PS 130 Chess Club & Team:




Program Vision:

From complete beginners to advancing tournament players, our goal is that all PS 130 players can experience both the joy & significant social/educational benefits of learning and playing chess. Our PS 130 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).

Open to Players K - 2

ICN class groupings (subject to change based on program enrollment):

  • Bishops: U600 USCF & players with an eye towards competition

  • Knights: Social developmental play

  • Pawns: K-1, introductory coaching & play

*This program has reached registration capacity for the Fall semester. If you would like to continue to receive communications about the team, please contact Ian West at

Program Rates: $400 per semester

  • Optional Late pick up 5:00 - 6:00 pm: $100 per semester

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

10% sibling discount - use code: sibling

Financial assistance available: email

* Each PS 130 program member will receive a team shirt, and a gold membership

Monday Chess Club & Team

Fall 2019 : September 16th - January 27th

  • September 16th, 23rd 

  • October 7th, 21st, 28th

  • November 4th, 18th, 25th

  • December 2nd, 9th, 16th

  • January 6th, 13th, 27th

Players will meet in the gym directly after-school. From there they will have a light snack in the cafeteria. Training and play will take place in classrooms onsite at PS 130. Pickup will occur at 5:00 PM in the gymnasium. 

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 coaches feel fit. 

A high emphasis on participation, engagement and self-study will be placed on our team groups. 

PS 130 will have a weekly opening meeting, where past weeks success is recognized, the upcoming events are emphasized and expectations and team spirit is reinforced.

Each class grouping will participate in a weekly lesson followed by serious match play.  The weekly lessons are intended to be highly interactive where each student is expected to participate and contribute. The serious match play will be used to replicate a tournament environment and teach students the practical competitive skills they need to be successful in tournament play.

Program leadership will ensure a single thread of PS 130 team spirit and standards in each class. Coaches will get to know each player in the program and be able to speak on each one’s strengths and weaknesses as their relationship with the program evolves over time.

We want each player in our weekly training to feel connected to the program and enjoy pride in the program. Recognizing collective success is encouraged and serves as inspiration to players from all classes and groups.

*Even as we continue to grow our program and competitive team, there remains the opportunity for more social, less competitive play as well.

We will continue to welcome all students and find the right balance for each and everyone. 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.

* Each PS 130 program member will receive a team shirt, and a gold membership

Team Competitions:

Our PS 130 Team will compete at Local, City, State & National competitions.

Contact Your PS 130 Coaching Team:

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