Tuesday, September 29, 2015


Our bus is barreling through Pennsylvania full of tired but proud chess players, parents, and teachers. The kids' performance this year has set a new bar for our future National's teams.

Our Open players finished 4th in the Nation in the Championship Section. This section is the highest in the tournament and is the true measure of strength for scholastic chess. Last year we finished 13th. Our intermediate team finished an unofficial 1st Place in the K-6 U1000 section. Officially we were given the 2nd place trophy due to an error in the tournament score keeping and inadequate time to resolve the issue. No worries, it will be relatively easy to sand off that annoying 2.

Last, but not least, we had a small but tenacious 2nd grade team (Genesis, Leo, Elias, and Luigi) that managed to win a trophy by placing 14th in the K-3 U800 section. On top of our many wins I'd like to highlight our kids' focus and sportsmanship. They were courteous, supportive, and every 503 player took their long games very seriously. Many put in 3-4 hours for each game, sometimes finishing late into the evening.

I would personally like to thank staff members Yesen, Steven, Sara, Laura, Michelle, and Jade for the generous gift of time, patience, precision that this trip required to be a success. And to our parents, Silvio, Sheldon, Nelson, Mauro, and Erika for taking off work to work around the clock in benefit to our chess family.

Thanks to Chess-in-the Schools, Chess Master Tyrell Harriott, and Shaun Smith for providing financial support, coaching, and the invaluable free CIS Saturday tournaments. We couldn't do any of this without you. Lastly, thanks to the fb friends and family who donated to and shared our numerous post this year.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

PS 503 wins the 2015 Mayor's Cup: Best in the City!

Yesterday our team won the 2015 Mayor's Cup Chess Championship: Best in the City! Congratulations to top Jonathan Mendez, Jomin Zhang, Jack Guitarerro, and Jeremy Zheng who finished in the top four.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Another Great Tournament!

The Sunset Knights swept the Open Section at today's Chess in the School's tournament at PS 503 in Brooklyn. The kids won 1st Place team and top player Jomin Zhang won 1st Place as an individual!

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Big Wins in the Bronx!

The Sunset Knights won 1st Place Team in the Open Section at the CIS tournament at PS 390x in the South Bronx. Congratulations our individual 1st Place winners to Jomin Zhang (Open), Giovanni Cortez (Novice). Devyn Jimenez (JH Novice), and Eddy Mendez (NRB).

These photos show two of our team's rising stars: Angela Chen(1st Grade) and Elias Mendez (2nd Grade) Both won medals at yesterday's event. Here is a snappy, sacrificial game by 4th Grader Zheng Zhou. Zheng lures his opponent in a tricky Max Lange Attack, pulls the king toward the center, and hunts him until checkmate!

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Say WHAT?!

Amazingly, the Sunset Knights won in EVERY rated section this Saturday at PS 150 Queens. We won 1st Place Rookie Section, 1st Place Novice Section, 2nd Place Reserve Section, and, for the first time ever, 1st PLACE OPEN SECTION! Special congratulations to trophy winners Tia Zheng and Jalen Corley who's perfect scores led the Rookie team. Also notable was Jeremy Zheng's upset in the Open Section by beating two players rated over 1700. Here is Kevin Li's tasty win against Harlem Success Academy.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

South Bronx, South South Bronx!

Many big wins at this weekend's tournament at IS 390 in the Bronx! Luis Hernandez, a smaller version of 5th grader Miguel Hernandez, won all of his games and tied for 1st place in the NRB section. Joshua Valle (Rookie) and Kevin Li (Novice) both won 1st Place on their section. Joey Zhang trailed Joshua winning 2nd Place Rookie section.
As a team we tied for 1st in Rookie and won 1st outright in Novice. Last, but definitely not least, our strongest team won 2nd Place in the Open Section just behind chess juggernauts IS 318. These players have been on the team since 1st or 2nd Grade and its amazing to see their growth and to see them compete on such a high level.