PS 116 Chess Club & Team

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 * Nationally Renowned Chess Team*

  • Mayors cup top 5

Program Vision:

From complete beginners to advancing tournament players our goal is that all PS 116 players can experience both the joy & significant social/educational benefits of learning and playing chess. Our PS 116 Team will prepare for local, City, State & National Competitions.

Players are matched into groups based on skill, interest level & grade. This allows coaches to identify and create the right training environment for each player. (complete beginner - advanced tournament competitors)

Approximate class groupings:

  • Kings - 400 + USCF

  • Queens - U 400 USCF with a eye towards competition

  • Knights - Social developmental play

  • Pawns - Kindergarten, introductory coaching & play

Program Rates: 

  • Fall Trimester - $390.

  • Optional Late pick up 5:00 - 6:00 pm - $120

  • If you need a one time late pick-up, please email and provide $20 at pick-up.

10% sibling discount - use code: sibling

Financial assistance available - email

PS 116 Chess Club & Team Practice

Fall Trimester, September 19th - December 19th

  • September 19th , 26th

  • October 3rd , 10th , 17th , 24th , 31st

  • November 7th , 21st

  • December 5th , 12th , 19th

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 116. Pickup will occur at 5 PM in the cafeteria.  

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 116 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. 

* All participants will receive a PS 116 program shirt and gold membership. 

Team Competitions:

Our PS 116 team will compete at local, City, State & National competitions.

Contact Your PS 116 Team Coaches:

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