Registration for this special event is now open! Sections: K-12 Championship (1200 & up) K-12 Classic (Under 1200) JH-HS Novice (6-12 Under 1000) JH-HS Unrated (Grades 6-12) EL Championship (K-5 Under 1000) Primary Championship (K-2…
Chess in the Schools fosters the intellectual and social development of low-income youth through chess education.
“Before, I thought chess was for people smarter than me but now I feel smarter than before knowing how to play chess. I also have more patience now. Thank you again for going out of your way to come every Tuesday to teach us to play chess.”
- Chess in the Schools Elementary School Participant
Frequently Asked Questions
New York City Public Schools which have been designated as Title I are eligible to apply for participation in our School Program. If you are interested in participating in our School Program, please click here to send an inquiry.
While any official staff member from a NYC public school can apply, the application process must be approved by and have the full support of the principal.
Individual students are not eligible to participate in our School Program independent of their school being an official partner. However, NYC students are welcome to register for our tournaments regardless of whether their school participates in our School Program.
Unfortunately, our programs are only available to NYC Public Schools in the 5 boroughs (Manhattan, Bronx, Brooklyn, Staten Island, Queens).
Yes, we typically allow entrance to the College Bound Program to those who previously participated in the School Program. However, exceptions can be made on a case-by-case basis.
No, Chess in the Schools is a NYC-based program. Please refer to the United States Chess Federation for information on nationwide chess programs.
There is no cost for students to participate in our programs. However, for schools that participate in our School Program, a fee applies.
Board of Directors
Mike Walsh Peissis
President, Vetta Inc.
Lewis B. Cullman
Mark E. Maher
VP/Counsel, Showtime Networks Inc.
Retired Partner of Goldman Sachs & Co.
Director, Prudential Fixed Income
Merchant Banking Division, Goldman Sachs
Lawrence B. Benenson
Principal, Benenson Capital Partners, LCC
President & CEO
Chess in the Schools
Gustave K. Lipman
Chairman, Circadian Risk
Senior Manager, RCL Advisors, LLC
Andrew C. Smith
Partner, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
Vice President, Deutsche Bank Securities
Board of Advisors
Ronald J. Daniels
Ellen V. Futter
Richard C. Levin
Frank H.T. Rhodes
Charles E. Schumer
Neil deGrasse Tyson
President & CEO
Director, School Program
College Bound Director
School Program Manager
Shaun M. Smith
Development & Communications Coordinator
College Bound Coordinator