Hikaru Breaks One Million!

Only a few months ago it seemed unimaginable that someone would be rocking the streaming world with chess. But that’s what’s happened over the past year for Grandmaster Hikaru Nakamura. Online gaming ratings had just started to surpass many cable television networks in 2018 when Hikaru first began streaming chess on Twitch. With viewers interested…

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Quads at the Hudson Returns

Our next “Quads at the Hudson” is Sunday, May 2, 2021. Registration is open now. On Sunday, November 15, the NSCF presented its first over-the-board tournament since the springtime and what a great event it turned out to be. Thanks to our friends restaurateur Jimmy Goldman and his son Dylan who hosted the event at…

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Chess in the Family

“When I was first introduced to the game of chess, I was five years old, and I remember thinking to myself that the pawns should have their own names too,” recalls Thomas Schiwek. “Just because they were small, they were far from insignificant. I came to learn, quickly enough, that they had a unique power…

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Rebuilding a Chess Dynasty at Ridgeway

Ridgeway Elementary School was a chess powerhouse for two decades, so when a former student enrolled his own son in the school, it came as a surprise that there was no longer a strong chess culture. Changes in administration and other program offerings saw chess become one of many programs for students, instead of the…

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Post Road Chess Spans Generations

When Bryan Nella’s wife returned from a Post Road Elementary School PTA meeting to report there was no parent coordinator for the chess program last year, she was effectively conscripting her husband into service. He had his own school chess experience while growing up and here was the opportunity to help another generation. The NSCF…

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National Master William Graif

Teaching has become as important as playing for National Master William Graif, one of the NSCF’s star alumni. The 18-year-old senior at Edgemont High School is both player and coach for his school’s chess team, which just won the New York State Scholastic Chess Championship for the second year in a row. William began playing…

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Advancing Chess in Society

Sunil and the NSCF are involved in a lot of different chess initiatives. In this interview with GM Cristian Chirila asks FM Sunil Weeramantry, our Founder and Exec Director, about many of these interests. He of course speaks about his relationship with GM Hikaru Nakamura but also about chess in the curriculum, our book Great…

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Our Grand Prix Champs

The winners of our 2017-18 NSCF Grand Prix competition were presented their awards after the November 18, 2019 tournament held at Greenwich Country Day School. It was exciting to have so many of these aspiring chess players on hand to pick up their plaques in person and to play in the tournament. For the complete…

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