Lower Lab Chess Club & Team!
Mayor’s Cup, Elementary Championship - 1st Place
All Girls States, K/3 - State Champions!
All Girls Nationals, Under 10 - National Champions!
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 (300-799 USCF)
Bishops: U300 Advancing tournament players
Knights: Social developmental play
Pawns: Kindergarten, introductory coaching & play
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
* Each PS 77 program member will receive a team shirt and also a chesskid.com gold membership
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.
Our PS 77 team will compete at local, City, State & National competitions.
Contact your Lower Lab Coaching Team: