NYC Chess Tournaments

Celebrating over 25 years of developing after school chess programs in the greater NY area.

Upcoming NYC Chess Tournaments

Championship @ Bryant Park XVlll

Sunday Sept. 26, 2021

BEGINNER - Pre K-1st Grade - Not Rated – No Clocks

ELEMENTARY - Grades K-6 Under 500 G/25; d/5

NOVICE - Grades K-2 Under 600 G/25; d/5

RESERVE - Grades K-9 Under 800 G/35; d/5

ADVANCED - Grades K-12 Under 1000 G/40; d/5

CHAMPIONSHIP- K-12 Under 1400 G/40; d/5

Under 1800 SECTION-$$$ CASH Prizes G/55; d/5
*3 rounds only for this section. Adults Included!

Entrants can ‘play up’ into any section.
All Sections Rated By The United States Chess Federation (USCF) Except Beginner.
There is no elimination! All players play all rounds.

Tournament Details

Time & Location:

  • Sunday Sept. 26th 2021 at Bryant Park
  • Round one begins at 10:00AM. Rounds 2-4 will begin as soon as the previous round has finished.
  • On site registration: 9:00 - 9:30 AM. Late entrants may not be paired for the first round.
  • TOURNAMENT SITE: Bryant Park Fountain Plaza. Enter at 6th & W. 41St. Street

All CDC and government related restrictions will be strictly adhered to. Check our website for Coronavirus restriction updates, as we get closer to the event, as restrictions will most likely change as we move forward.


  • Entry Fees:
    $45.00 if received online by Sept. 20, 2021
    $55 thereafter,
    $65 Saturday Sept. 25 @9:00am and at site.
    Please register in advance if possible, to avoid the additional $20 late fee.
  • Membership Required: $17.00/yr for the U.S. CHESS FEDERATION (USCF), $25 w/magazine
  • Send entry and make checks payable to Tri-State Chess: 
    The Chess Exchange, 325 E. 88 St. New York, NY 10128 … Fax (917) 477-2110 Info (212) 289-5997
  • Credit card entries accepted by phone, fax, mail & Online:

Please Bring Chess Clock if you have one. Boards & Pieces supplied.

Individual Prizes:

  • Trophies to top 15 Beginner, Novice & Elementary. Top 10 in all other sections.
  • ENGRAVED CHESS MEDAL TO ALL OTHERS featuring the name and date of the tournament on the back
  • Cash Prizes:
    U 1800 Section - 80% of entry fees returned as prize
    1st - $35% entry fees returned as prize
    2nd - 25% entry fees returned as prize
    Top U 1600 - 20% entry fees returned as prize

Team Prizes:

  • Trophies to top 4 Teams in Beginner, Novice & Elementary.
  • Trophies to Top 2 in Reserve, Advanced and Championship sections.
  • The top 4 scorers from the same school in the same section make up the team score. Minimum 2 players.

Chess Programs

After School Programs

Tri-State Chess will provide all of the chess equipment; this includes chess boards, sets & the demonstration boards the instructors use.

Monthly Chess Tournaments

Tournaments 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.