About the Chess Team

What a difference a few years can make. Back in December 2009, the first PS 41 Chess Team of seven children traveled to Dallas, TX for its first national event. By 2015, 28 children and four coaches went to compete at the National Elementary K-6 Championship. The school’s chess team has become one of the highest ranked elementary school teams in the country (see the team’s achievements HERE.)

Each school year, the chess team makes an effort to travel to five major scholastic tournaments. The events include the National Scholastic K-12 Championship (Orlando, FL or Nashville, TN), the Greater NY Scholastic Chess Championships (Brooklyn, NY), the NYS Scholastic Championships (Saratoga Springs, NY), the All-Girls National Championships (Chicago, IL), and the National Elementary K-6 Championship (Nashville, TN).

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A message from chess teacher Jeremy Scheinbach about the National Championships (K-6, All-Girls, and K-12 Championships):

These national events are tremendous opportunities for children of all levels of chess, including kindergarten and first grade. Children do not have to qualify in anyway, and for some, just playing in a handful of local tournaments in the months leading up to nationals can provide them with enough preparation for the event. I have been traveling to these events for many years now and can tell you that it is always such a positive experience for the kids who participate. They always return from the tournament with an experience that they carry with them for the rest of their lives.

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If your child is interested in joining the chess team, or if you have questions, please contact Jeremy Scheinbach at ps41chess@gmail.com.