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Learning Through Competition

Entering the world of competitive chess helps unlock a whole new world for students who love the game. For many, tournaments open up more of the joys and benefits of learning chess. 

Throughout the school year, the NSCF organizes scholastic tournaments to promote:

Social Connections – Players interact with other players and can form new friendships.

Competition – Tournaments are challenging and help players improve their game. Players who record their moves are able to have their games analyzed and learn from their mistakes.

Emotional Growth– Chess players can experience positive and negative feelings during and after a game. Learning to deal with these emotions is an important step for every child. 

Further, the structured environment encourages understanding the rules, and being comfortable in asserting one’s own rights during a game. Many rules require players to speak up for themselves.


Each school year, the NSCF produces scholastic chess tournaments in Westchester County, New York and western Connecticut. Our tournaments are open to all students (K-12) regardless of residency.

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In addition to the NSCF tournaments, each year the NSCF administers 7 tournaments for Hunter College Campus Schools in Manhattan. These tournaments are also open to students regardless of which school they attend.


All of our tournaments are rated by USChess, the governing body for competitive chess in America. A current USChess membership is required to play in rated sections.

For younger players, we also offer novice sections (K-1 Unrated and 2-3 Unrated). You do not need to be a member of USChess to play in these sections.

You can register for all of our tournaments by clicking the links within the Tournaments section.

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 in case there is a question.
(3) Tournament players, 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.



If your child is joining USChess for the first-time or has an expired membership, we have made arrangements for a special discount on one-year youth memberships. You can purchase a membership when you register for an event. For new members: on the first page of our registration form, there is a link that says “Click to join USChess.” For expired memberships, enter your USChess ID and follow the prompts.


The NSCF also produces scholastic tournaments as part of its community initiatives in Florida. These events are unrated and are free for participants thanks to grants and sponsors. Click here for a listing of the events.



If you are interested in bringing a chess tournament to your school or community, please contact us by email: or telephone: (914) 683-5322.