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Chess at PS 11

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Chessmates Take on the Cities!

The PS11 Chess team sent 25 players to the prestigious New York City Championship to kick off the new year! It was an incredible weekend of competition and an amazing team effort. Our littlest champions the K-1 U400 team bagged third place. Individual trophy winners were third grader Avaan who won third place in the Primary Championship section and Oliver who came 13th in the k-1 U400 section. Meera and Gary also won medals.


National Champions Again!

The Chelsea Chessmates returned home from the 2018 Grade Nationals in Orlando with an impressive showing! We secured TWO TOP 10 TEAM trophies in the United States which included our 1st and 4th grade teams! Our fourth grade team (Viggo, Sabella and Joshua), placed ninth in the country and our first grade team (Elliott, Anay, Silas, Indiana, Gary and Oliver) came in Eighth overall. Our PS 11 team included many 1st time National competitors who rose to the occasion and delivered very impressive results. Individual trophy winners with five points included first grader Elliott and third grader Avaan who also placed 9th in the country in the K-6 Blitz section. A big shout out to the other team members, Stanley, Nanao, Ali, Indira, Liev and Alexander, all of whom played amazing chess and showed incredible team spirit this weekend. Next stop for the Chessmates is the New York City Championship on January 5 and 6th.










Chess Update and News

Counting down to grade Nationals as 16 of our players head to Orlando this week! We have teams K through fourth grade!

The Chessmates are practicing hard. Indira and Meera both had perfect scores in the all girls “Her Move Next” tournament. Avaan got second place in the U1800 section at the Manhattan International Open. Wishing our team lots of success this weekend.

Chess News!

3rd grader Sebastian won all three rounds at the PS10 tournament in Brooklyn this past weekend. Next week the Chessmates head to the grade Nationals in Florida with our largest first grade team ever!











This past weekend our team competed at the Lower Lab Chess Tournament. 
Our team took first  place in the U 700 section. Julian placed third with a perfect score, while Elliott won the sixth place trophy. The Chessmates have a lot of exciting chess coming up the Veterans Day tournament and the Nationals in December.

Chess Update

Avaan cinched the top spot in the Future Masters section at the Hunter Tournament, with a perfect score.





Chess Success: Our First PS11 Tournament sold out!

With over 200 kids registered to play, the first PS11 Chelsea Chessmates Tournament was a smashing success. Along with our amazing ICN coaches we organized a fantastic first tournament. The whole team including our newest K-1 kids came out in full force to support the tournament. We placed first in the U300 and U700 sections. Individual winners were Patrick (second place) Seneca (third place)  and Uri (fifth place)  in the U300 section with perfect scores. In the U700 section, Ash (fifth place) and Elliott (ninth place) took home trophies. A huge thank you to the PTA, Coach Fier, Coach Russ, ICN and Mr Bender for making this happen! We look forward to making our next tournament in Spring bigger and better.
Individual winners Seneca, Ash, Elliott, Uri and Patrick
First place winners the U300 teamLittle chess ninjas: Our K-1 Unrated team
PS11’s first hosted tournament

Columbus Day Chess at PS11

Where were 800 kids this Columbus Day? Playing chess at PS11 of course! Kicking off the Chess in the Schools season, our PS11 hosted tournament was a huge success. Our team the Chelsea Chessmates had a fantastic day with some wins, second place team in both the U600 and Unrated sections. Congratulations to Colin for placing first in the U600 section with a perfect score. Join us on October 13 for our first ever PS11 Chess Tournament. Sign up here. There are sections for everyone! 







The Chessmates Make a Move!


Come play and support our chess team, the Chelsea Chessmates on October 13 at PS11. Lots of exciting prizes and sections for everyone. K-1 kids can join in the fun in our unrated section. Quads for top rated players.
Register here.
PS11 Chess Tournament at PS11 Sat Oct 13, 2018 starting at 9:00 am; open to indivduals and teams; cost: $45 til Oct. 8, $55 after Oct 8


Come Join the Chelsea Chessmates!

PS11 chess club and team tuesdays: Sept 18th - Feb 12th directly after school til 5:00PM. Register at

Last ICN Championship Results

Big wins for the Chessmates this past Sunday at the ICN Open. The team took home third place in the U1200 section and second place in the Championship section. In individual results, Joshua won the Championship section, while Hilda topped the U1200 section. Keep up the chess tempo over summer at the ICN camps! 



 ICN Chess Championship winner




NEST Championship and Summer Camps 

The Chessmates placed second in the Reserve section and Third in the Open section. Indira was first in Reserve with a perfect score. Michael placed 6th in the Open section. Don’t forget to sign up for the last ICN tournament of the season on June 10.

Summer camps are filling up fast, check out a special week with GM Sam Shankland.


Chess Nationals Report

With just seven players representing the Chessmates at the Nashville Nationals and only one incomplete team, it looked unlikely that we would bring home any wins. But with a fighting spirit and against all odds, our K-3 Championship section represented by Joshua, Avaan and Indira brought home the 15the place team trophy. Rounded off by Michael, Damien, Sabella (placing in the the U700 section) and first time National novice Marlowe, the Chessmates displayed an incredible weekend of chess and team spirit.

PS11 Shines at ICN Open

A big team effort this Sunday at the ICN Open. We were co-champions in the U800 section and placed third in the U300 and U1200 sections. Roger topped the U1200 section while Patrick had a perfect score in the U300. Wishing our National players lots of luck in Nashville this weekend. 



Join the Chess Team Invitational on May 6!

This Sunday, May 6th will be our May Team Invitational and an important final prep opportunity for all of our players representing PS 11 at the Elementary Nationals the following week in Nashville. There will be skill appropriate sections for our 1st time players all the way up to our national competitors.

* We will have a PS 11 team room onsite with coach Aaron leading the way.

If you are already a USCF rating member you may register at the below link.

If you have yet to compete in a rated event you will need to register for the USCF

We hope to see many of you on Sunday!

Register Here

Discount Code: impactcoachingnetwork


Register for Spring Semester of the Chelsea Chessmates now!

Winter / Spring Semester:
Our next semester will begin Tuesday, February 27th and include the following dates:
  • February 27th
  • March 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th
  • April 10th, 17th, 24th
  • May 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th
  • June 5th, 12th, 19th
Upcoming Chess Schedule:
  • February 4th - Monthly Team (Tournament) Invitational - Register Here
  • February 19th - 23rd - Winter Break Chess Camp - Register Here
  • March 3rd - 2018 All Girls NYC Chess Championships - All PS 11 girls will be registered
  • March 4th - PS 116 Chess Tournament - Register Here
  • March 10th/11th - State Championships (Saratoga, NY) - RSVP Here
Additional Resources:
Chess Club & Team Stats: 
PS 11 Trophy Case:
We have complied all of our teams results for City, State & National competitions. 
PS 11 Hall of Fame:
Each member of our PS 11 chess team who reaches 1000 + USCF get's inducted into the PS 11 Hall of Fame! We have had 24 players inducted since 2013. 

PS 11 Hall of Fame
Chessmates Girls Score Big Wins

One weekend away from the All Girls Chess Nationals, the PS11 Girls proved they are a force to reckon with, by placing second in the K-3 Championship section and second in the K-3 U600 section at the All Girls State Tournament at NEST+m. Individual trophies to Alexandra who was fourth in the U600, Indira was seventh and Hilda was ninth in the Championship section. Wishing the girls good luck at the Nationals in Chicago!

PS11 Brings Home Multiple Wins At State Championship

We sent our largest contigent of players to the The 51st Annual NY State Championship in Saratoga, and it was a memorable weekend with lots of wins, amazing team spirit and championship chess. The 26 players, many of them playing their first State Tournament displayed incredible grit and perseverance playing 6 hard fought rounds over two days. Our K-5 (U800) team placed third, our littlest chess ninjas, the K-1 Championship team came fifth, and our Primary Championship team battled fiercely for sixth place. Our chess family, stronger than ever now prepares for the All Girls Nationals in Chicago and the Scholastic Nationals in Nashville. 












Our Chess Girls Are City Champions!

PS 11 hosted the All Girls CIS chess event on March 3, and our team FIRST place in both the Primary and Elementary sections. We are city champions! A huge congratulations for sisters Hilda and Hilmay who both won first place posting perfect scores. See the results here. Next up the Chelsea Chessmates head to Saratoga this weekend for the big New York State Championship. Go Team!  


First place: Avaan, Sherry, AshThis Is How We Do It!
More than 25 teammates showed up for the ICN Open and we won top spots in almost every section. Ash led the U800 section in first place, with Julian coming in third. Sherry crushed the competition placing first in the U300 section, and Avaan topped by winning the higher Quad section. The Chessmates took home the first place team trophy in the U800 section. Our players are all working hard to bring big results at the New York State Championships coming up in March. 









Go Team!

Individual trophy winners 


Yes We Can: PS 11 Girls Bring It at the Lower Lab All Girls Quads)



Tiny Champs Shine This Weekend!



Chess Update











Joshua placed fourth in the competitive Future Masters section at Avenues this weekend. The Chessmates are counting down to the State Championships in Saratoga in March.  Please visit our chess page for more on our chess team.  


MLK Day Chess Wins

The home team brought home big wins at the 2018 MLK CIS tournament. PS11 placed fourth in the U1000  section and fifth in the U 600 section. A huge congratulations to Michael who placed second in the U1500 section with a perfect score. Sisters Hilda and Hilmay both won medals. A fantastic effort by our team in the face of stiff competition. Go Chessmates!


PS 11 Chessmates Win Big at City Championship!


Over 1500 kids turned up to play at the Greater New York Scholastic Chess Championship this weekend and we had our largest contingent for this prestigious event with 36 Chessmates playing solid chess over two days, some in multiple sections! In individual trophy wins, Avaan placed 9th in the Primary Championship section, Brody was 15th in the U700 section, and Michael was 15th in the U1500 section. In team results, we placed 6th in the Primary Championship section, 5th in the  Elementary U700 and Elementary U1500 sections, 8th in the K-1 U400 section and  9th in the primary U1000 section. It was fantastic to see many new faces mingling with our veteran players. Next we host the MLK Day tournament at our school. Come play some chess! 


U1500 team trophy





We Are National Champions!

We competed against the best in the country at the grade nationals in Orlando, and our Chelsea Chessmates are National top ten champions. So proud of our team for surviving 7 rounds of tough competition over three days, for fighting against all odds and for displaying amazing team spirit by supporting each other through losses and wins.  Our third grade team placed 9th in the country (Joshua, Viggo, Jack, Sabella and Amaira) and our second grade team was 8th nationally. (Avaan, Christoffer and Indira). We now prepare for the New York city Championship on January 6.

 Chelsea Chessmates Crush the Competition

The ICN Open on December 3, was an important chess event, the last one before the nationals, and our team turned up to take down the competition! We placed first in the U400 and the U1500 sections and second in the U1000 section. We had veteran players and beginners compete with equal passion for PS11. A huge congratulations to Damien, Viggo and Joshua for getting perfect scores in the U400, U1000 and U1500 sections. Next stop Orlando Grade Nationals.. wishing our team all the best.


Veterans Day Chess at PS11

An amazing day for our Chelsea Chess mates as they we hosted the Veterans Day Tournament at our school. We placed third in the K-12 U1500 section and fourth in the K-5 U600 section of a very competitive tournament. Indira placed third in the U600 section, with a perfect score. Thank you to all those who donated candy to support the team, we sold almost all of it! Wishing the team luck as we host another CIS tournament on November 18Indira with a perfect score


Chessmates Rock the ICN Open!

The Chessmates came out in strong numbers to represent our school team at the ICN open on Sunday. We won first place in the U300 section and second place in the open section. Meera came first in the U300,  Joshua placed second in the Open section, Michael fourth in the Open section and Milo fourth in U300. A fantastic effort by the team! Next we play host at the Veterans Day tournament.


Girl Champ

Mia placed second in the first grade section at the Spence all girls chess tournament. Go Chessmates!





First Home Game Results

It was a packed tournament on Columbus Day at PS11 with more than 800 kids registered! Competition was fierce but our team managed to place 5th in the U1000, 6th in the Unrated, 8th in the U1500 and 10th in the U600 sections.
Great performance by Victor who won all his games and came second in the unrated section. Viggo was 9th and Hilmay was 10th in the U1000 section.
Go Chelsea Chessmates!






Chessmates Shine at ICN Open

The Chelsea Chessmates showed up in full force for their first team tournament of the year and came home with big wins. Our team placed third in the U600 and U1200 sections and first in the Open section. Jack, Joshua and Avaan all had perfect scores. Join our next big tournament hosted at PS 11 on Columbus Day!

Big Winners: Our proud teamPerfect smiles, Perfect Scores: Jack, Joshua and Avaan




Checkmate Your Way Through Summer!

Chelsea Checkmates, keep up your chess practice and improve your game this summer with your favorite coaches. Camps will be held at Chelsea Prep School (281, 9th Avenue), near our school. Come for a day, a week or all summer (Camp runs all July and August). Besides preparing our PS 11 players and team for local, City, State & National Competitions, there will be inter school competitions, small group work, rated game play, pointed lectures and much more. Ideal for the beginner and advanced player alike.
* Lunch & snacks included.
* Additional sports, arts, water play, and social play will be included throughout each day.




Mayor's Cup second place winners.

The Chelsea Chessmates end the year with a bang at the annual ICN championship..

Finishing with a Bang!

At the Mayor's Cup held at PS11 on Saturday, the Chelsea Chessmates finished the season on a strong note taking silver and coming in second place in the city.  Go team! For some of our amazing fifth graders this will be the last time they play as a Chelsea Chessmate and they will be dearly missed. Coming up in two weeks are the Supernationals!




Graduating soon! Goodbye Amy, Audrey, Anya, Ian, Bix and Kolya... the team will miss you
 Celebration cupcakesOur pillars the coachesMayor's cup team with some supporting siblings!

Farewell team cupcakes!  Viggo winning 7 place at PS41 on Saturday, in Reserve U1100




Chelsea Chessmates: CIS Tournament in Brooklyn

This weekend the Chelsea Chessmates played at the CIS tournament in Brooklyn on Saturday and the Avenues tournament on Sunday. Joshua and Kevin each scored 3 out of four in the CIS tournament. At Avenues Jack came in at 7th place with 3 points. Next the team plays home turf as we host the Mayors Cup this Saturday at PS11. For more information, check out our page. 






It is with great pride that we congratulate our PS 11 girls on claiming the U 12 National Championship Runner-up this past weekend in Chicago. This is the highest National title we have attained as a team with only three kids able to make it because of bad weather. We did better than schools with much higher rated players. Yes Chelsea Chessmates our Girls Team is the second best in the whole country!  A fantastic job by fifth graders Audrey, Anya and Amy. These girls are a true inspiration for all our other upcoming players who will carry on their legacy. A huge thank you to Mr Fier, Coach Russ, Coach Aaron, Coach Angel and the ICN team for building this amazing Chess team! 











ICN Team Invitational

The Chelsea Chessmates brought on their team spirit this weekend to play the ICN Team Invitational organized by our fabulous coaches. We placed 6th in the U600, 3rd in the U1200, and 1st in the Open section. Individual trophy winners, Hilda came first with a perfect score in the U1200, Nathaniel also with a perfect score was first in the Open and Avaan came third in the Open section. Next week our girls head to the All Girls National Championship... Good luck Chelsea Chessmates!

At the PS41 Tournament this weekend

Kolya came in 6th Place in the Championship section (tied for 3rd).  Viggo came in 7th in the Primary under 800 section.  Our girls also had a blast at the Lower Lab All Girls Quads this weekend. The Chelsea Chessmates make us proud!



PS11 we might need a new chess trophy case! We sent 24 kids to the New York Scholastic State Championship, to participate in six competitive sections and we brought home team and individual trophies in every section. Rock on Chelsea Chessmates!

  • Elementary Intermediate: 2nd Place Team (Kevin, Michael, Anya, Roger, Ian)
  • Primary Championship: 5th Place Team (Nathaniel, Joshua, Zachary, Jack,  Aditya)
  • Primary Reserve: 5th Place Team (Sabella, Julian, Maddie, Indira)
  • Elementary Championship: 7th Place Team ( Amy, Audrey, Kolya Bix)
  • K-1 Championship: 7th Place Team (Avaan, Christoffer)
  • Elementary Reserve:13th Place Team (Hilmay, Hilda, Viggo, Milo)

  • Christoffer: 5th Place K-1 Championship, Nathaniel 8th Place Primary Championship, Sabella 6th Place Primary Reserve, Michael Elementary Reserve 9th Place
  • Special Trophy: Amy : Elementary Cham













Chelsea Chessmates: Nest+m Tournament Results

Avaan placed first with a perfect score in the Classic section at the NEST+m Tournament. Amaira took home 8th place in the 2017 CIS All Girls Challenge. Next weekend the Chelsea Chessmates hit the New York State Championship. Go team!









Girls Just Want to Play Chess: New York State All Girls Chess Tournament

What an amazing turnout and performance by the Chelsea Chessmates girls this weekend at the first ever New York State All Girls Chess Tournament. Our U600 girls team placed 7th with everyone doing their bit to add to the team tally. Individual winners were Amy Sun placing second in the K-6 Championship section, Sabella sixth in the U600 and Indira highest unrated player in the U600.


It was inspiring to see our team support their peers with high fives and words of encouragement. The PS11 K&G spirit was shining bright this weekend!



















ICN February Open

Nathaniel won second place at the ICN February Open

Scholastic Greater New York City Championships February 4, 2017

What an exciting weekend for our Chelsea Chessmates at the Scholastic Greater New York City Championships. We are top 5 City Champions in two sections. Our littlest chess warriors placed 5th in the K-1 Championship section. Our team also took 5th place in the Primary U1000 section.

Individual trophy winners in K-1 Championship Avaan was 5th and Christoffer came in 6th. In the Primary U1000 section Jack came in 10th. Other trophy winners were Zachary, Anya and Roger. The Chelsea Chessmates had such a fantastic weekend competing hard and keeping up their team  spirit. Every player was a winner this weekend. Go Team.













Avenues Tournament Jan 28, 2017 

Some of our players brought home trophies at the Avenues tournament this weekend. Avaan was first with a perfect score in his section, Nathaniel placed 9th in a very competitive section and Indira placed second in the unrated section. The Chelsea Chessmates are geared up for the City Championship next weekend!



MLK Day Tournament

Ps 11 hosted the 2017 CIS MLK Jr. Day Chess Tournament on  Monday, January 16. Our home team won third place in the novice section. Nikhil had a perfect score and came third. Go Chelsea Chessmates! You make us proud.

Another great chess weekend -- December 18, 2016

Three amazing days of Chess for our First, Second and Fifth Grade teams and we are National Champs in every section! Our first grade team placed sixth, second grade team also grabbed the sixth spot and our veteran fifth graders placed ninth. In individual standings Avaan was tied for sixth place  (9th place trophy after tie breaks)  in the First Grade overall section, Christopher took first in the under 1000 and Nathaniel tied for fifth place (13th place trophy after tie breaks) in second grade. We could not be prouder of our PS11 team. Go Chelsea Chessmates

December Chess Tournament Success!

It was a fantastic weekend of chess for the PS11 team.
At the Saturday CIS tournament, Brody tied for first in the Rookie section winning all 4 games and Zachary tied for first place with 3.5 games in the Novice section. Both received 2nd place trophies based on the chess tiebreaks system.

> At the Sunday ICN invitational our players brought home 3rd place Team trophies in both U 600 & U1200. Hilda placed 2nd in the U600 and Anna was fifth in the U1200

ICN team third place

Winners Brody and Zachary

Hilda second place winner

Anna fifth place winner


Chelsea Chessmates Bring it Home!

PS11 hosted the CIS Heisman Chess Challenge and our very own Chelsea Chessmates placed first in the K-5 U1000 section, second in the unrated section and fourth in the K-12 U1500 section. Joshua won second place in the Novice section. Overall it was a fantastic day with our players placing in the top ten in every section we participated in.  Go PS 11, Go Chelsea Chessmates!!! The next tournament will be hosted at PS11 on Veterans Day for rated players only.



Coach Fier and second place winner JoshuaNovice U1000 first place winners with Coach Angel
Unrated second place winners






At our Columbus Day 2016 Tournament we placed first in the U1000 and U600 categories. Avaan and Hilmay both had perfect scores in their sections.

See below for pictures..  

Dear PS 11 Chess Families, 

We could not be prouder of our PS 11 Team's effort at yesterday's Columbus Day Tournament!

At our Home School, with over 700 players representing schools City-wide, our Chelsea ChessMates stood above the rest with one of our strongest showings in the programs history!  

A Special Thanks to everyone who made yesterday's success possible including Mr. Fier, our parent volunteers, and Coach Aaron/PS 11 Coaches! 

Our players competed hard the entire day including our newest team members to our seasoned team veterans/leaders! 

Most important of all, our Chelsea ChessMates Team spirit shone through the entire day, giving us an extra special advantage and driving us forward to a huge Team success! 

Team Results:

1st Place: K - 5 U 1000

1st Place (Tie): K - 5 U 600

3rd Place: K - 12 U 1500

4th Place: K - 5 Unrated! 

Perfect Scores: 

Avaan (K - 5 U 1000)

Hilmay (K - 5 U 600) 

A Job Well Done!!!! 


Your Proud PS 11 Coaches!

Russell Makofsky, Program Director





 Click here for results by individual


2015-2016 Season

Our under 400 k/1 team won the city championship this weekend! Avaan and Joshua also won trophies ....

Third overall in the city Christopher won all his five games

The PS11 Chess team got second place in the 2015 CIS Norman Binger Chess Challenge (Unrated Tournament).

Two players were in the top ten: Avaan (fourth overall), Joshua (8th overall).



PS11 Chess Program

The chess program at PS11 is multi-faceted. First, second and third graders receive in-class chess instruction as part of the enrichment program at PS11. In addition, all students at PS11 are given free accounts to the ChessKid app, which provides students with the opportunity to solve chess puzzles and allows chess instructors to potentially identify students who should consider joining the school’s chess team. For beginning chess players, the afterschool program offers an excellent opportunity to learn how to play the game and encourages students who show interest to move to the next level of play. Finally, Mr. Fier helps to organize and facilitate the Chelsea ChessMates team practice which is held from 3-5pm on Tuesdays, where students are grouped according to their level of play and have dedicated coaches to help students improve their game while having fun.  Chess Team practice provides small group instruction. For more information, see

If you have any questions about the school’s chess program, please contact our PS11 Lead Coach Aaron Parness ( or Russ Makofsky, the Program Director ( Tryouts for the chess team are held at the beginning of the fall and spring semesters in September and January, but if you are interested in trying out for the team during the school year, please email Mr. Fier at to arrange a time. 


Chess in the Schools’ Tournament Program offers players from kindergarten through high school the opportunity to play in free tournaments throughout the city, each of which draws between 400 and 800 players. PS11 hosts several CIS tournaments throughout the school year, which provide an excellent opportunity for our chess team to practice what they learn during weekly team practice and showcase their progression in a familiar setting. Mr. Fier works with CIS to help ensure that the tournaments are run efficiently and smoothly, and our PS11 chess coaches are on hand to provide encouragement and guidance during the tournament. While all this is going on, our chess parents coordinate the fundraising effort at these tournaments to help raise funds for various chess expenses, including registration fees and coaching expenses at city/state/national championship tournaments. For more information, check out

For more information, contact Mr Fier: