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

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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

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