More children are lost to cancer in the U.S. than any other disease—in fact, more than many other childhood diseases combined. 
NECA CHESS is committed to provide support and donation to the St. Baldricks Foundation, which make a huge impact on research for childhood cancer. Please join us in our efforts to make a difference and save children life's.

Breaking news!

Leo Koganov                           Mateusz Zalewsky with his coach NM
                                                Michael Koganov
NECA students shine at Connecticut State Chess Championship, which was held on April 26, 2015 at St. Thomas Aquinas in Fairfield, CT.
Leo Koganov won first place in the K-6 Open Section with an astounding 4.5 out of 5 points! Leo attends Dolan Middle School in Stamford, CT. Great work!
 Mateusz Zalewski had an outstanding outcome in the K-5 U700 Section and scored 4 out of 5 points. Mateusz attends Hindley Elementary School in Darien, CT and had a great turn out as he became Connecticut State Champion! Way to go, Mateusz! 
Lia Lavin is a winner in the Kindergarten Section from The Children’s School in Stamford, CT. Lia will also be traveling to Nationals in Nashville, TN in a few weeks. Keep up the good work, Lia!
Meher Jain participated in a chess tournament at Carmel Academy on April 26, 2015 where she ended the tournament with a perfect score of 4 out of 4 points in the Primary Novice Section! Meher attends Westover Magnet Elementary School in Stamford, CT and has gained 200 rating points due to her fantastic win!
We would also like to congratulate our NECA Development Director, GM Sergey Kudrin, for his spectacular win at the Eastern Class Championships in Sturbridge, MA on April 24- 26, 2015. GM Sergey Kudrin won first place with a total of 4.5 out of 5 points in the Open Section.
Congratulations to all of our exceptional NECA chess players. You have all done an incredible job- keep it up!

Tournaments :NECA 24, SUNDAY, MAY 3, 2015


The 24st National Educational Chess Association tournament is coming and is an opportunity for your child to put their training to the test. Beginning players will be able to take part in an established and respected tournament. Experienced ones will have the opportunity to mark their progress against other sophisticated players.
The tournament traditionally draws tournament-ready and experienced players from across Fairfield County, Westchester County and Connecticut.Round times are currently set for: 9:30 AM; 10:45 AM; 12:00 PM; 1:15 PM. However, apart from the start of the tournament, organizers may start individual rounds sooner or later depending on the flow of play. It’s best to be on site. of these players!

The divisions are as follows:
  • MIDDLE SCHOOL: Open to grades 6-8
  • ELEMENTARY OPEN: Open to all players up to grades 4-5
  • ELEMENTARY NOVICE: Open to all players up to grades 4-5 who are playing their 1st or 2nd tournament, or players with a U.S. Chess Federation rating under 500, or who are unrated
  • PRIMARY OPEN: Open to all players up to grades 2-3
  • PRIMARY NOVICE: Open to grades 2-3 who are playing their 1st or 2nd tournament, or players with a U.S. Chess Federation rating under 400, or who are unrated.
  • FIRST GRADE: Open to 1st graders.
  • KINDERGARTEN: Open to kindergartners.

  (All students) Darien summer chess camps are open to players of all levels: beginners, intermediate players and tournament players. (1) Beginners will play a full game all the way to checkmate by the end of the week; (2) Intermediate players will learn new strategies and openings; and (3) Tournament-tested players will study famous games and learn how the best players in the world win...and how to play like them! Players will be grouped according to their level of play and age.

Your child will participate in many competitive activities, such as ladders, team tournaments and matches. Each day’s class will be divided into playing time (fun and serious games) as well as lecture and study time. Your child will have fun and improve at the same time, while making new friends. All participants will receive an award at the end of the week!

Enrollment will be limited to 16 students per instructor, with some classes smaller, based on the ages of the children who enroll. Parents, you are invited to join the class—at no cost— the second day of class. This will give you an opportunity to learn or improve your game, so you may better your chances of beating your child when you play chess at home!

Darien Summer Chess School


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