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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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Summer news from the Marshall Chess Club!


Summer 2014 Greetings from the Marshall Chess Club!

Read below for a few highlights since our last newsletter.  We hope to see you at the Club in the near future!

The Marshall in China

In July 2013, the Chinese chess federation invited the United States to send a male and female team to participate in a friendly China vs. USA match held in Ningbo, China. Each member of the men's USA team played one slow game and two rapid games against each Chinese player for a total of 15 games. The women's match followed the same format. The match consisted of five classic time control games in Scheveningen style followed by ten rapid games in a double Scheveningen format. Despite great coaching from their captain, our President Chagrin, the US lost to the Chinese in both the classic and rapid sections of the match.

The members of the men's USA team were: Ray Robson (FIDE rating 2628), Sam Shankland (2599), Gregory Kaidanov (2577), Alex Lenderman (2548) and Yuri Shulman( 2542). The women's USA team is: Tatev Abrahamyan (2316), Sabina Foisor (2281), Iryna Zenyuk (2250), Alisa Melekhina (2216) and Victorija Ni (2173).  The top scoring players on the US team were Sam Shankland and Tatev Abrahamyan.
Stuart Chagrin and Marcus Fenner (head of delegation and executive director of the Marshall Chess Club) were in charge of making sure everything went smoothly for the players and they did an amazing job (pictured above).  The Marshall Chess Club will try to invite the Chinese to visit the USA for a rematch to be played in New York.  (If you would like to get involved in  supporting or organizing a potential 2015 rematch, please contact us at

7th Annual New York International
In mid-June 2014, 200 chess players from more than 21 countries traveled to New York City to compete in the Marshall’s 7th Annual New York International.  It was the strongest field in the tournament’s history, featuring 10 Grandmasters and 15 International Masters. First place in the Open Section was shared by GM Lazaro Bruzon & GM Yuniesky Quesada, both of Cuba. As a result of their strong performances, New York natives FM Alec Getz and FM Kassa Korley achieved International Master Norms. The tournament was a resounding success, and we look forward to its continued growth in coming years.

Awonder Liang

On July 8, the Marshall will be hosting FM Awonder Liang, who will hold a simultaneous exhibition. We will also be auctioning of blitz matches against Awonder. Only 11 years old, Awonder, who hails from Wisconsin, is already a World Under 8 and Under 10 Champion. He has broken a string of records as the “youngest ever” for his many chess achievements. Most recently, he participated in the New York International. (Photo by Jerry Luterman.)

FIDE Academy
The Marshall is proud to announce that we have become the 4th FIDE Academy in the United States and 17th in the world. Five of our instructors will soon be certified by FIDE (the world’s international chess authority) with official titles ranging from FIDE Trainer to National Instructor. Opportunities for chess students are rapidly expanding at the Marshall. This summer we will host six weeks of chess camp that will be led by GM Tamaz Gelashvili and GM Giorgi Kacheischvili – both renewed players and coaches. Our after-school “Grandmaster Academy” is held on Mondays and Wednesdays and is geared toward serious junior players who want to improve their game. Our “Saturday Junior Class” is held weekly and is led by Life Master Alex King. It focuses on equipping novice players with the analytical skills to become strong chess players. More programs are in the works, and our academy will soon be coordinating with and working in New York City schools.  See our website's page for more details.  (We are always looking for donors who are interested in making it possible for talented juniors to attend a summer camp.  Please be in touch at if this is something that might interest you.)

Members, send us a game that you played at the Marshall (of which you're proud or not!), along with your annotations (in PGN format).  If we select it for our Game of the Month feature, you'll win a free entry to a regular Marshall tournament!

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