PS 59 Chess Club & Team:



  • Three Time National Champions!

Program Vision:

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).

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

  • Kings: 1000+ USCF

  • Queens: 600+ USCF

  • Rooks: U600 USCF with an eye towards competition

  • Bishops: U600 USCF Advancing tournament players

  • Knights: Social developmental play

  • Pawns: Kindergarten, introductory coaching & play

Program Rates:

  • Friday Chess Club & Team: $595 per semester

  • Friday Chess Club & Team + Monday Team Practice: $1,000 per semester

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

  • 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 59 program member will receive a team shirt and also a gold membership

Friday Chess Club & Team

Fall 2019: September 20th - January 31st

  • September 20th, 27th

  • October 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th

  • November 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd

  • December 6th, 13th, 20th

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

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 5:00 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 week’s 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.

*Each PS 59 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 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 representing PS 59 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

Team Competitions:

Our PS 59 team will compete at local, City, State & National competitions.

Contact your PS 59 Coaching Team: