Chess is fun and challenging, and contributes to academic performance.
Creative problem solving and critical thinking skills are used in this
enjoyable and stimulating game. At PS41, Kindergarten, first, and
second grade students receive weekly chess instruction in their regular
classrooms from chess teacher Jeremy Scheinbach. This enrichment
program, which began in 2003, is generously funded by the school’s PTA.
Students receive instruction and play supervised games; they build
self-confidence, learn about good sportsmanship, and develop respect for
Kindergarten students begin their chess journey by learning about the
chess board and the names of the pieces. They learn piece movement and
the rules of the king (check, checkmate, and stalemate), and soon after
begin playing full games of chess. In first grade, students review the
rules they learned in kindergarten, and then quickly move onto basic
strategy and tactics (pins, forks, and discoveries). In second grade,
chess students continue learning with more advanced strategies and
tactics, while continually practicing games in class.
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If you have questions or would like further information about other chess activities at PS41 (including tournaments, friendly matches, and chess parties), visit www.nycknights.com. For questions about chess education, classes, and programming, click here or email Jeremy Scheinbach at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also, be sure to check out our PS 41 Chess Bulletin Board by the Nurse's Office (Room 105) for more chess news and information.