City Championships

Date: Saturday and Sunday February 1st and 2nd, 2020.
Time: 9:00 am to 6:15 pm.

Location Information:
The Brooklyn Marriott
333 Adams Street, Brooklyn, NY
Top Level Chess Team Room: Golden Boardroom

There are no less than 8 subway lines at a walking distance from the hotel.
• At Borough Hall [2, 3, 4, 5]
• At Jay Street – MetroTech [A, C, F]
• At Court Street [R]

National Tournament Director, Harold Stenzel, will be sending in the entries for Top Level Chess.

Our experienced Grandmaster and Master coaches will prepare students for each round, analyze their games, and help each one cope with the rigors of championship chess competition.

This tournament is a one or two day tournament with different sections. Top Level Chess Coaches will advise you in which section to place your child.

There are sections appropriate for players at any level of experience although it is important to have played at a local tournament (i.e. All Souls Saturday Tournament or another school tournament) before you try a City Tournament.

Any number of players from a school in one section form a team, but the top 4 scoring players produce the team score.

Each one day tournament is a 5-round Swiss. Everyone plays all 5 games. Each game is 30 minutes (+ 10 seconds delay) per player.

The two day tournaments will be 6 rounds with 3 each day at game in 60 minutes (+ 10 seconds delay) per person. You should plan to arrive by 9 am at the team room in order for your child to warm up and get oriented. If you stay for the trophy ceremony, the day should end between 7 and 8 pm.

If you must miss one or more rounds of play, half point byes are allowed, with a limit of 2 byes.

Saturday Sections
K/6 Under 700, K/6 Under 1100, K/6 Under 1500, K/12 Under 1200, K/12 Under 1900.

Sunday Sections
K/1 Under 400, K/3 Under 600, K/3 Under 1000, K/9 Under 1300.

Two days Sections
K/1 Championships, K/3 Championships, K/6 Championships, K/9 Championships, K/12 Championships.

The tournament will use the February 2020 Official USCF Rating List.

The Tournament Director reserves the right to assign estimated ratings for players with non-USCF-ratings.

Coaches                                                                                                                            The coaches on staff will be GM Georgi Kachaishvelli (# 1 Opening analyst); IM Sherif El Assoutti (Egyptian Olympiad team, powerhouse, gentle coach); World Champion GM Maxim Dlugy – Second to World Champion Anatoly Karpov and World Champion Garry Kasparov; World Champion GM Alex Lenderman,  NM Bruce Pandolfini (Top US Chess Coach, heading up the coaching staff) and the staff led by IWM Shernaz Kennedy (US Olympiad team). Plus several Counselors who make it fun for the children and assist parents with a smooth transition. Well loved by the kids, Stephan Kotsopolous, Leander Kotsopolous, Kaelyn Ha, Ben Altman, Tak Ishikawa.

Single day entry fee $72 + $250, total $322 per day. Two-day sections, entry fee $85 + $250/day coaching fee, total $585 for the two days. This includes coaching, the cost of the team room (Golden Boardroom), and registration. Please note, NO FOOD ALLOWED IN THE TOURNAMENT TEAM ROOM.

$15 for a Top Level Chess t-shirt in sizes: Small, Medium, Large, and ExLarge.

Check made out to: Shernaz Kennedy, 15 Circle Drive, East Northport, NY 11731 mailed by December 1, 2018.

Registration form can be found here.

On Time Registration by 12/1/19. After 12/1/19, you will have to register in person the day of the event by 9:15 am. Cost is $75.00 plus $250 coaching fee.

Please email or call to confirm your child’s participation:, 516-991-7509 and MAIL check to Shernaz Kennedy, 15 Circle Drive, East Northport, NY 11731.