NYC Chess Tournaments

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

All Upcoming New Tri-State Chess Learning Center Tournaments

See full Tournament info below schedule

Tri-State Chess Championship

@The New Tri-State Learning Center



The center will offer monthly chess tournaments, after school programs Monday through Thursday, as well as 11 weeks of summer chess camp in addition to 2 weeks of holiday camps.

Our first Championship chess tournament at our new location will be played in less than 4 weeks at our new location at 351 E. 74th Street, between 1st and 2nd Ave at the Church of the Epiphany.

The tournaments at the Learning Center will be modeled after our very popular outdoor tournaments at Bryant Park which have typically been drawing an average of 250 players.

The Learning Center tournaments will be 4 rounds and offer hundereds of trophy prizes just like we do in Bryant Park. And the U1800 section which is open to adults will also have CASH prizes with 60% of the entry fees returned as prizes for that section!

In addition, while we have a huge playing hall to accommodate all of our players, there will also be games played outdoors (just like at Bryant Park) as we have use of a beautiful rooftop terrace where an additional 100 players can play during the months with better weather!

As always, over 200 trophies, medals and prizes will be awarded. And everybody goes home with at least a chess medal with the name and date of the tournament engraved on the back.

The higher sections will have longer time controls. And the U1800 section will be only 3 rounds due to the lengthy time control of G/55; d/5

Tournament dates will typically be listed 3 months in advance:

The New Tri-State Chess Learning Center Tournament Schedule

Championship @ Learning Center

Sunday February 26th, 2023

Entry Fees:
Before February 21st: $49.00

After February 21st: $59.00

February 25th & At-Site: $69
Please register in advance if possible, to avoid the additional $20 late fee.

Championship @ Learning Center

Sunday March 19th, 2023

Entry Fees:
Before March 13th: $49.00

After March 13th: $59.00

March 18th & At-Site: $69
Please register in advance if possible, to avoid the additional $20 late fee.

Championship @ Learning Center

Sunday April 23rd, 2023

Entry Fees:
Before April 17th: $49.00

After April 17th: $59.00

April 22nd 12:00pm: $69.00

At Site: $75.00
Please register in advance if possible, to avoid the additional $20 late fee.

In addition to the large playing hall on the 1st floor of the building, we also have access to most of the building for parents to hang out and for coaches to analyze games with their students. We have dedicated the entire 5th and 6th floors for this, which will allow parents and coaches to relax comfortably while they wait for their kids to finish playing and to rest up in between rounds.

The outdoor rooftop terrace is also available for hanging out when tournament games are not being played there. This includes January, February, March, November and December.

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

60% 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:


  • The New Tri-State Learning Center NYC - Upper East Side.
  • Round one begins at 12:00PM. Rounds 2-4 will begin as soon as the previous round has finished.
  • On site registration: 11:00 - 11:30 AM. Late entrants may not be paired for the first round.
  • TOURNAMENT SITE: Learning Center. 351 E. 74 Street.
  • Church of the Epiphany 1st Floor

This is an indoor tournament.  Masks are optional.


  • Entry Fees:
    $49.00 if received online 6 days before tournament
    $59 thereafter,
    Please register in advance if possible, to avoid the additional $20 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 the 3 lower sections
  • Trophies to top 10 in the 3 upper sections
  • ENGRAVED CHESS MEDAL TO ALL OTHERS featuring the name and date of the tournament on the back

Team Prizes:

  • Trophies to top 4 Teams in each of the 3 lower sections.
  • Trophies to top 2 Teams in each of the 3 upper sections.
  • The top 2 scorers from the same school in the same section make up the team score.


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.

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.