Chess is an integral part of the Lower School curriculum, starting in Kindergarten and continuing through Grade Two. Professional chess masters teach the fundamentals of the game, including various defensive and offensive strategies. All students may continue chess at the extracurricular level through Middle School. Browning has an active Chess Club, and many students participate in the Nationals every year. The School has traditionally performed well at this event, often placing among the top five or 10 schools in the nation.

After school chess lessons are offered on Monday, Tuesday and Thursdays by registering through Veracross.

Please see below for chess tournaments and championship events for the 2017-2018 school year:


  • Thursday, Oct. 19, 5:00 pm to register click here (please note that space is limited)
  • Thursday, May 24 (Registration TBD)

Tournament Events:

LOCATION: PS 77-1700 Third Ave (95th St.) Click here to register.

  • Sunday, September 10

LOCATION: PS 6 (Upper East Side-81st and Lex)

  • Sunday, October 1
  • Sunday, November 19
  • Sunday, January 21
  • Sunday, March 4
  • Sunday, April 29

LOCATION: Hunter (94th at Park) Run by the National Scholastic Chess Association. For more information, click here.

  • Sunday, September 17
  • Sunday, October 15
  • Sunday, November 12
  • Sunday, December 3
  • Sunday, February 11
  • Sunday, April 15
  • Sunday, May 6

LOCATION: Avenues: The World School run by Growing Minds Chess Academy

  • Sunday, October 22 
  • Sunday, November 19
  • Sunday, November 26
  • Sunday, January 28
  • Sunday, March 4
  • Sunday, April 15
  • Sunday, June 3


  • NYC Scholastic Chess Championship, January 6-7 at the NY Marriott at Brooklyn Bridge. To register please click HERE. The deadline to register is Wednesday, December 20. After this date, please contact Mr. Kennedy for registration information.
  • NYS Scholastic Championship will be March 10-11 in Saratoga Springs, NY. We charter a bus which will depart from school on Friday March 9, and return to school the evening of the 11th. Rooms book up quickly so please plan accordingly!
  • The Elementary Nationals (K-6) will be May 11-13 in Nashville, Tn. Click here for more details. Rooms and flights should be booked as soon as possible. To book a room please do so here.
  • National High School Tournament will be April 27-29 in Columbus, Ohio.

Contact Us

For inquiries please contact:

Browning Chess Director, Mr. Kennedy: jkennedy@browning.edu516-808-7745
Browning Chess Coordinator, Julianne Rowland: