October 2019 – On Columbus Day, the NSCF will once again present Chess at the Library in partnership with the New Rochelle Public Library. Click here to download a flyer with all the details. Our partnership with the Library continues with a new 10-class series of Free chess and literacy classes beginning on Monday, November 4. The classes, presented by NSCF Instructor Nathan Goldberg, will feature our book "Great Moves: Learning Chess Through History" and are open to students from grades 5 through 12 and their parents. Here's the link to that flyer!

September 2019 – In September, Sunil marks 40 years since starting the chess program at Hunter College Elementary School. The program became a model for chess in the curriculum programs all over the nation. The September issue of Chess Life includes an excellent feature story.

September 2019 – On September 3, the Scarsdale Inquirer ran a feature story on William Graif, one of Sunil's students and a frequent coach for us. In August, William won the Canadian Junior Chess Championship.

January 2019 Greenwich Time and Greenwich Sentinel and the Patch all ran our release about the Greenwich City Scholastic Chess Championship, and an "all-things-chess" website out of Europe published this Feature Review about NSCF's programs.

May 2018 – During 2018 USCF Elementary Nationals, Sunil was interviewed by Ben Johnson for his Perpetual Chess podcast. The two discussed Sunil's career in chess, both past and present, and plans for the future, as well as some general insights in competitive chess and chess in education. You can see the lead-in and hear the interview by clicking this link.

April 2018 – NSCF's community programs serving Broward County, Florida were featured in the April edition of Chess Life, the official magazine of the US Chess Federation.

Sunil and Robert will be attending the US Chess National High School Championship this weekend in Columbus to sign copies of their new book "Great Moves: Learning Chess Through History". Click here for a flyer with the details

March 2018 – Sunil was interviewed on CBS News online (sorry, archive was lost, but trust us, it was cool!).

November 2017 Greenwich Post and Greenwich Sentinel each ran a quick feature about the start of the 2017-18 NSCF Grand Prix season. 

April 2017 – Chess parents from Ward Elementary shared this story about one our tournaments in New Rochelle Talk.  

January 2017 – Chess educators explore connections between chess and the arts: An article about the Queen's Journey event from last Fall is on the main edition of the chessbase news site. It shares the education context of why we produced this ballet-music-history-and-chess performance.

February 2016 – En espanol! Interview with Sunil from Gibraltar ran in papers in Spain as well as on the Spanish-language edition of the chessbase news site

November 2015 – Bronxville Elementary Students Learn Chess, featuring the NSCF after school program and instructor Silvio Rosato ran on The Patch, an online newspaper. 

October 2015 – New Rochelle Daily Voice and the Greenwich Post each ran a quick feature about the start of the 2015-16 NSCF Grand Prix season. 

January 2015 – Author and NSCF board member Betsy Berns Korn shared a parent's perspective on the benefits of chess for children on 1490 WGCH radio in Greenwich.

December 2014 – This one is about two of our young NSCF students at the Brunswick School who are using their knowledge and enthusiasm for chess to help others. Greenwich Time ran a very nice feature story!

September 2014 – NSCF Executive Director Sunil Weeramantry was featured in Concordia University's School of Education newsmagazine.

April/May 2014 – The visit by Uganda's Junior Chess Champion and all-around inspirational success story, Phiona Mutesi, and her coach Robert Katende generated press coverage for NSCF on the Westchester Journal News website on April 30th (Ugandan Chess Queen Speaks to Westchester Students) and on May 8 (Chess Expert Wows Greenburgh Elementary School Audience).

Earlier stories included features on Chess.com, the chessdrum and other publications around the world.

"NSCF Chess Camps Help Prevent Summer Learning Loss and Teach Kids Skills for the Next School Year" ran in the Pelham Post on May 9 and earlier in the Hartsdale Roundup.

March 2014  – One of our booster moms, Julia Golier Bornmann recently wrote about the Greenwich Academy tournament which was published to the Bronxville online news.


From the Archives

In the August 2010 edition of Chess Life, National Master (now FM) Alec Getz wrote about his experience at HS Nationals on one of the Hunter teams coached by Sunil. (PDF courtesy of USChess; our thanks to Dan Lucas.)

In this 1999 New York Times article, Sunil shares some of his teaching philosophy.

Chess on Sesame Street: Another favorite from the archives, this video clip features Sunil's chess program for lower grades.


Recommended books for beginning players.

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