Premier Chess Classes at NYC Fun Zone

Premier Chess Classes at NYC Fun Zone

Where: NYC FunZone, 1571 York Avenue, New York, NY, 10028

When: Wednesdays from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM, Oct 10- Dec 19 (No class on 11/21)


  • It can raise your IQ by improving your critical thinking skills!
  • By developing the right side of your brain, you could increase your creativity!
  • As we learn opening, middle game and endgame strategies, your memory will be improved.
  • Benjamin Franklin once said “Failing to Plan is Planning to Fail.” Chess will help you think 
  • Prepare for local chess tournaments, City Championships, State Championships and National 
Championships (tournaments are not required but are encouraged)
  • Chess is also great way to meet new friends, both in school and out. Premier Chess CEO’s 
National Master Evan Rabin has played chess in 9 different countries and has connections literally around the world through the game

Cost: $400 for 10-week Session by 9/22, $450 by October 1, $500 after 

Learn More about NYC FunZone: See 
Questions: Reach out to Evan Rabin, CEO of Premier Chess at or (917) 776- 1306 or Sarit Triger, Founder of NYC Fun Zone at or (347) Register Here!

What Makes Chess and Psychologists a Winning Combination?

by Dr. Eric Padol, Licensed Psychologist at 
On-Site Psychological Services

Dr. Eric Padol is an articulate and reliable health-care professional with nine years of experience meeting clients’ needs through interpersonal contacts and thorough, well-researched written communications. He has a BA in Psychology from Binghamton University and a MS and Doctorate from Nova Southeastern University. 
I can utilize my years of experience as a therapist, tournament chess player, and spiritual chess player to help people learn life lessons from the game of chess, and to enjoy the dance, win, lose or draw! 

Specific life lessons include:

n  Plan, work hard, and absolute miracles will happen!
n  Don’t force things – forcing can lead to a losing result, while simply letting the situation unfold can create opportunities.
n  Don’t worry about results- Enjoy the process, get out of your comfort zone, and find you are stronger than you ever knew!
n  Love your opponent – he or she is a life teacher, not an adversary.
And much, much more!

I look forward to sharing with you, and receiving the gifts and lessons you have for me!
To learn more about Dr. Eric Padol, see

Premier Chess First Annual Grand Prix Series Standings

Premier Chess has had a wonderful turnout in its first annual Grand Prix Series. Hosted by Grace Church School and Brooklyn Friends School, the series of tournaments has featured 44 competitors to date. The final tournament will be held on Sunday June 2, at the Grace Church School, in the heart of New York City at 46 Cooper Square, New York, NY.

The top three finishers will receive Amazon Gift Cards, while fourth to seventh place finishers will receive gift certificates to American Chess Equipment, one of our partners that provide the highest quality of Chess Equipment. Additionally, trophies will be handed out to the top 25% of participants, and medals will be given out to all participants with 2.5 points or more that do not win a trophy.

For a first place trophy in an individual tournament within the Grand Prix, three points are awarded. As such, two points will be awarded for a second place trophy, and one point will be awarded for a third place trophy. Additionally, five extra points will be awarded to each participant that plays at least one tournament in each school. After these scores are calculated, they will be multiplied by the number of tournaments in which the contestant participates. Therefore, if a contestant plays in all six tournaments, their total score will be multiplied by six.

Entry into a tournament costs $40 if the contestant signs up at least one month prior to the event. This fee becomes $50 if the contestant signs up a week prior, and becomes $60 if the contestant signs up by 12:00pm on the say of the tournament or onsite. The final tournament takes place on Sunday, June 2, leaving less than a week to sign up with the $40 fee. 

Without further ado, the following is a breakdown of the Grand Prix thus far:
In our first tournament, Sylvie Vanderbilt of PS 58 and Darvin Lee of PS 124 tied for first place. Aarav Roy of JCGS and Soren Maholtra of OLP came in second, with Luke Luo of PS 50 and Justin Lee of PS 124 in third. 

The second tournament saw Jackson Swift of Brooklyn Friends tie with Stefano Revegano of Knox School for first place. Second place went to Aditya Shingh of Riverdale, Graydon Leicht and Leo Zhang of Avenues. Last but not least, Nathan Barry of Knox School tied with Roy (JCGS) and Andrew Buchanan of SA Union Square to take home third place.

Tournament number three featured Barry (Knox School) tying with John Joseph Gabriel of BBMS for first place, while Revegano (Knox School), Alexander Mason of PS 10 and Vanderbilt (PS 58) took home second place. Third place went to Cooper Hazelrig of Brooklyn Friends, Daiwen Guo of PS 686 BSI and Zion Ogbo of SA Rosendale.

Jacob Katz of PS 29, Jeremy Wen of PS 124 and Wilson Robohm of Haldane won the fourth tournament. A four-way tie for second place came between Amenaide Brown of Hewitt, Ryan Baranovsky of PS 40, Gibson Hope of Calhoun and Buchanan (SA Union Square). Riley Thomson of Churchill, Jameson Wong of Dalton and Kari Phoenix Chen of Compass Charter took home third place.

Zenchi Sun of Avenues and Eric Michaels of BBMS won the fifth tournament, while Mateo Uribe of PS 321, Vanderbilt (PS 58) and Roy (JCGS) took home second place. Third place went to Adam Shtaynberg of SIHA and Katz (PS 29).

As such, the following are the standings for the Grand Prix thus far:

We can’t wait to see the turnout for the final event in the Grand Prix series! Please contact Premier Chess CEO Evan Rabin at or (917) 776-1306 with questions. 

Politics and Chess

From playing chess, I have learned two practices that I use in my working life—teamwork and the act of strategizing.

In chess, each player has 16 pieces to work with. A chess player learns how to use a “team” of pieces to accomplish the task at hand—get to checkmate.

In politics and local government, teamwork is essential to accomplish tasks. To build a road, for example, requires coordination of several groups—the transportation department, water department, electric and/or gas company, and more. If one were to view each department as a chess piece, someone needs to coordinate the workings of each piece. As mayor, I orchestrate teams of people to complete projects.

In chess, each piece has its own way of working. The rook, for example, only moves horizontally and vertically.  The pawn can move forward but not backward. This knowledge plays a part in a chess player’s strategy of how to maneuver the pieces to win.

Knowing how to strategize is very effective in politics and local government. To pass an ordinance, for example, requires the approval from the City Council. To get approval, the information needs to be presented in a way that’s understandable to the Council. Having the knowledge of each Council member’s perspective—similar to knowledge of how a chess piece moves—is necessary to move items forward on the Council’s agenda.  We don’t declare checkmate in our proceedings, but a win is just as gratifying.

Mayor Rothschild is a native Tucsonan. His grandmother moved to Tucson in 1942 and opened a used furniture store, Valley Fair, on South 6th Avenue.
He is a graduate of Canyon del Oro High School, Kenyon College and the University of New Mexico Law School. After serving as a law clerk for District Court Judge Alfredo C. Marquez, he went on to a 30-year career practicing law with the firm of Mesch, Clark and Rothschild. He served as managing partner for the firm and concentrated his practice in the areas of business law and estate planning.
The mayor has a long history of service with many nonprofits in the community and served as Board President for Casa de los Niños, Handmaker Services for the Aging and Temple Emanu-el. He is married, with three children and two grandchildren.

Grateful for Chess in Tanzania!

An Interview with Christopher, Make a Difference Now Student at Royal School of HIMO

by Jack Mo, 1st Annual Make a Difference in Africa Trip Volunteer (June 11-18, 2018) 

I am a Penn States student, who enjoyed being one of the volunteers on the 1st Annual Make a Difference in Africa trip in June, 2018. Here is my interview with Christopher, one of one of Make a Difference NOW (MAD)’s sponsored students, who was one the 65 kids we taught: 

Jack giving a lesson on basic
Christopher at Demo Board.
In background, is Eric, who won our in-class tournament.



Please share a little bit about your upbringing and how 
Make a Difference Now (MAD) has affected your life.
 Without MAD, I would face many challenges. I’m now literate because MAD helped me. Being illiterate would make me end up being in the streets doing child labor in order to have something to eat. MAD is providing all my basic needs such food, clothing, shelter and access to medical services. MAD gave me access to sports such as basketball and recently this year I had exposure to professional chess players and I can now play chess.  MAD has affected my life in general and I can see my future dream in near future. 
What do you want to do in the future after you graduate from Royal School of HIMO? 
 I’ve got short and long term dreams. Right after graduating, I would like to  meet with my family and to get exposure to village life and help with  household chores and farming. I want to meet students in government schools who did not have access to best schools to help them with their classes. I will also be working for my high school applications and college applications to start in the Spring of 2019.
Tell me a little bit about the experience you had learning chess from the Premier Chess team back in June.  
I got many experiences such as confidence in playing chess (could play previously but without the basic skills and with no confidence). I learned how to establish a collaborative environment.  I enjoyed how you and the team made students participate by providing the pencils and the trophy. You taught the techniques to win chess competition and ways to refresh my mind through chess.
What was your favorite part about the experience? 
My favorite part is the knowledge on the techniques of winning chess competition because I can apply them in many aspects while playing chess. 
What lessons did you learn from chess that may help you in other areas of life
Collaboration, corporation and the aspects of winning chess
How much chess is being played in the school currently? 
Chess have been played in our school every Wednesday but during the last few weeks of schooling, when we’re preparing for exams, we don’t play. 
What types of lessons would you like to learn when we return to school in July?  
 In July next year, most of us will be in other schools since we have already graduated. However, I would like to learn more on the chess techniques. Additionally, if possible when you come back in July, teaching using two languages will be very helpful. Most of MAD students have access to international volunteers and they’ve got used to English speakers but now only one MAD student, Peter, will be around.  It is better to have a translator who will translate to the students with simple English and if possible use two languages, English and Swahili. 

If there is one thing we can improve on for our next teaching trip to Royal School, what would it be?

Minimize the speed of teaching and have a Swahili translator. 

Is there anything else you would like to share about your experience with Premier Chess volunteer team? 

The experience with chess has helped me think mathematically. 

If I may, would love to ask you two follow up questions: 

Please do! 

Can chess program be part of employment to people? If so, how?


Chess can absolutely be a platform of employment. I teach students in the classroom and individually either in-person or online. If you are interested in learning more about how you can make money through chess, the other volunteers and I would love to provide some guidance.


Are there several teams/ chess clubs in your home area? 
Jack: I am the president of the Penn State chess club, where we meet for club every week. We are in the process of starting rated tournaments on campus. Meanwhile, I do frequently travel to my hometown Pittsburgh and other cities for tournaments. I should note, I also look forward to playing with you again down in the Kilimanjaro region next July! Thank you for your time and see you soon.

For more insights about our 2018 trip, see CEO National Master Evan Rabin’s article in the December issue of Chess Life.  Apply for 2019 trip, which will take place July 11-18, here!

Premier Chess Partners with Make a Difference Now and Metro World Child!

The1st Annual Grace Church and Brooklyn Friends Grand Prix Tournament #6 will be taking place on June 2nd. I know it’s in the following month but these short summer days are flying by, you are gonna one mark this one down on your calendar. Special thanks to the Make A Difference foundation who has helped to plan and organize this event, and through a silent auction, will teach chess to underprivileged youth in Africa. Email if you can donate a silent auction item.

For all of you interested in helping youth have you ever heard of Metro World Child? A non-profit organization devoted to helping at-risk youth worldwide, and is based here in Brooklyn, New York! Believe it or not, Metro World Child has been around for nearly half a century!  On June 9th, Premier Chess will be holding a fundraiser Grand Prix Chess Tournament hosted by the organization Metro World Child. To become a part of this event you can register Register here. If you have any questions, please contact Premier Chess CEO Evan Rabin at or Glisson  Niekerk at Hope to see you all there and looking forward to paving a brighter future.

Daniel Mascola
Premier Chess Operations Intern 

Premier Chess At The “2019 Vesuvio Chess Festival”

It was during Evan’s trip to Italy that Premier Chess’ Facebook page hit 7600 likes. He shared a lot of his experience throughout the country through Premier Chess’ social media, that’s why you should all follow us here! He’s played in the strongest section of the tournament. Indeed his two losses were against International Masters, one of which was definitely not one sided. Anyway we want you to witness one of the game that took place during the 2019 Vesuvio Chess Festival.

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[Event “Vesuvio Chess Festival”]
[Site “Boscorecase, Italy”]
[Date “Nov 30, 2019”]
[Round “2”]
[White “Rabin, Evan “]
[Black “Mansugo”]
[Result “1/2-1/2”]

1. e4 Nc6 2. d4 {Black’s 1st move Nc6 allows a certain flexibility. In this
position both d5 and e5 have been played a lot.} 2… d6

