Scholastic State Chamipionships

It's 2017 state championship season!

NEWS Flash:

  • Priyav Chandna, an eleventh grader from United World College in Montezuma, tied with Asher Nathan, a sixth grader from Rio Grande Elementary in Santa Fe, for the NM K-12 Chess Championship. Click here for cross table
  • Sophia Moore (grade 8) of Camino Real Middle School in Las Cruces won the 2017 NM girls chess championship with a perfect 4-0 score.
  • Asher Nathan of Rio Grande Elementary in Santa Fe wins K-6 Championship.
  • Marcelo Tohen of Escuela del Sol Montessori in Albuquerque and Carson Kaczmarek of the Acton Academy in Las Cruces tie for the K-3 Championship.

In 2017 there is a new rule that 3 of 8 Players can Qualify for the K-12 Championship at Regional Tournaments. Please see this document which explains the procedure. The qualifier tournaments are listed in the calendar - at this time (2017-01-14) Northern and Central regional qualifiers have been scheduled.

You can now register for the 2017 state championships

You can view the results for the K-12 qualifying round.


You can view the results for the state K-9 championship.

You can view the results for the state K-6/K-3 championship.


Every year we organize the state scholastic chess championships. This year (2017) the championships will be at the following locations and dates:

  • The K-12 tournament will be Saturday, February 18 at the B. F. Young Professional Center in Santa Fe
  • The K-9 tournament will be Saturday, March 11 at Northern New Mexico College in Espanola
  • The K-6 tournament will be Sunday, March 26 at the Hotel Cascada in Albuquerque
  • view the flyer
  • Rules for the Denker, Polgar and Barber tournaments
  • view Martin Cooper's abbreviated rules
  • Part of our effort in organizing the state championships is to select New Mexico's representatives to the Denker Tournament of High School Champions and the Susan Polgar National Invitational Tournament or the USCF National Girls' Invitational Tournament. Click here to view the 2017 document which describes how New Mexico selects the participants for these national scholastic tournaments.

    Archives: history of state championships

    You can also see the history of the state championships.

    And we archive here the NMSCO constitution and bylaws.