PS166 continues its strong tradition by offering a rewarding learning experience for its children through the game of chess. Chess promotes intellectual and social development, and teaches children to focus, analyze logically, create plans, and weigh the consequences of their actions. The PS166 chess program creates an environment that fosters friendship, respect and sportsmanship while celebrating team and individual accomplishments.
The Chess Tradition at PS 166
The chess program at PS 166 is a crown jewel at our school. Chess was first introduced into our school curriculum in 1999. Within a year, the handful of students who were in the afterschool chess class were dubbed the “Manhattan Knights” and given the iconic parent-designed logo of the New York skyline. By 2003, the Manhattan Knights had its first New York State champion, and the popularity of chess exploded at our school. In no time, the club began winning national, state and local scholastic titles.
Now in its 19th year, the Manhattan Knights boast consistent top honors in all levels of tournament play. Throughout the school year, its players participate and win awards at local scholastic tournaments in the New York City region, including the annual Greater New York Scholastic Chess Championship. Each spring, many of our players display courage and perseverance during four marathon tournament days at the US Federation’s National Elementary School Chess Championships that takes place in Nashville, TN.
The chess program has also produced several players who have been recognized on the Top 100 list of scholastic chess players during their tenure as Manhattan Knights. With an ever-growing club, we continue to strive as a standard of excellence and to build a legacy that makes us one of the premier school chess programs in the United States.