PS 59 Chess Club & Team! 


  • 2018 K/3 U 700 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)

Approximate class groupings:

  • Kings - 1000 + USCF

  • Queens - 600 + USCF

  • Rooks - U 600 USCF with an eye towards competition

  • Bishops - Advancing tournament players - U 600

  • Knights - Social developmental play

  • Pawns - Kindergarten, introductory coaching & play

Program Rates: 

  • Friday Chess Club & Team - $595

  • Friday Chess Club & Team + Monday Team Practice - $1,000

  • 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

Friday Chess Club & Team:

Fall Semester: September 21st - January 25th

  • September 21st, 28th

  • October 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th

  • November 2nd, 9th, 16th, 30th

  • December 7th, 14th, 21st

  • January 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th

Spring 2019 Semester: February 1st - June 21st

  • February 1st, 8th, 15th

  • March 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th

  • April 5th, 12th

  • May 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st

  • June 7th, 14th, 21st

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 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 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. 

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.

Fall 2018 Semester: September 17th - January 28th

  • September 17th, 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 (PS 33, 59 & 139)

  • February 4th, 11th, 25th

  • March 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th

  • April 1st, 8th, 15th, 29th

  • May 6th, 13th, 20th

  • June 3rd, 10th, 17th

Team Competitions:

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

Contact your PS 59 Team Coaches:

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