Chelsea Prep Chess Club & Team

  • four Nationals Top 10 Grade Teams

  • Six City Championship Top 10 Teams

  • Mayor's Cup Runners up

  • All Girls National Champions U10 Top 5

  • Elementary Reserve & k/1 Reserve State Champions

Program Vision:

From complete beginners to advancing tournament players, our goal is that all PS 33 Chelsea Prep players can experience both the joy & significant social/educational benefits of learning and playing chess. Our PS 33 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

  • Bishops - U 600 Advancing players with an eye towards competition

  • Knights - Social developmental play

  • Pawns - Kindergarten, introductory coaching & play

Program Rates: $595 per semester

  • Optional Late pick up 5:00 - 6:00 pm - $159

  • 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

* Each PS 33 program member will receive a team shirt, a USCF ID# (1st - 5th grade students new to competitive chess) and a gold membership

Wednesdays Chess Club & Team

Fall Semester: September 26th - January 30th

  • September 26th

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

  • November 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th

  • December 5th, 12th, 19th

  • January 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th

Spring 2019 Semester:  February 6th - June 19th

  • February 6th, 13th, 27th

  • March 6th, 13th (PTC), 20th, 27th

  • April 3rd, 10th, 17th

  • May 1st, 8th, 15th (PTC), 22nd, 29th

  • June 5th, 12th, 19th

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 33. 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 33 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. This year we will be incorporating USCF rated match play directly into the classrooms on an ongoing basis. 

Program leadership will ensure a single thread of PS 33 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. 

Monday Team Practice:

Fall 2018 Semester: September 24th - January 28th

  • September 24th

  • October 1st, 15th, 22nd, 29th

  • November 5th, 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

Mondays will be reserved for players interested in actively competing and representing PS 33 Chelsea Prep in tournament play. Pick-up will occur at 5:00 PM directly in the school lobby.

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

*Each PS 33 program member will receive a team shirt and also a gold membership

Team Competitions:

Our PS 33 Chelsea Prep Team will compete at Local, City, State & National competitions.

Contact Your PS 33 Team Coaches:

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