PS 9 Chess Program


The PS 9 Chess Program is an exposure program to the wonderful world of chess. Chess is incorporated in the curriculum and taught weekly to grades K-2, offering our children the chance to learn the basics of this great game.

The cognitive benefits of chess are well known: chess teaches logic, strategy, and patience. As chess players, our kids learn to analyze situations, evaluate options, plan strategically and solve problems. These are attributes that will help them be more successful in their daily lives.

PS9 Chess team: The Knights of 9

A number of kids at PS9 are regularly participating in city, state and national tournaments representing PS9. The PS9 chess team, the Knights of 9, wants to grow and welcome more members. If you are interested in joining the team, please email

Chess Tournaments

The next PS9 chess tournament is scheduled for Sunday, November 12. View details, including registration info.

To support our students’ development in chess, PS9 hosts two chess tournaments during the school year: one in the fall and one in the spring.

In addition to our “home” tournaments, children can take part in other local events around the city. Some popular tournaments are listed below.

Calendar of chess tournaments in NYC

In addition to regular monthly tournaments, chess players can participate at annual City, State and National tournaments.

Re-Create Afterschool Chess Classes

Students who would like to take their game to the next level, can sign up for afterschool chess classes offered by Re-Create afterschool.

The PS9 chess team will meet Mondays 3:10-5:15 and on Wednesdays 4:30-5:50.

Learning and practice resources

Further reading and useful links

PS9 Chess Committee

The PS9 Chess Committee takes the lead in raising awareness of the PS9 chess program, growing the program and the PS9 chess team, disseminating tournament opportunities, and working with the PA to organize the PS9 chess tournaments.

The committee needs volunteers for the chess tournaments (in the fall and spring). We also need chess champions in each class to raise awareness on the chess program, recruit kids on the chess team, and disseminate information on chess tournaments.

If you are interested in joining the committee, please email