Join our Community!

Interested in learning more about chess or becoming a tutor? The sign-up process is easy! Just go to our pairing website at the button below, and sign up. You'll receive a follow-up email with more instructions.


As a student, you will get to improve your understanding of chess and meet a well-seasoned chess player. If you know what you want to learn in particular, your tutor can help you with that topic specifically, or they will plan out a lesson for you. Your tutoring schedule is flexible, so you may work out with your tutor how often to meet and for how long.

Requirements to be a student:

  • Have a rating below USCF 1000.

  • Be in elementary school or middle school.



As a tutor, you will be able to review your chess skills, improve your teaching skills, and have a greater connection with the chess community. Hours are flexible, so you could be tutoring anywhere between 30 minutes to four hours a week depending on how many students you want to tutor. At the same time, since we are a certified non-profit organization, you may earn community service hours and get the Presidential Volunteer Service Award as well.

Requirements to be a tutor:

  • Be a high school student.

  • Have a USCF rating of 1200 or above (exceptions can be made).

NYC Chess Connections, Inc. is a registered 501(c)(3) with the mission of providing free chess tutoring to disadvantaged students of all ages.

Our Educational Partners:

We are proud to partner with Youth4Better to help underserved children receive the education they need and deserve. If you're interested in receiving academic tutoring or learning more about Youth4Better, please click below.

We are proud to partner with NYC Mentors to connect middle school students with old peers to guide and mentor them through the NYC High School Application Process. If you're interested in learning more or signing up, please click below.

We are proud to partner with United Tutoring to provide tutoring in all academic and extracurricular subjects. If you're interested in brushing up on school subjects or trying something new, click below to visit their website and to learn more.