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Fall News from the Marshall Chess Club
Lectures, club champions, and one last BBQ!
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Bobby Fischer Re-visited.

Last week we had the privilege of being joined by Master Dr. Leroy Dubeck and Dr. Frank Brady for a special lecture as part of our centennial programming, made possible through the generosity of the US Chess Trust. These scholars captivated the club with stories surrounding the 1972 World Chess Championship match between Boris Spassky and Bobby Fischer. They also helped set the record straight with respect to the facts and inaccuracies in the new movie "Pawn Sacrifice."

Dr. Dubeck, who was serving as president of the USCF leading up to the 1972 match, surprised us by describing the political wrangling involved in determining playing locations, negotiating with the Soviets, and assuring that Fischer had a level playing field. He also had some surprising secrets about the personal life of Spassky! Dr. Brady, who is Fischer's biographer, picked up at the start of the match in Iceland. He contextualized the stakes of the event, the enormous odds against Fischer, and painted a vivid picture of what it was like to hide in an air vent as he spied on game 3!

This was just one in a string of events at the club in the past month. We want to thank all of our guests and supporters who have made our centennial truly special!


Club Championships!

The club is gearing up for our 99th annual Edward Lasker Memorial/ Marshall Chess Club Championship in December. This year we have added $3,000 to the prize fund and anticipate the event being a "Super Swiss" with GM and IM norms possible! Last year's Champions GM Gata Kamsky and GM Mark Paragua are slated to return and defend their titles.

Not a master but want to compete!? Join us the first weekend of December for the Jerry Simon Memorial/ Amateur Club Championship. Top finishers will be invited to the big event beginning the following week.

In November the club is bringing back the previously defunct Junior Championship. We are very excited for this event, which will feature trophies and awards for 7 age groups. You must be a Marshall Junior Member to play!

See our Calendar for details

Fall BBQ

Join us Tuesday, October 20th at 7pm for our final BBQ of the year. We will be saying goodbye to the warm weather but not without one last hurrah! There will be food, drinks, raffles, and chess! Youngsters and their parents are encouraged to attend!

This event is made possible through the generosity of club member, chess mom, and birthday woman Lisa Hershfield - Happy Birthday, Lisa!

Suggested donation: $10

See You Soon,

Your favorite Marshall Chess Club


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Centennial Events at the Marshall Chess Club!
Upcoming centennial events and more!
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100 Years Young!

This fall we are celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Marshall Chess Club, and we hope you will join us! 

A series of centennial events will take place over the next few months.  These will be kicked off with an article about the club in the September issue of Chess Life.  The article was written by Dr. Frank Brady, past President and President Emeritus, and details some of our rich history.

Events this fall will include:
  • September 8 a lecture by Roberto Mayor (President of the Capablanca Chess Club) and Miguel A. Sanchez (author of a book on Jose Raul Capablanca) will precede a match between players from London and Cuba against Marshall Members. 
  • September 22 is the Night of Champions, which will be a gala evening.  All former Marshall Chess Club champions have been invited.  Grandmaster (and former Champion!) Maurice Ashley will host the festivities!
  • September 25 the Marshall will hold the 2nd Robert Byrne Memorial Blitz Tournament.
  • Special guest lectures will be held on October 27th and December 1st.
  • In November we are reviving the Junior Club Championship. This will proceed our annual Club Championship, featuring an increased prize fund, in December.



Adult Chess Classes

We are excited to offer a new class for adult 'beginner' chess players. This class is perfect for unrated players who have a basic understanding of the game.

Class will be taught in 2 sessions: Tuesday nights from 6-7pm for 'less advanced' students, and Tuesday nights from 7-8pm for more advanced students. Players of every level are welcome to join either or both sections. Classes begin September 1st and run each Tuesday.

Registration is available online by following the link below. The fees for attending one or both sections are $30.00 and $40.00 respectively. Club members receive a $10.00 discount each session. 10 class packages are also available at a discount!

Register Online!


