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:

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

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