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New BSI chess shirts are finally here! Buy a shirt to show your support for our chess enthusiasts or to wear at the tournaments and show your school pride.

We have many new faces this year so  would like to get you familiar with the chess program at the school. The chess community at BSI is well established and is an advocate for promoting chess in youth. BSI students have excelled at tournaments across NYC and the country. The school also hosts tournaments annually. The school has a Chess Instructor; the program is primarily funded by the PTO and assisted by many volunteers.

There are several ways one can participate in chess at BSI:

  • Instructional chess in K through 5 grades;
  • Lunch clubs for 6 through 8 grades;
  • BSI Chess Team: representation of the school in local tournaments and National Championships.  

Chess team is about school spirit, developing friendships with other students and creating a chess community for our school.  Participation in tournaments is open to everyone, regardless of the level and grade. It is a great way to connect with BSI students and parents as well as expose your child to chess.  If you would like to join BSI chess team please contact Coach Vlad Bugayev at

Most tournaments are held weekly on Saturdays and Sundays at various schools in NYC, typically consist of 4 rounds and last for about 5-6 hours with breaks in total.

There are several upcoming big national tournaments – require travel and extra planning:
— The National Scholastic K-12 Championship, Orlando, Florida, December 13-15, 2018
— Greater NY Scholastic Chess Championship, Brooklyn, NYC (aka Kasparov’s chess tournament),  January 5-6, 2019
— New York State Scholastic Championships, Saratoga Springs, NY, March 9-10, 2019

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