An Interview with Andy Lerner


Andy Lerner is a Chess Master and member of the Board of Directors at Chess in the Schools. He is the Managing Partner of IA Capital Group, a venture capital…

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Words from a CIS Parent


Homaris Castillo’s son Devin is a Chess in the Schools alumnus, now studying at Fordham University. Homaris is a proud mom, and continuous advocate for chess.  So, I’ve heard, the…

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Announcing Leadership Changes


March 2, 2023 Dear Chess in the Schools Community, After nearly seven years, our President and Chief Executive Officer, Debbie Eastburn will be retiring from her role this summer. We…

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Interview with New Instructor: Quan Ince


Quan Ince is a Chess in the Schools alumnus. He graduated from The Bronx Center for Science and Mathematics in 2015, and has been working in chess education as a…

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Interview with CIS College Bound students Christian, Jeremiah, Dana, and Selvin


How’d you start playing chess? What do you like about it? Dana: I started in the second grade, through my friends, but then I got more into it through my…

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Interview with David Osei, CIS Alumnus and Advocate


“Chess In the Schools Was an Awesome Program, and I Just Kept Coming Back.” Interview with David Osei, CIS Alumnus and Advocate David Osei lives in Washington DC, where he…

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Chess in the Schools Announces The Andy Lerner Award for Excellence in Chess Education


The Andy Lerner Excellence in Chess Education Award is given annually to one educator representing a public school, charter school, or a non-commercial children’s chess club. The selection process is…

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Chess in the Schools is Happy to Welcome Epah Jere, CIS’s New Chess Instructor


> Chess in the Schools is happy to welcome Epah Jere, CIS’s new chess instructor. This interview helps understand what brought Epah to our team. Q: You are the most…

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Play Magnus Presents Chess in the Schools at the NADA Arts Fair


Play Magnus has been a longstanding partner for Chess in the Schools. Every year, the company provides multiple opportunities for our students to learn new chess strategies and excel in…

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Chess Meets Art at NADA New York


On May 8, 2022, Chess in the Schools students had a unique opportunity to participate in a chess challenge at NADA New York, an international arts fair by the New…

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