Saturday, October 27, 2012

ChessMates Sac Queens! First Place at Today's Tournament!!

The ChessMates won First Place Team at today's Chess-in-the-Schools tournament at 150q in Queens. Samuel Dong and Gabriel Davis tied for First Place with perfect 4-0 scores. Sam was given the First Place trophy for better tie-breaks. Allen Li won 3rd Place with his 3.5 score.

Friday, October 26, 2012


Dear P.S. 503 Family, Neighbors, and Businesses Community, In Sunset Park Brooklyn there is a group of young girls and boys who are dedicated to the game and art of chess. They are the ChessMates team of P.S. 503. We are a dynamic neighborhood elementary school located at the corner of 4th Ave at 59th St. Each week chess team members study, play, lose, win, and play again to learn strategies that improve their problem solving skills, support math and literacy, and raise self esteem.

Last year with the help of parents, a generous team of local businesses, individual donors, and Chess-In-The-Schools we were able to raise $15,000 and send our team to compete in the US National Scholastic Chess Championship. We chartered a bus and traveled from Brooklyn to Nashville, TN. The spirit of our extended team of supporters traveled with us, we played our best, and we returned The National Champions! The hardwork of the students, parents, teachers, and business supporters paid-off. Our goal now is to raise $15,000 to send 20-25 of our chessplayers to the US National Scholastic Chess Championship in Nashville, TN April 5-8th, 2013.

We are rewarding donations of 50 dollars with hand-printed ChessMates tote bags. For a donation of 100 dollars or more you can receive a ChessMates Tote and T-Shirt.

Sincerely, Carlos Graupera, Rachel Hsieh & Matt Silverman P.S. 503 Teachers/ChessMates Coaches Sponsors may also donate directly to the Chess Mates team by visiting the main office at P.S. 503. 330 59 STREET, BROOKLYN, NY 11220. Phone: 718-439-5962 *Checks can be made payable to P.S. 503 School Fund*

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Chinatown Throwdown! ChessMates win First Place!

This weekend's Chess-In-The-Schools Tournament at PS 124 was a stunning success for the Chessmates. First place was achieved in the Reserve and Rookie sections, and second place in the Novice section.

Monday, October 15, 2012

ChessMates Win First in the Bronx!

The ChessMates won first place Rookie Section at this weekend's tournament at MS 390x in the Bronx. Congrats to Gabriel Davis (1st Place Rookie), Alex Zhang (2nd Place Novice), and Ann Zhang (3rd Place Novice).

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Highlights From the Columbus Day Tournament: Xing Chen

Xing's resilient win against an IS 318 player shows why one should never resign. Xing continued fighting after losing the exchange and managed to survive Black's King-side assault. White's King is hunted across the board but time-pressure allows Xing to win a free Rook and Checkmate shortly after.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

ChessMates Win First Place at the CIS Columbus Day Tournament in Harlem

Our team received awards in three sections at this weekend's tournament. Two First Place plaques were awarded the ChessMates in both the Novice and Rookie sections. We also took Second Place in the NRB section. Kudos to Zheng Zou, Edwin Mendez, Vickie Yang, and Allen Li who all finished with perfect 4-0 scores.

Highlights From Columbus Day Tournament in Harlem: Allen Li

Allen played a nice game as Black against a student from PS 166. Allen decided to forgo the gift of white's Queen and start a King Hunt instead. Mate comes four moves after Allen's beautiful bishop sacrifice. Allen led our Novice team with a 4-0 score.