About Us

Celebrating over 30 years of developing after school chess programs in the greater NY area.

About Mark Kurtzman

About Mark Kurtzman


1983 - Team member NY City, State, US and North American High School Chess Championship Team

1984 - NY State High School Chess Champion

1984 - 1988 Captain, US Top College Team 5 years in a row.

1988 - U.S. Master Title, Highest Rating achieved 2270

1991 - Life Master Title

1997 - Captain, US Amateur Team East Champions

2000 - Captain, US Amateur Team East Champions

2000 - Captain, US Amateur Team World Champions


1995 - 2005 Coaching numerous Team and Individual Championships for Hunter Elementary School on the City, State and National level. 1997 - Ramaz wins City Championship

2004 - Privately Coached US Kindergarten Champion

2008 - Coached Grade School National 5th Grade Championship Team for Ramaz

2010 - Coached Co-Champion Grade School National 7th Grade Team for Ramaz

2016 - 25th Year Coaching at Ramaz


1991 - Started Ramaz Chess Program 1995 - Started Tri-State Chess developing scholastic chess programs in the Greater NY area

1996 - Chess In The Yeshiva (CITY) program developed in cooperation with BJE

1997 - Running Monthly Scholastic Tournaments

1998 - Started Majestic Trophies supplying chess medals and awards to NYC chess organizations

2000 - Chess programs running in 10 schools

2004 - Started The Chess Exchange, sale of Chess books and equipment

2005 - Opened Tri-State Chess Store 3rd Ave Brooklyn, NY

2006 - Yeshiva Only Championship draws 162 Players

2010 - Opened The Chess Exchange Store East 88th Street, NYC

2011 - Chess Programs running in 20 schools

2012 - Started outdoor Bryant Park Scholastic Summer Tournaments 2013 - Garry Kasparov Book Signing at New Yorker Hotel - New York, NY

2016 - Garry Kasparov Book Signing at Marriott Hotel - Brooklyn, NY

Advanced Chess Tournament Entries

Register Online and your entry will appear automatically on our Advanced entries page! Players will see in advance which players are competing in a specific tournament & the schools they are from.  

Chess Programs

Monthly Chess Tournaments

Tournaments at Bryant Park are divided into 7 sections based upon age and strength.  Players can play "up" into any section.  The top section includes Adults and offers Cash prizes.  Trophies, plaques and medals to all others.

Summer Chess Camps

Providing students chess activities throughout the summer months in the NY area. Contact Us for more details and schedule for next Summer.

Private Chess Lessons

One of the best ways to improve your game is to bring the score of your tournament games to your chess coach & have them analyze the game with you.