Lower Lab Chess Club & Team! 


Program Vision:

From complete beginners to advancing tournament players, our goal is that all PS 77 players can experience both the joy & significant social/educational benefits of learning and playing chess. Our Lower Lab 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 - 1200 + USCF

  • Queens - 800+ USCF

  • Rooks - U800 (400-799 USCF)

  • Bishops - Advancing tournament players - U400

  • Knights - Social developmental play

  • Pawns - Kindergarten, introductory coaching & play


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 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

Players will meet in the auditorium directly after-school for groupings and a light snack. Training and play will take place in classrooms onsite at PS 77. Pickup will occur at 5 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 we see fit. 

A high emphasis on participation, engagement and hard work will be placed on our most advanced classes. 

Lower Lab 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. 



Team Competitions:

Our PS 77 team will compete at local, City, State & National competitions.


Contact your Lower Lab Team Coaches:

email - ps77chessclub@gmail.com

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