• About NSCF Tournaments

    This year NSCF will produce 18 tournaments in Westchester County, NY and in Greenwich, CT. NSCF scholastic tournaments are open to all students (K-12). All events 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 (see drop-down menu when you are filling in the Player Information). 

    In addition, NSCF administers 7 tournaments for Hunter College Campus Schools. These events are noted on our calendar in purple and link you to the Hunter Chess site to register.

    Many NSCF students also participate in New York State and USCF National Scholastic Tournaments.

    You can register for our tournaments by clicking the links within the Events listing.

    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 arrive no later than 9:30 am 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

     

  • About the NSCF


    The National Scholastic Chess Foundation

    Inspiring Excellence Through Chess

    The National Scholastic Chess Foundation (NSCF) is a 501(c)3 non-profit educational organization founded in 1990 to provide the benefits of a chess education to students of all ages.

    The primary focus of the NSCF’s programs is to develop critical thinkers. The cornerstone of the critical thinking process is considering and evaluating options. This process requires discipline, deliberation and decision. For over 25 years, the NSCF has  worked with diverse populations in private and public schools, with children in gifted programs as well as those with special needs. The NSCF has shown that chess is a tool that helps students develop independent study and problem-solving skills and helps educators attain positive learning outcomes in all core subject areas.

    The NSCF operates a variety of programs in 70 schools in 30 different communities in New York and Connecticut, and implements teacher training programs in communities across the USA.

    In the Curriculum – The NSCF specializes in curricular instruction where chess is offered to all students during the school day. In dealing with a wide spectrum of ability and interest, keeping everyone engaged is a priority. The instruction de-emphasizes winning and focuses on the process of move selection. This approach encourages experimentation and minimizes performance anxiety. 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.

    Enrichment – The NSCF provides chess instruction as an enrichment activity. Studies have shown that regular participation in high-quality after-school programs is linked to significant gains in standardized test scores, increased student attendance and engagement in school, as well as improved behavior. (1)

    Community Programs – The NSCF offers community classes with partners, such as YMCA, Boys & Girls Clubs, and local parks & recreation departments, among others.

    Summer Learning – The NSCF also operates summer chess programs designed to provide a more intensive exposure to chess for players of all abilities.

    Tournaments – The NSCF organizes scholastic tournaments for those students who are attracted to the competitive aspect of chess. Twenty tournaments are offered during the school year with special recognition for students performing at a high level on a consistent basis throughout the season. Many NSCF students also participate in state, national and international tournaments.

    Teacher Training – The NSCF provides professional development so teachers are equipped to add chess as a curricular or enrichment activity in their schools. Working with school districts and community partners, the NSCF’s goal is to increase the use of chess in education by offering instructional resources and teacher training tied to state standards. The NSCF also promotes activities that increase public awareness of the benefits of chess in education and in society as a whole.

    Scholarships – The NSCF awards scholarships to its programs on the basis of need. The NSCF also recognizes excellence in chess and education by co-sponsoring the National Scholar Chessplayer Awards.

     

    (1) Afterschool Alliance 

  • 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.