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 others.

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 For questions about chess education, classes, and programming, click here or email Jeremy Scheinbach at

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.