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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!

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 (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. 

Team Competitions:

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

Contact your Lower Lab Coaching Team:

Email: ps77chessclub@gmail.com