Biggest Turnout in History For Kasparov Chess Foundation’s Greater New York Scholastic Chess Championships

1,240+ K – 12 Students Across Greater NY Participated in This Year’s Tournament.

New York, NY, Jan. 11, 2016 — Kasparov Chess Foundation (KCF) held its 2016 Greater New York Scholastic Championships on Sat., Jan. 9th and Sun., Jan. 10th, at the New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge. According to Chief Arbiter, David Hater, the tournament attracted 1,242 students from across the New York Metropolitan area, representing the biggest turnout in the tournament’s 50-year history.

Below is a list of Varsity individual and team winners. For the complete list of results, please visit our tournament web site at

Following are Varsity individual and team winners:

High School  

Individual: Ethan Li (5 1/2 out of 6)

Team: Stuyvesant (16 ½ points in a tiebreak over NEST)

Junior High

Individual:  Justin Chen (5-1 tiebreak over Akash Kumar, Ariun Rai, and Max Li)

Team:  IS 318 (17 ½ points)


Individual: Davis Zong Jr.  (6-0)

Team:  NEST (18 ½ points)


Individual: Lucas Foerster-Yialamas (6-0)

Team:  Dalton (18 ½ points)


Individual: Daniel Luo (6-0)

Team:  Dalton (14 ½ points)



As an added treat for participants, the Foundation Chairman, Garry Kasparov was on hand to sign books, stand for pictures, and offer encouragement to the students.   To view more images, please visit

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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