Tournament Policy and Tournaments
The Marshall Chess Club is the most competitive chess club in the United States and features the most tournaments. We organize tournaments nightly with the aim of building an active community of chess enthusiasts at all levels.

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Frank Marshall playing a simultaneous at the Marshall Chess Club in 1943

Main Hall today

Tournament Policy

Tournament players are expected to attach the greatest importance to fair play and good sportsmanship. In the event of any concerns, do not hesitate to contact the Tournament Director. Please remember to turn off your clock and reset your board after play.

Rules and Regulations
All tournaments, unless otherwise advertised, follow standard rules per the U.S. Chess Federation's Official Rules of Chess. (Tournaments that involve being FIDE rated operate under the FIDE Laws of Chess.)

Our Tournament Directors are all certified by the US Chess Federation. Some are additionally certified to run FIDE events. We aim to run our tournaments with the highest level of ethics and integrity. In matters not explicitly covered by the applicable rules, Directors will use their best discretion and judgment, in consultation with MCC leadership where appropriate.

Cell Phones
Use of cell phones in the tournament hall is prohibited. Cell phones should be turned off or silenced.

For FIDE events: The penalty for a phone ringing or otherwise disturbing play is the immediate loss of the game.

For USCF events (that are not FIDE rated): A warning and a time penalty will be issued for a first offense. A second offense will result in the immediate loss of the game.

Byes and Withdrawals
Please request byes or withdrawals well in advance - at least one hour before the start of the round.

Advance requests will be confirmed by email to Your request is not complete until you receive a receipt.

Same-day withdrawals and byes must be confirmed directly with the Tournament Director in the office.

Punishment for forfeit of games is $25, payable before registration to another event. Repeat offenders will lose tournament privileges! If we are unable to rate an event due to an expired USCF membership, a $25 penalty will also apply.

If you win a prize you may pick your check up in the club office. Checks are held for 6 months, after which they can no longer be claimed.

Checks are mailed to prize winners by request only. If you would like your check mailed, please email

Reissuing a lost check is subject to a $30 processing fee.


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Weekly Tournaments
FIDE Monday/U1800
A six week event that meets each Monday night. Two sections: Open and U1800. The Open section is FIDE rated! G/90 +30.
Weekly Wednesdays
A six week event that meets each Wednesday night. Two sections: U2000 and U1400. G/90 +30.
Thursday Open
A six week event that meets each Thursday night. Open to all players! G/90 +30.
Single-Day Tournaments
Thursday Action
A staple of our schedule! Held each week on Thursday night! 4 rounds, G/25 d5.
Friday Night Blitz
Held twice a month on Friday night. The second occurance is FIDE Blitz rated and guarantees $500 in prizes! 9 rounds, G/3 +2.
Friday U2200 Action
Held each month on the 1st Friday. Open to all players U2200. 4 rounds, G/25 d5.
Quick Chess
Held each month on the 3rd Friday. 6 rounds, G/10 +3.
Weekend Tournaments
Marshall Premier (FIDE/U2000)
NEW! Held regularly on the 1st weekend of each month. Two sections: FIDE (only open to players rated 2000+) & U2000. The FIDE section is limited to 30 players and guarantees $1,750 in prizes! 5 rounds, G/90 +30.
Monthly U2400
Occurs regularly on the 3rd weekend of each month. Open to all players below 2300. $1,000 in prizes guaranteed! 5 rounds, G/90 +30.
Weekend G/50
A one day event held regularly on Saturdays and Sundays. Two sections: Open & a class section (U1800, U1500, etc) that varies. Rounds are at 12-2-4-6pm. G/45 d5.
Morning U1900
Get your chess in early on a Saturday morning. 4 rounds, G/25 d5!
Rated Beginner Open
Just starting out? Join us on select Sunday mornings for this event geared toward novices! 3 rounds, G/25 d5.
Special Tournaments
Marshall Masters
A NYC tradition! Held each month on the 3rd Tuesday. Open only to players rated above 2000. FIDE rapid rated. $750.00 in guaranteed prizes! 4 rounds, G/25 d5.
New York International
Our annual 9 round International tournament is held each Summer. Two sections: Open (FIDE norms possible) & U2200. The Open section guarantees $9,000 in prizes + special brilliancy awards!
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Marshall Chess Club Championship
Our 101st Championship was held in December 2017 and won by IM Nicolas Checa!
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