This year's 8th New York International was a great success.  The Championship section was won by GM Gata Kamsky.   The U2200 section ended in a tie for first between WFM Anna-Maja Kazarian and Dore Sheppard.   Three Brilliancy prizes were also awarded in the Championship section.  They were won by FM Leif Pressman, IM David Eggleston and Qibiao Wang for their draw, and GM Alder Escobar.  John Michael Burke was awarded an IM Norm for his outstanding performance in the Championship section. Congratulations to everyone!

Coming Up:
The club tournament schedule is getting more exciting by the month. Be on the look out for: "Wacky 3rd Friday," "Sunday morning action!" and special holiday events. The "Holloweekend" and "No-Draws Thanksgiving Weekend" are the first time the club will be experimenting with a new time control. We also will not be allowing draws at one of these events...

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Welcome to the New MCC
Introducing our new website.
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Welcome to the new!


We are thrilled to bring you our new website. In addition to providing an improved design, this site is interactive and easy to use. You can renew your membership or register for Chess Camp with the click of a button. If you are looking for a chess teacher, our Private Instruction page will give you details and contact information for the best instructors in New York City. Want to see who won last night's game? Visit our Live Standings page for daily results.

Take a look around and enjoy!


Marshall Chess Camp Returns Next Week!
June 29 - July 3
August 3 - August 7
August 24 - 28!

We are honored to have Grandmaster Amon Simutowe, the first Grandmaster from Sub-Saharan Africa, and Grandmaster Hedinn Steingrimsson, the recently crowned Icelandic Champion, teaching our advanced classes!

Other great instructors who will return include NM Juan Sena, NM Alex King, and Eric Balck.

Children are divided into groups based on rating. All children will receive rounded instruction covering Strategy, Tactics, Openings, Middlegames, and Endgames. They will solve puzzle worksheets, analyze famous games, play tournament games, compete in a Grandmaster simultaneous exhibition, and of course relax with some Bughouse after a hard study session!

Appropriate for ages 5 to 16.

Pizza Lunch, fruit and healthy snacks are included in the price.

Contact us to see if you qualify for any discounts!


  • 8:30- 9:30 - Drop-off/ casual play.
  • 9:30- 11:00 - First Lecture.
  • 11:00- 11:30 - Work sheets, wind-down time.
  • 11:30- 12:00 - Pizza!
  • 12:00 - 2:00 - Recess at the Washington Sq. Park Playground.
  • 2:15 - 3:30 - 2nd Lecture.
  • 3:30 - 4:30 - Tournament.
  • 4:30 - 5:30 - Pick-up /casual play.

$400/week for Club Members;
$450/week for Nonmembers
$100/Full Day, $60/Half Day.

Register Online!

Walk-ins welcome

New Tournaments!

Starting in July, the club will begin offering new tournaments in addition to our already great weekly line up. Check our Calender for the U2400 Action, Fischer Random, and the Marshall Mega Tournament. The tournament prize structure is changing too, so look for bigger top and classes prizes!

But first, don't forget to register for:

The 8th New York International


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BBQ/Book Sale, Camps, and the New York International!

Summer Camps, a BBQ/Book Sale, and the New York International!


Hello Chess Friends,

The Marshall Chess Club is pleased to announce several exciting events in the coming months.

We hope to see you there! 

Chess Camp!
The Marshall will continue its tradition of excellence in chess education with three camps this summer. The weeks are:
Camps run from 8:30am to 5pm. Lunch and snacks are provided. Children will enjoy Grandmaster lectures, play time at Washington Square Park, tournaments, puzzle worksheets, and of course, bughouse!

Register Online:


Spring Book Sale (and BBQ)!
Join us for a chess book sale Friday, May 29 to Sunday May 31. To kick it off, we are having a BBQ on our patio Friday, May 29th at 6:30pm. What better way to enjoy the warm weather than with a burger and a chess book! The BBQ and book sale are open to all. BBQ: $10 for members; $15 for guests; $5 for youth.

The 8th New York International 
This year's NYI will be held entirely on site at the club from July 15- 26. There will be 2 sections: Championship (2000+) and U2200. Sections are limited to 70 participants each, so please register early!
To register online, or for more information, please visit

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