• 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


  • Executive Director


    FM Sunil Weeramantry

    NSCF’s founder and executive director is FIDE Master Sunil Weeramantry, a nationally acclaimed instructor who has over 40 years’ experience teaching and developing award-winning programs.

    Sunil is a pioneer in the field of curricular chess instruction. Starting in 1979, he developed a comprehensive chess program at Manhattan's Hunter College Campus Schools, a leading laboratory school for talented and gifted students. This program evolved to the point where chess is now a required subject for all students in kindergarten through fifth grade and when the school offered pre-Sunil taught chess to those students as well. Over a 10 year period, over 500 4-year-olds were introduced to chess through weekly classes.

    A staunch advocate of the value of chess in education, Sunil has worked closely with many different schools over the past 35+ years. The NSCF program implemented under Sunil’s direction at Jr. High School 45 in the Bronx ran for seven years and is still regarded as a shining example of total community involvement. Curricular chess classes, active parent involvement, support from local businesses, early morning chess games with police officers, visits by the chess team to homes for the elderly, all these were key ingredients in shaping character. Not only did this team win several awards, the majority of its members went on to attend college.

    More recently, Sunil designed a pilot program for Greenwich Academy, an elite all-girls school in Greenwich, CT. The program was so successful that chess is now established as a curricular subject in the Lower School from grades 1-3.

    Another exciting collaboration is with the Speyer Legacy School, a private school in Manhattan designed to meet the needs of advanced learners through an accelerated and enriched curriculum. Sunil teaches and directs a chess program that provides curricular instruction twice a week to all students, kindergarten through fourth grade. Middle school students (grades 5 through 8) can participate in a chess elective that meets three times in each six-day cycle. The school recently designed a state-of-the-art chess room with audio-visual and computer support.

    Sunil served as the first Chairman of the US Chess Federation’s Committee on Chess in Education from 1990 to 2000, and produced Chess in Education workshops across the country. These events featured such distinguished speakers as Dr. Robert Ferguson and Dr. Laszlo Polgar. In 1998 he coordinated a Symposium on Chess in Education in the United States Senate with Senator Carl Levin as the keynote speaker.

    An appointed member of the USCF Scholastic Committee from 1986 to the present, Sunil was elected co-chair of the Scholastic Council from 2012 to 2014 and again in 2017. For his work in scholastic chess, Sunil earned the 1998 USCF Scholastic Service Award and the Meritorious Service Award in 1986 and 2004. In 2005 he was named “Chess Educator of the Year,” a prestigious national recognition by the University of Texas at Dallas. In 2007 he earned the FIDE Trainer certification(1).

    A two-time New York State chess champion, Sunil is also one of the most successful chess coaches in the nation. He has coached over 200 individual and team champions in national and international youth competitions. These include the Hunter Junior High team that won the 2000 World Schools Chess Championship, Hunter’s high school students who won three consecutive National High School team titles from 2010 to 2012 while the 7th grade team won the 2017 Grade Nationals; his Speyer Legacy are the 2015 National K-1 and National K-5 and 2018 National K-6 team champions.

    Sunil has coached US teams at the World Youth Chess Championships on several occasions. Many of his students have medaled at this event, among them John Viloria, who won two consecutive gold medals (1987 and 1988) and Sunil's stepson Hikaru Nakamura, who won a silver medal in 2001. A three-time national scholastic champion, Hikaru has gone on to become the youngest American Grandmaster, a four-time U.S. Chess Champion and one of the top 5 chess players in the world. 

    Sunil is the author, with Ed Eusebi, of the best-selling chess book, Best Lessons of a Chess Coach published by David McKay Company/Random House. He is also co-author of Great Moves: Learning Chess Through History, a new blended learning textbook targeted to middle and high school students that helps the student improve at chess while being exposed to the game's cultural development. The book was released in November 2017 by Mongoose Press. 


    (1) FIDE, Fédération Internationale des Échecs or World Chess Federation, is the international governing body for chess.


  • Hunter Tournaments

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



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

    Events for the 2018-2019 School Year are now open for registration.You can register for one event by selecting the date below, or multiple events once you are in the event registration system.

    Our tournaments will be held on:

    Sunday, September 23, 2018

    Sunday, October 21, 2018

    Sunday, December 2, 2018

    Sunday, January 13, 2019

    Sunday, February 10, 2019

    Sunday, April 7, 2019

    Sunday, May 5, 2019



    Summer Chess 2019

    Once again, Hunter College Campus Schools will present a Summer Chess series with focused chess instruction from our championship coaching team. Three sessions: July 8, 15, and 22. Click here for registration details.