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.


Recent Tournament Results

US Chess Federation’s National Elementary Championship
May 9 - 12, 2019
Nashville, TN 
Congratulations to our chess team for winning SEVEN National team trophies on behalf of PS 166:
  • K5 Championship - 4th Place Team
  • K6 U1400 - 7th Place Team
  • K5 U900 - 1st Place Team
  • K3 U700 - 2nd Place Team
  • K1 U500/Unrated - 2nd Place Team
  • K6 Blitz - 5th Place Team
  • K3 Blitz - 3rd Place Team

Many thanks to Coaches Corbblah, Marquez, Miguel, and Cameron for their support throughout the tournament. Full results can be viewed at and the USCF rating report can be viewed at


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