NYC Chess Tournaments

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

All Upcoming Bryant Park Chess Tournaments

See full Tournament info below schedule

Bryant Park Tournament Schedule

Tournaments are held at

6th Ave & W 41 St
Fountain Plaza

Tournament Start: 10:00am

No Tournaments at this time


Entry Fees:
Before: $49.00
After: $59.00
: $69.00
Day of/On-Site: $75.00
Please register in advance if possible, to avoid the additional $10 late fee.

Tournament Details

BEGINNER - Pre K -1 Not Rated, No Clocks

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

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

RESERVE - Grades K-8 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

80% of Entry Fees returned as prizes

4-SS 4 Rounds Per Section, U 1800 3-SS 3 Rounds

Entrants can ‘play up’ into any section.
All Sections Rated By The United States Chess Federation (USCF).

There is no elimination! All players play all rounds.

Time & Location:

  • Bryant Park Fountain Plaza.
  • 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 W. 41st & 6th Ave.

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:
    $49.00 if received online 6 days before tournament
    $59 thereafter,
    Please register in advance if possible, to avoid the additional $10 late fee.
  • Membership Required: $20.00/yr for the U.S. CHESS FEDERATION (USCF),
  • 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.

Trophy Prizes:

  • Trophies to Top 15 in Beginner, Novice and Elementary
  • Trophies to top 10 in Reserve. Advanced and Championship
  • Anyone scoring 2 points and not getting a place prize wins a High Scorer trophy
  • All others win a chess medal with the name of the event engraved on the back

Team Prizes:

  • Trophies to top 4 Teams in Beginner, Novice & Elementary
  • Trophies to Top 2 Teams 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


Due to a large number of players withdrawing at the last moment, we are implementing the following policy. Once the late entry fee goes into effect at midnight, 72 hours before the tournament, no refunds will be provided for any reason to players who need to drop out of the tournament.


Otherwise, our standard refund policy remains the same: Players who drop out of the tournament before the late entry fee goes into effect can have a credit for the full amount of the registration fee to be used towards any future tournament. Players who want the refund to go to their credit card can have the refund minus a $10 registration fee.


In case of rain, every effort will be made to complete the tournament. No refunds will be provided if the tournament is cancelled because of rain.

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.