PS 59 Chess Club & Team
2018 K/3 U 700 National Champions!
From complete beginners to advancing tournament players our goal is that all PS 59 players can experience both the joy & significant social/educational benefits of learning and playing chess. Our PS 59 Team will prepare for local, City, State & National Competitions.
Players are matched into groups based on skill, interest level & age. This allows coaches to identify and create the right training environment for each player. (complete beginner - advanced competitors)
Approximate class groupings:
Kings - 1000 + USCF
Queens - 600 + USCF
Rooks - U 600 + USCF with a eye towards competition
Bishops - Advancing tournament players - U 600
Knights - Social developmental play
Pawns - Kindergarten, introductory coaching & play
Friday Chess Club & Team:
Fall Semester: September 21st - January 25th
September 21st, 28th
October 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th
November 2nd, 9th, 16th, 30th
December 7th, 14th, 21st
January 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th
Spring 2019 Semester: February 1st - June 21st
February 1st, 8th, 15th
March 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th
April 5th, 12th
May 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st
June 7th, 14th, 21st
Players will meet in the cafeteria directly after-school for groupings and a light snack. Training and play will take place in classrooms onsite at PS 59. Pickup will occur at 5 PM in the front yard.
Lateral movements will occur as we experiment with class grouping and activities to identify the optimal training opportunities for our players. Players will be promoted throughout the season as we see fit.
A high emphasis on participation, engagement and hard work will be placed on our most advanced classes.
PS 59 will have a weekly meeting where the past weeks success is recognized and upcoming events are emphasized. During these weekly meetings class expectations and team spirit is reinforced.
We want each participant in our weekly training to feel connected to the program and enjoy pride in the program. Recognizing collective success is encouraged and serves as an inspiration to students from all classes and groups.
As we continue to grow our program and competitive team, there remains the opportunity for more social, less competitive play.
We will continue to welcome all players and find the right balance for each and every one. We want everyone to engage with the chess program at their comfort level, where the entire student body can enjoy the great benefits of this incredible game.
Monday Team Practice:
* Please note that in-order to maintain the vibrancy and success of our Friday Chess Club & Team we are asking that Monday Team Practice is done only in addition to our Friday Chess Club & Team.
Mondays will be reserved for players interested in actively competing and represent PS 59 in tournament play.
Fall 2018 Semester: September 17th - January 28th
September 17th, 24th
October 1st, 15th, 22nd, 29th
November 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th
December 3rd, 10th, 17th
January 7th, 14th, 28th
Spring 2019 Semester: February 4th - June 17th
February 4th, 11th, 25th
March 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th
April 1st, 8th, 15th, 29th
May 6th, 13th, 20th
June 3rd, 10th, 17th
Our PS 59 team will compete at local, City, State & National competitions.
* All participants will receive a PS 59 program shirt and chesskid.com gold membership.
Friday Chess Club & Team - $595
Friday Chess Club & Team + Monday Team Practice - $1000
Optional Late pick up 5:00 - 6:00 pm - $159
If you need a one time late pick-up please email firstname.lastname@example.org and provide $20 at pick-up.
Financial assistance available - email email@example.com
Support PS 59 Chess:
Donations can be made towards peer scholarships, weekend team coaching expenses, team room expenses, and program development.
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