PS 139 Chess Club & Team

  • Mayor’s Cup, Elementary Championship - 10th Place

  • All Girls National 1st place Champions

    • K/3 U600, K/6 U900, & K/12 U1200

  • Elementary U600 NY State Championship - 3rd place

Program Vision:

From complete beginners to advancing tournament players our goal is that all PS 139 players can experience both the joy & significant social/educational benefits of learning and playing chess. Our PS 139 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: 600+ USCF

  • Queens: U600 USCF, Advancing players with an eye towards competition

  • Knights: Social developmental play

  • Pawns: K-1, introductory coaching & play

Program Rates: 

-Please email Mr. West at for information about pricing.

Financial assistance available, email

* Each PS 139 program member will receive a team shirt and also a gold membership

Monday Team Practice

*Please note that in order to maintain the vibrancy and success of our Tuesday Chess Club & Team, we are asking that Monday Team Practice is done only in addition to our Tuesday Chess Club & Team.

Mondays will be reserved for players interested in actively competing and representing PS 139 in tournament play. Pick-up will occur at 5:00 PM directly in the school lobby.

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

Tuesday Chess Club & Team

Fall 2019: September 17th - January 28th

  • September 17th, 24th

  • October 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th

  • November 12th, 19th, 26th

  • December 3rd, 10th, 17th

  • January 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th

Spring 2020 Semester Dates: Updated Shortly

Players will meet in the auditorium directly after-school and will go into the chess rooms for a light snack. Lessons and play will take place in classrooms onsite at PS 139. Pickup will occur at 5:00 PM in the main lobby. 

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

Program leadership will ensure a single thread of PS 139 team spirit and standards in each class. Coaches will get to know each player in the program and be able to speak on each ones 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 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. 

Team Competitions:

Our PS 139 Team will compete at local, City, State & National competitions.

Contact Your PS 139 Coaching Team: