Curriculum Classes with Premier Chess

Premier Chess is proud to offer curriculum classes to schools and programs within the New York City area! Our offerings cater flexibly to your classes’ time constraints, and are an extremely productive and fun way for your students to spend their class time. 
Curriculum classes are comprised of our very own instructors coming in at any time during the day to teach chess for 40-60 minutes. These classes can be available to any level of chess players and are open to any age group. Premier Chess currently has curriculum classes set up in 4th and 5th grade classrooms with X14, and at Summit Middle School where we teach students between 6th and 8th grade.
These classes are organized comprehensively and efficiently to maximize our time with your students. We will consult teachers preemptively about any special concerns that they may have, along with any special circumstances that we may need to cater to for each student. This includes but is not limited to working with students with learning disabilities, shortening or lengthening the class sessions, and providing materials that the school may not have readily available.
Here’s why you should bring a chess class to your school:
– Students can represent your school in leagues, improving teamwork skills & your school’s reputation
– We strengthen your students’ critical thinking and memory by studying opening, middle game, and endgame strategies
– Chess helps with analytical thinking and foresight
– Students can make friends with and establish connections with fellow chess players in their classroom and all over the nation!
The following is what a sample schedule of a curriculum class looks like:
20 Minutes: Chess Lesson
20 Minutes: Chess Exercises/Free Play
5 Minutes: Clean Up and Discussion
Check out our latest testimonial from a satisfied Premier Chess customer:
“Premier Chess was a hit in the classroom for both students and teachers.  In fact, it was so successful in our school that we had to expand our after school program due to such a high demand. The lessons are engaging and informative, and the aspect of competition really gets the students excited to learn more and improve their skills.” – Carly Ayala, Community School Director of PS14
Please contact CEO Evan Rabin at or (917) 776-1306 to set up a curriculum class, and check out for more information!

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.

Meditate & Be Super Ready For Your Chess Matches!

Meditation is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we are doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us.

This practice is an effective way to connect mind & body while improving attention and self-awareness, which promotes a healthier and happier life. It can be done by anyone, of any age, regardless of his or her practice level, so that a state of calm and relaxation may be achieved.

These are a few of science-based benefits of meditation: controls anxiety and depression, reduces stress and fear, increases self-confidence and positive emotion, enhances self-awareness and relaxation, helps ignore distractions, lengthens attention span, helps manage ADHD, better sleep, increases memory retention and recall, improves cognitive skills and creative thinking, lessens worries and impassivity, reduces blood pressure, improves breathing and heart rates, increases immune function, and hundreds more.

Therefore, meditation is one of the best ways to enhance mind and brain abilities. With a calm, relaxed and focused mind one can stay in the moment rather than worried about results.

By: Nilcee Kitani Schneider -Meditation & Wellness Coach, Reiki Master and Motivational Speaker. Creator of the M.O.T. (Mother of Twins) Meditation and the OlderWise Programs.

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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