Little House of Chess is all about:

Having great fun while training your brain

2023-2024 CGPS Friday Tournaments

October 13th, 2023 at 4pm

CGPS Friday Chess Tournament

Open to Students in Grades K-12 in 5 sections. US Chess Federation rated for all sections.
Online registration will close 11 pm the day before the tournament. No entries on site!

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9th Annual New York State Magnus League Tournaments

Registration opens soon!
Out of State Players Welcome!
Oct. 15, Nov. 5, Dec. 3, 2023;
Jan. 28, Mar. 3, Apr. 21, 2024

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7th Annual New York State Girls’ Championship

Registration opens soon!
Saturday, November 11th, 2023 and/or Sunday, November 12th, 2023

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CGPS All-Girls Tournaments Registration is open!

For the first time, Columbia Grammar will host two girls-only chess tournaments!
Saturday, October 21, 2023
Saturday, February 3, 2024

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Do you regularly check the Little House of Chess Calendar? It is the most comprehensive source for information on scholastic chess events in New York City and beyond.

Our philosophy

Chess has the unique ability to promote thinking about thinking! We aim for the students to gain confidence in their abilities by focusing on developing deep chess knowledge while not forgetting the secret power of chess: Having great fun while training your brain.

LittleHouse of Chess -- programs for children of all ages

Parents Feedback

My eight year-old daughter started playing chess last year. The progress she's made so far is truly amazing. She has evolved from a beginner learning the basic chess moves to a thoughtful, emotionally and mentally resilient thinker. As a parent, I can't be more proud of Anna! I strongly believe that she owes her success in large part to the wonderful trainers at LHoC.

Yelena Lowenfeld

Instructional Staff


FIDE International Arbiter & Organizer. Elementary EU Chess/Math teacher in Curriculum & After-School.

National Master. Chess teacher and Head Coach at CGPS. Trained dozens of National Chess Champions.

Jonathan Tisdall, Grandmaster

GM since 1993. Norwegian Champion, Olympic Team player and coach. Chess Author and Editor. FIDE Senior Trainer.

GM since 1986. U.S. Open, National Open, New York Open, and World Open Champion. Author and coach. World Chess Hall of Fame.

After-School instructor and team coach at CGPS. Member of the USCF Scholastic Council. NYSCA Scholastic Coordinator.

FIDE International Arbiter and National Instructor. USCF Candidate Master. 20+ years coaching chess in New York City.

Matteo Singer, Early Childhood Specialist

Level-A US Chess player.

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