Usdan's program is designed to meet the individual needs of each student and is offered in cooperation with The National Scholastic Chess Foundation. Multiple classes offer instruction to beginner through advanced players. Players new to chess learn its rules, notation and the opening, middle and end games. Technique is acquired in organized and free play with other students and faculty. Advanced players develop a repertory of game strategies. Celebrated chess masters visit Usdan as guest teachers.

Major & Minor

  • Chess

For detailed class descriptions, photos, and videos, please visit our "classes offered" page.


  • Brian Karen | Chess

    M.S.W., Fordham University. Ranked in the top 3% of tournament chess players worldwide. Member, US Chess Federation Scholastic Committee. USCF tournament director.

  • Joel Salman | Chess

    B.A., Johns Hopkins. Professional Chess Master. FIDE Master. USCF Life Master, National Master. Senior USCF Tournament Director. Bermuda National Team. Coach at FIDE World Youth Championships.