After almost 3 years of diligent work, our book "Great Moves: Learning Chess Through History" is finally available. 

Here's the back cover copy and some great endorsements from two of our early readers:

“The development of a chess player runs parallel with chess itself; a study of the history of playing methods therefore has great practical value.” – Former World Chess Champion, Grandmaster Dr. Max Euwe

What’s the best way to learn chess? Great Moves: Learning Chess Through History blends the intricacies of chess play with the game’s compelling and colorful history, putting real people at the 64 squares. Tracing the development of chess from its origins in ancient India, the authors take the student on a far-ranging journey through the palaces of medieval and Renaissance Europe to the cafés of the Enlightenment and the dawn of the Industrial Age, with a focus on the leading personalities of the royal game and on their contributions to understanding of it. Rogues and champions, tragic as well as inspirational human stories all serve as the backdrop for illustrative games and exercises of increasing complexity highlighting their discoveries, and invite the student to grasp the potential of chess to fascinate. Much more than a primer for beginning chess players and their teachers, Great Moves shines a light on the lives of famous players of bygone eras, helping experienced players to fi ll in the gaps in their chess culture.

“Sunil Weeramantry & Co. have delivered a long needed scholastic workbook that places chess within the history of ideas and brings students into practical contact with the evolution of chess thought.” – Dr. Jeff Bulington, Nationally Recognized Chess Educator

“An exciting new idea which makes the game’s rich history come alive, I can see Great Moves becoming as popular with adults as it will surely be for students.” – Judit Polgar, Grandmaster and Chess Educator

Order directly: donate $35 (or more) to NSCF and we'll send you a copy (includes postage).

Be the first to see a truly unique text that teaches chess and social studies as a blended learning project.

In September 2017, Sunil marked 40 years as a chess educator. Over his career he has had the pleasure of seeing many of his students go on to master level and above, and to represent the US in chess competitions around the world. And he's had countless national champions, both team and individual. But even more important are the students who have gone on to success in college and in life who reach out to him to tell him how studying chess was instrumental in their later success. Our 40th Anniversary Appeal is focused on helping to package up what Sunil has figured out by trial and error so that countless more students can benefit from scholastic chess.

NSCF curriculum development programs are helping to expand the use of chess to improve outcomes in American education.

Over the past three years, the NSCF has developed and piloted a teacher training program comprised of two eight-hour workshops and additional online support. Over 400 teachers in schools and community programs in Broward County, Florida have completed at least one workshop. Dozens of free chess programs in schools, summer camps and other centers serving young people have opened throughout the county. Click the blue link to read a short summary report on the Next Move Chess Initiative from June 2015 through December 2016. You can also click here to read the October 2014 to May 2015 report.

Your support will help us take this program to other communities across the nation. (We've already trained 30 teachers in Fresno County, California!)

In addition, Sunil and the NSCF team have completed a new blended learning textbook that teaches chess and social studies. Entitled "Great Moves: Learning Chess Through History," the goal of this project is to use chess to increase cultural literacy among middle school students. (More info here.)

We are now working on a new curriculum program to bring chess to early learners (pre-K and kindergarten) and a 25th Anniversary edition of Sunil's book (co-authored with Ed Eusebi), "Best Lessons of a Chess Coach" for intermediate students, and above.

Your support will help us grow these efforts. Thank you for your kind consideration.

The NSCF provides scholarships on the basis of need to help students participate in chess tournaments. You can help by sponsoring a child at a tournament. A donation of $50 will pay the entry fee for one NSCF chess tournament plus membership dues in the US Chess Federation for one year. A donation of $412 pays for 10 tournaments and a USCF membership for the same child.

The NSCF helps Title 1 schools provide curricular chess instruction for their students. You can help schools in low-income areas offer chess as a means of improving educational outcomes. A donation of $5,000 covers the cost of 20 weeks of chess instruction (teacher plus materials) to two classes in a grade level. You can contribute all or a portion of the cost.

The NSCF, in partnership with the Broward Education Foundation, has created the Next Move chess program to introduce chess in schools and in community programs. You can help establish a chess club at a Title 1 school or in a community program. Your donation of $500 will cover the cost of 2 full day workshops for a teacher or a volunteer to be able to lead the club. Each workshop includes curriculum and content support, including online resources for the teacher.

Double Your Impact. Your $500 donation becomes $1,000 through a matching grant from the State of Florida, administered by Broward Education Foundation. 

The NSCF provides scholarships on the basis of need. You can help a child attend summer chess camp. A donation of $500 will send a student to camp for one week.