About Us

We are an organization devoted to establishing competitive chess programs in elementary schools throughout the Tri-State area. In order to maintain the highest possible standards, our experienced chess coaches are personally trained by our professional staff. All coaches are instructed to implement an established teaching system,proven effective through years of use. In this way, students enjoy themselves while learning to become mature and well-respected chess players. In 1992, the 'Chess In The Yeshiva' (CITY) program was developed in an effort to promote the royal game amongst Yeshiva students. The success of this program became apparent when the Yeshiva Ramaz Chess Team placed in the top 6 at the 1995 Greater New York Elementary School Chess Championship out of a field of 37 teams! Two years later, the Ramaz Team tied for 1st place in a field of 62 teams! In 2008, the 5th Grade Ramaz Team won the National Championship Title and in 2010, that same team won 2nd place at Nationals behind the famed IS 318 Team which was featured in a full-length movie in 2012. The CITY program is now working in cooperation with the Board of Jewish Education Department of Yeshivot and Day Schools. In December of 2003, the CITY program produced its first individual National Champion when Benjamin Rabinowitz from the Ramaz Lower School, was crowned the United States Kindergarten Champion! In order to introduce tournament chess to the students in a non-threatening environment, regularly scheduled scholastic tournaments (sanctioned by the United States Chess Federation) are held at different schools. These events are divided by grade and strength into seven sections to give players of all levels a chance to be challenged and a chance to win! Ultimately, we would like to see a chess team representing your school on our local Chess Championship circuit as well as the City, State, and National Scholastic Chess Championships.
  Good Luck!
  ~ Mark Kurtzman, USCF Life Master