Lower Lab students at the New York State championships – We did it again!

We had 34 Lower Lab students at the New York State championship, which is a record for us! First-grader Aliana Fausto won five out of six matches and tied for first place in her whole section.  David Menzer came in 6th in the section.  The K-1 Championship team tied for First place in the state, but ultimately earned a 2nd place trophy on tiebreaks.
K-1 Under 400 came in 4th in the state.
Our 2nd and 3rd graders in Primary Championship won Third Place in the state. Royal Buchanan came in 10th in the state.
In Elementary Reserve, Elly Park came in 19th in the state. The team came in 4th in the state.
Elementary Intermediate placed 11th in the state.
In Elementary Championship, our fourth graders placed 5th in the state.

Congratulations Lower Lab

Keep Up the Great Work!



Lower Lab is hosting a chess tournament at PS 183!  If you have never attended a tournament before, this is a GREAT chance to attend your first one and also benefit Lower Lab!  Chess merchandise and lunch/snacks will also be available.
Date: November 6, 2016 (Marathon Sunday, so allow time to cross First Avenue)

PLEASE NOTE THE LOCATION: PS 183 – 419 East 66 th Street, NY, NY 10065

Sections: Head Start Jr. Unrated Pre K-K

Head Start Jr. Unrated grades 1-3

Future Champs 0-600 USCF

Junior Champs 600-1000 USCF

Kings & Queens 1000-1400 USCF

Championship 1400+ USCF

Free Team Rooms and 1600+ USCF Play Free (coupon code 1600+)

Register online at https://www.chessnyc.com/tournaments/open-invitational-events.html

Email questions to lowerlabchess@gmail.com

Your participation will directly support the Lower Lab Chess Club.


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Congratulations to the Lower Lab Chess Team for achieving some fantastic honors at the

in Saratoga Springs, March 12-13, 2016‎.

We congratulate the K-1 Championship team comprised of first graders Royal Buchanan, Morgan Mairaj, Rylan Marinis, Sobel Gaudissard, Noah Gillston, Benjamin Kwon, and Davin Friedman for coming in first place!

Congratulations to the Primary Reserve team for winning the State Competition!  Third graders Ellyssan Park and Arden Barnwell, second graders Jonah Lehman and Max Kirschner, and first graders Arjun Vora, Max Braun, and Sarah Weinick took this strong team to victory in the final match!

Congratulations to the Elementary Intermediate team, who placed fifth in New York State!  Third graders Triton Oh, Otto Braun, and Pearce Marinis and second grader Ezra Van Boxtel made a great team!

Lower Lab’s ‎Elementary Reserve team placed sixth in the state. Congratulations to ‎second graders Eli Lindenbaum, Cameron Erde, third grader Nishtha Roy, and fourth graders Sam Weinick and Max Bieber for a great team performance!

We are extremely proud of third-grader Ian Buchanan‎ for his performance in the very competitive Primary Championship section, as well as fifth-grader Momoca Mairaj for her strong presence in the difficult Elementary Championship section.

Special thanks to ChessNYC for coaching the team and providing support, guidance, and encouragement throughout the season.  Our after-school chess program has provided excellent preparation for these tournaments.

Please wish the chess team good luck at the All-Girls National Championships in Chicago on April 22-24th and Nationals in Nashville, TN May 6-8th.

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National & City Tournament Results!

The past two months have been a busy and successful time for the the chess club with

Grade Nationals in Orlando on December 4th-6th, and City Championships in Brooklyn

January 9th & 10th.

As usual, our students represented their school well and had some pretty incredible

individual and team accomplishments. The trophy case is running out of room!

K-12 Grade Nationals (Orlando, Dec 4th-6th)

After an outstanding performance in Orlando, our team continues to fill the trophy case.

Our team of first graders finished first place in the country! Gina and Principal Miller

very graciously awarded our players their trophies in a ceremony after school last Friday

Greater New York Scholastic Chess Championship, Brooklyn

Thirty students journeyed to Brooklyn this past weekend to participate in the city championship. Our results

were outstanding and everyone had a good time.

Twelve chess players from the Lower Lab team represented the school at the National Scholastic Grade K-12 Chess Championship this past weekend in Orlando, Florida. Overall, 1726 players representing 622 teams from 39 states, participated, with teams from each grade competing against others in that grade.  Pitted against a very tough field with top players from around the nation, as well as those from powerhouse programs at other NYC schools, our Kindergarten through Third Grade players held their own and more.

Incredibly, with just four players on their grade team, and in only our second journey to this prestigious tournament, our First Grade team took home first place and a national championship trophy!  Our Kindergarten, Second, and Third Grade teams finished strongly as well, with the Third Graders taking seventh place overall.  These unbelievable results are a testament to the hard work and dedication of the players and their coaches from Chess NYC.

Up next for the team is the NYC Scholastic Championship early next year, followed by the NY State Championship at the end of February, the All-girls National Championship in April, and the National K-6 Team Championship in May.  With strong participation at travel and local tournaments (29 Lower Lab players recently played in a NEST+m contest), this is shaping up to be a banner year for Lower Lab chess.

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The Lower Lab Chess Club is excited about the new school year and would like to extend an invitation to any interested Lower Lab student to join us this year!

Whether your child is just learning to play or is an advanced chess player, everyone is welcome!

Our Chess Team participates in local chess tournaments as well as city, state and national level tournaments. Tournaments are a wonderful learning experience and fun for all – including parents! We attend one local tournament each month as a team and have a team room and on- site coach to review games with the students.

We also have activities for all levels of play including friendly chess matches with other public and private schools in the city. We also participate in many tournaments with a large novice component for those just learning the game.

Our chess team had a very successful year last year. One of the highlights was the Elementary School National Championships, in which one of our teams placed second in the country. Participating for the first time at the National level, against schools that fielded larger teams in the section, was an incredible achievement.

Many participate in Lower Lab’s After School Chess Program (operated by ChessNYC) but it is not required to participate in Lower Lab Chess Club activities.

If you want to learn more about how your child can be part of Lower Lab’s Chess Club, please email us at lowerlabchess@gmail.com.

We had our first tournament of the year at Hunter on September 27th. We had 20 students in six sections! Especially impressive was the number of new Lower Lab chess players who represented our school in the K-1 section. Our next tournament will be at PS6 on October 18th and can be found on our tournament calendar Tournament Calendar 15-16

We are partnering with Hunter to provide “Friendly Chess Matches” where students can play for fun in a no-stress and casual tournament-like setting against kids at the same level of play. It’s also a great opportunity for parents from both schools to hang out! We especially encourage beginners without tournament experience to explore chess in a fun stress-free setting! Our first Friendly Chess Match will be at Hunter on Friday, October 16th. While the event is free, be sure to register early. For more information, visit the Hunter Friendly Chess Match page.

We look forward to a great year!
The Lower Lab Chess Club