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Chess has long been an important part of the PS/MS 282 community, and our Royal Panthers chess team competes in major tournaments every year. We understand that this fantastic game provides great enjoyment, and a sense of accomplishment, for our students – as well as the opportunity to develop important skills such as planning, perseverance, and concentration. Chess teaches the ability to think ahead, devise creative solutions, solve problems, and to face tough challenges and adversity.

There are three components to the chess program at 282: In-school instruction, the Chess after-school program, and the 282 Royal Panthers Chess Team. The 282 chess coach – Juan Tica – teaches, instructs and leads our students in these three phases.

IN-SCHOOL INSTRUCTION: Pre-K – fifth grade PS/MS 282 students receive in-school chess instruction.

ROYAL PANTHERS CHESS TEAM: The Royal Panthers have a very proud history of success. The team hosts home tournaments throughout the year at 282, and competes in the NYC, NY State, and National Chess Championship tournaments. In both 2012-13 and 2015-16, the Royal Panthers were National Champions in the K-5 U900 section.

The team is open to any student at PS/MS 282, as all kids at the school receive in-class chess instruction. Tryouts for the team are held in early September. For information on how to join the Chess Team, please contact Coach Tica at JPTF1981@hotmail.com or Parent Coordinator Chris Van de Kieft at cmvandekieft@gmail.com.

AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAM: Students are invited to participate in the chess after-school program administered by Royal Panters chess coach Juan Tica. The program is offered on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Students may sign up for one, two, or three days of chess. Classes will be held in the 282 Teachers’ Lounge.

The year is divided into trimesters for billing purposes. These trimesters are:

Fall: Sept.12, 2017 to Dec 22, 2017 Winter: Jan. 2, 2018 to Mar. 30, 2018

Spring: Apr. 3, 2018 to June 22, 2018
On days when the school is closed, there is no afterschool chess.

Trimester Prices:

3 days/week (3 months): $675 2 days/week (3 months): $555 1 day/week (3 months): $375

For Registration

Please fill out the attached form and return to Coach Tica at jptf1981@hotmail.com


Via Paypal:

1-Go to your PayPal account and enter Coach Tica’s account – jptf1981@hotmail.com 2-Make payment.

By check:

1-Give Coach Tica a check for the trimester during the first week of chess. Payments are due by the end of the first week of instruction.

Schedule: Chess after-school runs from 2:40PM – 5:45PM.
Please email Coach Tica jptf1981@hotmail.com with any questions.