Unrateds. 3. Sunday: Elementary Under 700 for rated players under 1200 or Unrated. Trophies for the top 12 players and the top 3 Unrateds.

HIGH SCHOOL CHAMPIONSHIP

3 sections, for players born after 1/10/95 and in grades K-12: 1. Saturday and Sunday: High School Varsity, open to all. Trophies for the 12 top-scoring players and top 3 Unrateds. Plaques are also awarded to the top 2 in each grade 7 to 9. 2. Sunday: High School Under 1700 for Under 1700 rated players or Unrated. Trophies to the top 12 and top 3 Unrateds. 3. Sunday: High School Under 1400, for rated players Under 1400 or Unrated. Trophies to the top 12 and the top 3 Unrateds.

In every tournament, anyone scoring 4 or more in non-Varsity sections, or 5 or more in Varsity, who doesn’t win a trophy receives a medal instead! All sections also have trophies for the 3 top scoring teams. Even more prizes, including Mixed Doubles Bonus Prizes, can be won! Please check www.gnyscc.com for details.

Barclaycard has for several years now contributed to scholastic chess in multiple countries around the world. The project they focus most of their efforts on is Yes2Chess, with an internet chess server specially for children where a yearly international qualification competition is held. The program starts Monday, January 5th, but schools can join until Friday, February 27th at the latest.

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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Online Registration Opens for Greater NY Scholastic Championships

For those interested in registering for the 2015 Greater NY Scholastic Championships, please click here.

Sevian, 13, Sets New Record as Youngest-Ever American Grandmaster

SAINT LOUIS (November 24, 2014) – A 13-year-old has set a new low for chess’ highest achievement.

On Saturday evening at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis, Boston seventh-grader Sam Sevian completed the final requirement necessary to earn the title of Grandmaster, the highest title a chess player can attain. There are just over 1,450 Grandmasters around the world, 83 of them representing the U.S. Chess Federation.

The achievement sets a new record for the youngest American Grandmaster in history, dropping the bar to 13 years, 10 months and 27 days. The record was once held by American legend Bobby Fischer, and shattered the previous record of 14 years, 11 months and 16 days set by Webster University student Ray Robson. Sevian is the sixth-youngest Grandmaster in world history.

Per the requirements of FIDE, the World Chess Federation, Sevian had already completed his three “norms” — or, superior performances in high-level tournaments — and needed only to crest a strength rating of 2500 to earn the Grandmaster title. Sevian arrived in St. Louis last Friday just 16 points shy of the mark, then won his first four games of the CCSCSL Invitational — including a drama-filled affair with International Master Andrei Gorovets on Saturday night as his final step. Sevian will hold the internationally recognized title for life.

Sevian, now the world’s first Grandmaster born in this millennium, has been a long-watched prodigy already holding records as the fastest American to chess’ other two elite titles: National and International Master. He became a World Champion for boys under the age of 12 at the World Youth Chess Championship in 2012, and is currently the No. 1 player in the world under age 14.

In 2012, Sevian was selected by the Kasparov Chess Foundation in a partnership with the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis to develop American chess prodigies from around the nation. The program, called Young Stars – Team USA, was designed to offer extraordinarily talented children the opportunity to maximize their potential and achieve the highest level in chess. The Young Stars program includes several annual training sessions with former World Chess Champion Garry Kasparov.

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About the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis

The Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization that is committed to making chess an important part of our community. In addition to providing a forum for the community to play tournaments and casual games, the club also offers chess improvement classes, beginner lessons and special lectures.

Recognizing the cognitive and behavioral benefits of chess, the Chess Club and Scholastic Center is committed to supporting those chess programs that already exist in area schools while encouraging the development of new in-school and after-school programs. For more information, visit www.saintlouischessclub.org.

About the Kasparov Chess Foundation

Founded by World Chess Champion Garry Kasparov, KFC’s mission is to bring the many educational benefits of chess to children throughout the United States by providing enrichment programs and a complete chess curriculum. 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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Sixteen-Yr-Old Grandmaster Kayden Troff Crowned Jumior Champ in Saint Louis

Kayden Troff, who recently won the US Chess Championships, has participated in KCF’s Gifted Students program.  To read all about his recent win, click here:

The United States Chess Federation – GM Kayden Troff Crowned Junior Champ in Saint Louis

Kasparov Coaches Congress on Chess – Organizes First Congressional Chess Tourney

“The lawmakers were competing in the first Congressional Chess Tournament, designed to raise awareness of the game’s educational benefits and the importance of introducing chess to young people nationwide. Joining the teen coaches was Garry Kasparov, arguably the greatest chess player of all time.”

To read the entire article, Congressmen Play Chess to Raise Awareness of Game, Washington Post, click here.

To read the USCF post, titled, Juniors Help Congress at Capitol Hill Tourney, click here.

To read Chessbase’s post, First US Congressional Chess Tournament, click here.

To read Politico’s article, Lawmakers’ strategic moves at Congressional Chess Tournament, click here.

To read the Washington Times’ article, SANDS: Kasparov, New Caucus Mark First Congressional Chess Tourney, click here.

Ellen Xiang Wins Top Section at Record Breaking All-Girls – Reported by United States Chess Federation (USCF)

The 11th Annual All Girls National Championship in Northbrook, Illinois set a record high for attendance with 322 girls playing from across the country. Read all about it as reported by the United States Chess Federation, click here.