(2… Nf6?! {Here White
can play e5 and get back into the Alekhine, but d5 should give him a solid
advantage!} 3. d5 Ne5 4. f4 Ng6 5. e5 Ng8) 3. d5 Nb8 4. c4 e6 5. Nc3 exd5 6.
cxd5 Nf6 7. Nf3 {[%csl Yd6,Yd5,Ye4,Rf8,Rc7][%cal Rf3e5,Rb5c6,Gc6e5]If we compare this position to a Benoni-type position there are
certain similarities and difference we should notice. White has a central e4-d5
pawn chain. But Black’c pawn is still on c7 unlike in the Benoni where he is on
c5. Moreover Black hasn’t played the move g6-g7.} 7… Be7 8. Bd3 O-O 9. h3 c6
{I think c6 makes a lot of sense since c5 would make the queenside appear like a
benoni while still having Black’s dark-squared bishop sitting on e7, which
wouldn’t help out Black’s diabolical plan on the Queenside. The h8-a1 diagonal
is a thing.} 10. O-O cxd5 11. exd5 h6 12. Bf4 Re8 13. Rc1 a6 14. Bb1 Nbd7 15.
Re1 Bf8 16. Rxe8 {Perhaps keeping more pieces on the board would be interesting
since Black’s position seems to be somewhat cramped.} 16… Qxe8 17. Qd4
{Centralizing your pieces is almost always a good thing.} 17… b5 18. Nd1 {The
opening part is definitely over and an original game occurred.} 18… Bb7 19.
Ne3 Rc8 20. Re1 Qd8 21. g4 Qb6 22. Qd2 Qc5 23. Rd1 Nb6 24. Nf5 Qxd5 25. Qxd5
Bxd5 26. N3d4 Nc4 27. b3 Ne5 28. Ne3 Bb7 29. Ndf5 Ne4 30. Bxe4 Bxe4 31. Nxd6
Nf3+ 32. Kf1 Bxd6 33. Bxd6 Kh7 34. Bf4 Rc6 35. Nd5 Rc2 36. Nb4 Rb2 37. Nxa6 Rxa2
38. Nc5 Bc6 39. Rd6 Ra1+ 40. Ke2 Re1+ 41. Kd3 Be8 42. Rb6 Rh1 43. Ke4 Rxh3 44.
Kd5 Rh1 45. Rb8 Rd1+ 46. Ke4 Bc6+ 47. Ke3 Rc1 48. Nd3 Rg1? 49. Rb6 Bd5 50. Rxb5
Bc6 51. Rc5 Ba8 52. Rc8 Bd5 53. Bg3 Ng5 54. Nc5 Rb1 55. Rb8 Re1+ 56. Kd4 Bf3 57.
Bf4 Ne6+ 58. Nxe6 Rxe6 59. Be5 f6 60. Bc7 Bxg4 61. b4 Bf3 62. b5 h5 63. Rd8 h4
64. b6 h3 65. Kc5 Re5+ 66. Bxe5 fxe5 67. Rd3 h2 68. Rxf3? h1=Q 69. Rb3? Qh4 70.
b7 Qd4+? 71. Kb5 Qd7+ 72. Kc5? Qe7+? (72… Qc7+ {This would have allowed Black
to secure the win.}) 73. Kc4 Qf7+ 74. Kc3 Qc7+ 75. Kd3 Qb8 76. Ke4 Kg6 77. Rb6+
Kf7 78. Kd5 Ke7 79. Kc6 Qe8+ 80. Kc5 Qb8 81. Kc6 Qd6+ 82. Kb5 {Now this is a
dead draw. White made somewhat of a fortress.} 82… Qb8 83. Kc6 1/2-1/2


Evan Rabin at the Vesuvio Open
(NM) Evan Rabin playing chess in Italy

Chess Trivia Post 1: What Came First- Chess or Checkers?

 Jonathan Rothschild, Mayor of Tucson told the students at our Sonoran Science Academy camp last year “You play checkers; I’ll play chess.”

Chess, as I’m sure you all know, is a two player board game a played on a 64 square board, 8 squares on each side, and each players starts with 16 pieces. Checkers is also  a two players board game played on a 64 square board, 8 square on each side, but this time each players begins with 12 pieces, or checkers.

The objective in both of these games are different- in checkers, you need to capture all your opponents pieces until you leave them with no available moves. To the contrary, in chess, capturing pieces you a competitive advantage but you ultimately need to checkmate your opponent’s king to win. Checkmate means the king is in danger and there are no legal moves.

 The other main difference between these two games is that in chess, each piece has it’s own unique move or function, leaving a larger margin for error than checkers, in which the pieces have all the same function unless you are able to move one of your checkers all the way across the board, turning it into a “King”, allowing it to move backwards. Similarly though, in chess, when a pawn reaches the other side of the board, it can promote to a Queen, Bishop, Rook or Knight. 99% of time players will promote to a queen but there a few times when a player will underpromote.

So to answer the question above, what came first, chess or checkers, the answer isn’t chess. The earliest version of chess, called Chaturanga, originated from Northern India around the start of the 6th century. Even though it was not until the 15th century that the game of chess evolved to what it is today. Checkers, however, is much older than chess. Historians believe that the earliest form of checkers was discovered in Iraq and archeologists have used Carbon dating to trace their findings back to 3000 B.C , over 5000+ years ago, whereas was only discovered a 1500 years ago.

So there you have it, the answer to the question we’ve all been waiting for. Tune in soon for more chess-related trivia.

Daniel Mascola
Operations Intern