• About NSCF Tournaments

    This year NSCF will produce 16 tournaments in Westchester County, NY and in Greenwich, CT. NSCF scholastic tournaments are open to all students (K-12). In addition to prizes for each tournament, these events also earn Grand Prix points which reward highly active and high-scoring tournament players for their performance over multiple events. Grand Prix points are tabulated after the last tournament of the school year with awards presented early in the following school year. For more information, see "What do I need to know about the Grand Prix?" near the bottom of our FAQ page

    All of our tournaments are USCF-rated. A current USCF membership is required. If your child is joining the US Chess Federation for first time or has an expired membership, we have made arrangements for a special one-year membership discount. You can purchase this when you register for an event. (On the first page of our registration form, there is a link that says Click here to join during the registration process.) 

    In addition, NSCF administers 7 tournaments for Hunter College Campus Schools, in Manhattan.

    You can register for all of our tournaments by clicking the links within the Tournaments & Classes listing.

    Many NSCF students also participate in New York State and USCF National Scholastic Tournaments. Some of these are included in our Tournaments listing, but we do not handle the registration.

    Please remember the following:
    (1) Your registration is not confirmed until you receive a confirming email.
    (2) Please bring a copy of the confirming email to the tournament or class in case there is a question.
    (3) Tournament players, please check your section start time, plan to arrive 20 minutes prior to the scheduled start time, and check the pre-registration list to make sure your name is on it.

    Questions? If they are not handled in the FAQ section, please Contact the NSCF office


  • Hunter Tournaments & Camps

    Hunter College Elementary School, 71 East 94th Street, New York, NY  10128  



    Each year Hunter College Campus Schools produces 7 tournaments that are among the most popular scholastic chess events in the city.

    Remaining Events for the 2017-2018 School Year:

    Sunday, April 15, 2018

    Sunday, May 6, 2018

    Registration details for each event are available by clicking the above dates. 

    Questions? If they are not handled in the FAQ section, please Contact the NSCF Office.



    Hunter Summer Chess Camp

    To Register, Click Here!

    Each year we offer a fun and challenging summer chess camp at Hunter Elementary School with instruction by Grandmaster-elect Farai Mandizha, under the direction of FIDE Master Sunil Weeramantry, and our dedicated staff. Open to Students in Grades 1 – 7, our camp features…

    Small Class Size for Lots of Individual Attention
    Group Lectures
    Group and Individual Game Analysis
    Opening Preparation
    Endgame Technique
    Structured Play
    Supervised Sports Activities during Breaks
    Air Conditioned Classrooms
    Daily Snack and Lunch provided 

    Weekly Schedule

    July 9 – 12 (Monday through Thursday)

    July 16 – 19 (Monday through Thursday)

    July 23 – 28 (Monday through Thursday)

    Program Hours

    9:00 am – 3:00 pm – early drop-off available beginning at 8:30 am

    (After-care, if needed, is available at the rate of $10 per hour, with latest pick-up time of 5:00 pm, by paying cash to the care provider) 

    Program Fees

    1st Family member – $400 per week; $350 per week with early registration

    2nd Family member – $350 per week; $300 per week with early registration

    Early rate available until 12 midnight on Friday, May 18, 2018



  • New York and Connecticut Schools

    New York and Connecticut Schools

    In the 2015-16 school year, NSCF instructors will teach over 150 classes in over 70 schools in 30 different communities. And we are always open to adding more.

    The NSCF specializes in curricular instruction where chess is offered to all students during the school day. Our approach to teaching chess in the curriculum is unique. As all students in a curricular class are required to study chess, there will invariably be a wide spectrum of ability and interest. NSCF instructors make it their responsibility to ensure that everyone is engaged. To this end, we de-emphasize the result and focus on the move selection process. This approach minimizes performance anxiety and encourages experimentation and risk-taking. Every stage in the original version of Bloom’s taxonomy is addressed here. To Bloom's list, a chess player would add ‘decision’ as that is the culminating stage of the process. 

    The NSCF also provides chess instruction as an enrichment activity for elementary, middle and high school students. Enrichment classes are oriented more towards preparing for tournament play as the majority of students who elect to take them have some interest in competing. Most of these classes run after school but can also be early morning or lunch-time clubs. Several studies have shown that regular participation in high-quality after school programs is linked to significant gains in standardized test scores and improved work habits, increased student attendance and engagement in school as well as a reduction in behavior problems.

    Please contact the NSCF office if your school is interested in offering one of our programs.


  • Scarsdale Chess Club for Children


    Saturday Chess Club for Children
    at the Scarsdale Girl Scout House - Winter 2015

    For the 27th consecutive year, the National Scholastic Chess Foundation is offering its Saturday Chess Club for Children.

    We have taught scores of children at the club over the years and we are very proud that many of the best scholastic players in the area have honed their skills at our club. The club features special lectures, chess problem-solving, fun games and competitive play. Each student will find appropriate challenges at his or her level of play.

    Location: Girl Scout House in Scarsdale, NY
      37 Wayside Lane (just off Route 22)
    Eligibility: All students in K–6th Grade
    Cost: $150 ($100 for Scarsdale residents) for 6 weeks

    Saturdays: from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
    Dates: January 31; February 7, 28; March 7, 14, 21

    (Revised due to weather cancellation Jan. 24)



    Register Online using the linkor

    Register by Mail:

    Download registration form (PDF)
    Make checks payable to NSCF.
    Please mail the form with your check to:
    NSCF, 171 E. Post Road (Suite 206), White Plains, NY 10601.

    Contact the NSCF office