National Scholastic Chess Foundation

The National Scholastic Chess Foundation - inspiring academic excellence through chess.

The National Scholastic Chess Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to improving education and inspiring excellence through chess. The NSCF promotes the study of chess as an educational tool in curricular classes and enrichment programs for elementary, middle and high schools. In New York and Connecticut we operate programs in over 70 schools in 30 different communities. The NSCF aspires to

Operating as usual

Photos from NSCF Florida Chess Programs's post 02/15/2024

From NY to FLORIDA, we love bringing chess to kids and communities!

01/31/2024

Long before there was a NSCF organization, Sunil was teaching chess in New Rochelle schools. Throughout the 1990s and 2000s, the NSCF was offering chess in the curriculum and in enrichment in every elementary and middle school in the City. The majority of these classes were funded by grants from the New Rochelle Education Fund which shared our vision of making sure chess was available to all students who wanted to participate, regardless of their families ability to pay. After a long hiatus due to COVID, the Fund is back and wants to again make chess it's flagship program. On February 1st, the fund will be hosting its first gala in several years, and the honoree is Washington Nationals and 2023 All-Star pitcher, Josiah Gray. In lending his support to this event, Josiah says two Fund programs were of particular importance when he was going through school. One was the SAT Prep program in high school. The other was learning to play chess while he was a student at William B. Ward!

Funds from this year's gala are going to help relaunch chess in every elementary school in New Rochelle. The NSCF has made a commitment to help raise a portion of the funds required for the balance of this school year, plus ensure we continue next year as well. If you can help, please make a donation and write NEW ROCHELLE into the notes line. http://nscfchess.org/support-us/

01/12/2024

International Scholastic Chess Foundation? Our Exec Director, FM Sunil Weeramantry is in his home country of Sri Lanka and presented a lecture for around 100 inspiring chess players at the inaugural meeting of the National Chess Academy. He also presented cash awards to two of the top young players in the country. IM Susal de Silva won the gold medal at the recent Asian Youth Chess Championships in Dubai, while Oshina Gunawardhane took home a silver medal.

Photos from Sunrise Center for Excellence in Chess's post 12/17/2023

In addition to our many programs in NY, the NSCF also has community-focused chess programs in South Florida…

Photos from National Scholastic Chess Foundation's post 12/17/2023

Men at Work... 🎶Who can it be now? No it's not the 80s rock band. It's the Hunter Coaching Team at 2023 US Chess K-12 Nationals in Orlando. National Masters Ben Gershenov and Nicky Rosenthal, GM-Elect Farai Mandizha, and our illustrious leader, FM Sunil Weeramantry. The team is doing great plus we've had some special guests from other programs, including one of Farai's New Jersey students who stopped by to say hi.

10/24/2023

Spots are now very limited for our next Hunter Chess Tournament. The event is this Sunday, October 29. If you are the parent of a school-aged chess player and would like to know more about this and our November 19 event, click to read our newsletter.
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Photos from Boca Raton Public Library's post 10/20/2023

This program has been happening each week for the Fall thanks to a matching grant from U.S. Chess Trust. Our instructor McKhaila McKenzie has been doing an awesome job! Thanks to the Trust and to the team Boca Raton Public Library!

09/28/2023

Have a new chess player who is not yet rated but you think might like to try competitive chess? We have slots open in the first tournament for the year at Hunter College Elementary School on Sunday, October 1. No USCF Registration is required for unrated sections which are open to grades K, 1 and 2. Get more details in tonight's email update: https://sh1.sendinblue.com/3i1ze8li939pfe.html?t=1695939411

09/18/2023

On Friday the NSCF received an anonymous donation in memory of our friend Sondra Lieber. Sondra was a chess coach and reading specialist at Glades Middle School in Miramar until leaving us way too early due to cancer. Sondra was a bright light, and a champion of our work in Broward County from the very first Broward Education Foundation-sponsored workshop right through February 3, 2018 when the tournament she had the National Scholastic Chess Foundation producing at her school was renamed and held in her honor. Her colleagues, whoever they are, wanted to remember her good work and support of chess and gave a $1000 donation. I was just talking to Mourice Hylton who continued Sondra's chess program for another year after her passing and he agrees. We are going to name the Spring tournament in Sunrise in Sondra's honor. It will be appropriate as it will be very close to 7 years after the first tournament we produced in Sunrise when her student, Carter Doyle, took home first place! If you want to help continue her legacy, make a donation and write Sondra Lieber in the notes line. Gone but never forgotten, Sondra we will no doubt encounter your cheerful and caring spirit on March 16. https://nscfchess.org/support-us/

Photos from National Scholastic Chess Foundation's post 08/02/2023

Thanks to Officer Ken Manning and the Port Chester Police Department for inviting us to participate in their National Night Out celebration. This is an annual event held across America to promote safe communities and let folks know what resources the police provide. We were happy to have a chess table where Officer Manning and our NSCF Coaches, Joe Maher (a retired police officer himself) and Jack Kochansky took on all challengers plus taught some new kids how to play. It was a great event!

