Members of the Yalow Tigers chess team began playing chess in kindergarten and 1st grade and are currently competing to play in the NYS Scholastic Chess Championships on March 9-10, 2018, in Saratoga, NY.
Including registrations, bus transportation, hotel rooms, and meals for these 29 students (and one parent each), the cost for the state championships will be approximately $15,000. To date our parents have raised $1,400, and the Wallace Foundation has donated $3,000. We need an additional $10,000 to reach our goal. Please consider supporting our worthy students by making a tax-deductible donation now.
As their individual ratings have risen, Yalow’s Tigers are now competing in three sections, thus pushing them into ever more competitive play and pitting them against significantly older players.
In the fall 2017 local tournaments, the boys and girls, competing as one team in the Right Moves tournaments, took 1st place in the Under-400 rated section three times, 3rd place in the Under-600 twice, and 3rd place in the Unrated section twice.
In the Chess in the Schools Bronx Chess Day tournament in October 2017 (with 700+ competitors in various sections), the Tigers took 5th place in the Unrated Kindergarten thru 5th-grade section out of 10, and 8th place in the Rated Kindergarten thru 5th-grade Under-600 section out of 14.
These results are extraordinary, considering that Community School District 9, in the South Bronx, is academically one of the most underperforming in the country. Year-to-year progress is clear.