Photos from National Scholastic Chess Foundation's post 07/27/2023

Our NSCF Summer Program at Leffell's Upper Campus in Hartsdale kicked off this week. Here are two views of Coach IM-elect Joshua Colas's class. Dylan and Coach Joe Maher are leading the new players in a second classroom. Don't think the beautiful view out the window is distracting. We do get the kids outside for sports as well but you know they are focused on chess! ♟️We have spots open in Week 2 (July 31 - Aug 4). If you are still looking for a great chess camp for your kids, visit NSCFchess.org and click the link at the top of the page. For Full-Day registrations for next week, Save $50 by entering the code SPECIAL50 at check-out.

07/10/2023

📚 Research shows that structured summer activities combat learning loss. Our NSCF chess camps make a difference! Join us for one or more of our five week-long sessions at The Leffell School. Campers receive group and individual chess instruction, enjoy outdoor sports ⚽, and full-day participants receive daily hot lunch! Our passionate NSCF staff comprises chess professionals who build life skills like problem-solving and confidence. Chess is more than a game!♟️ Our camp admin is traveling so, until he gets back, Early-Bird discount has been extended through midnight on July 13. Don't miss out! https://www.events4chess.com/events/?event_ID=1766

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07/06/2023

NSCF Summer Camp at The Leffell School - Registration is Open Now. Get the details by clicking the link on our home page: https://nscfchess.org Save $100 on full-day fee by registering before July 10th!

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Chess Across Generations, Summer Camp Reminder, 07/05/2023

Interested in scholastic chess in NY? Click to read this evening's newsletter with Chess Across Generations, Summer Camp Reminder, & Event Photos!

Chess Across Generations, Summer Camp Reminder, Interested in scholastic chess in NY? Click to read this evening's newsletter with Chess Across Generations, Summer Camp Reminder, & Event Photos!

06/29/2023

Master minds: NM Ben Gershenov, FM Sunil Weeramantry and NM Lior Lapid after lunch at Old Oaks Country Club in Westchester last week. While he has coached for Sunil many times over the years, Ben starts as a regular teacher for NSCF today!!! As a 12th grader from Solomon Schechter Westchester (now The Leffell School), Ben won the 2012 USCF High School nationals. Ben was the clear champion with 6.5 points, winning his first six rounds and drawing the final round. At SuperNationals in 2009, Ben tied for first in the K-9 Championship and led his school to the team championship! He is an awesome addition to our team and will also be working alongside Sunil in our summer camps in Hartsdale. Find out more about the benefits of summer chess here: https://nscfchess.org/summer-chess-programs/

Photos from National Scholastic Chess Foundation's post 06/21/2023

Official photos soon but here are just a couple I took of some of our coaches on the rooftop patio at last night's NSCF Fundraiser. 1) The inimitable NM James Black, 2) Gregory Cesar and NM Ben Gershenov, 3) our co-founder and teacher extraordinaire Jim Santorelli. We had so many folks with us last night. Sunil, Rick Trepp and Will Trepp throw a very nice party!

06/15/2023

Looking for a once-a-week chess class for kids this summer? The Town of New Castle, NY Recreation & Parks Dept is offering K-8 students classes every Thursday afternoon (4 to 5:15 pm) from 06/29/23 - 08/03/23. Registration details are here: https://tinyurl.com/yeya947d

Hikaru's Win in Norway, New Assoc Director and more 06/14/2023

Interested in scholastic chess in greater NYC area and not on our mailing list? Click here to read this evening's NSCF News.

Hikaru's Win in Norway, New Assoc Director and more Interested in scholastic chess in greater NYC area and not on our mailing list? Click here to read this evening's NSCF News.

05/31/2023

New on the home page - Summer Camp Button so all you have to do is click to get the info. The facilities and the program are both exceptional. If you know anyone in greater White Plains-Scarsdale area with a child who loves chess, please share this. FM Sunil Weeramantry and IM-elect Joshua Colas lead the program. https://nscfchess.org

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05/22/2023

After many, many months of fits and starts and delays for work travels, two personal illnesses, and two deaths in the family, WOW, I finally got the new https://nscfchess.org website to go live today. Who knew when I set out I would have to learn how to do so much of this myself? There are still many tweaks which I won't have time for until middle of June, but the main functionality is all there with better security, and better mobile responsiveness. Comments are welcome. 😀

05/19/2023

Planning your child's summer? The NSCF Summer Chess Program is back at Leffell School in Hartsdale, NY. Full and half-day options. Join for a week or come for all 5! FM Sunil Weeramantry and IM-elect Joshua Colas lead the camp.
https://www.events4chess.com/events/?event_ID=176

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Since 1990, the National Scholastic Chess Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, has been teaching chess and providing tournaments to help our students become critical thinkers ready for success in school, and in life! Find out more at https://nscfchess.org/about-us/about-nscf/

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