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SA Chess Scholars Take New York!

March 13, 2023 Success Academy

Success Academy scholars turned out in full force at the New York State Scholastic Chess Championships this weekend! The Championship brought together some of the most competitive players in the state, who descended upon City Center in Saratoga Springs to test each other’s best moves. SA scholars competed in more than a dozen sections! We are... Read more

Infinite Possibilities: A Chess Teacher’s Passion

October 15, 2020 Success Academy

Chess has been an integral part of SA’s curriculum from day one, both as a regular part of the K-4 day and as an after-school option. SA chess teacher Christopher Johnson reflects on why the game — along with the lessons it can instill in young people — is such a source of joy. Read more

SA’s Remote Chess Champions

June 18, 2020 Success Academy

The SA Chess program held our annual end-of-the-year tournament and for the first time in SA history, the tournament was virtual. Read more

Storied Player and Coach Jerald Times Is SA’s New Director of Chess — and He Has Big Plans for the Program!

March 15, 2019 Success Academy

Rooms buzzing with energy; blue and orange backs hunched over chessboards; the murmur and occasional shout of unsolicited advice; cheering and a little good-humored trash talk from scholars looking on as their peers scrimmage between tournament games; coaches doling out words of encouragement, guidance — and occasional remonstrance; and child after child heading off to... Read more

What’s So Great About Middle School, Anyway?

January 24, 2019 Success Academy

We asked eighth graders from across our middle schools to tell us about what they loved in middle school. Not surprisingly, many recounted how much they loved their electives and team experiences. We’re excited to share with you the reflections of three eighth graders, from Success Academy Harlem North Central, SA Harlem West, and SA... Read more

Chess Scholars Do It Again! Outstanding Results at the 2019 Greater NY Chess Championship!

January 11, 2019 Success Academy

The Greater NY Scholastic Chess Championships, held each year in downtown Brooklyn, is one of the most competitive scholastic chess tournaments in the country. Our scholars did amazingly well as teams and individuals, with five individual wins in the top three, and seven team wins in the top three! Read more

Congratulations Chess Champions: Trophies Galore at the 2018 K-12 Grade Nationals!

December 19, 2018 Success Academy

A select group of Success Academy scholars headed south this past weekend to compete in the 2018 National K-12 Grade Chess Championships. This event, held in Orlando, Florida, is set apart from other national tournaments in that scholars compete in teams and divisions based on their grade in school rather than on their chess ranking. Scholars from SA Upper West (3rd grade), SA Union Square (4th grade), SA Hudson Yards (5th, 6th, 7th grades), SA Bed Stuy 1 Middle School (8th grade), and the SA High School of the Liberal Arts (11th grade) gave it their all during seven intense games, and they returned laden with trophies! Read more

Scholars Return Victorious from the Super Bowl of Chess

May 17, 2018 Success Academy

One hundred and six students from 14 Success Academy schools traveled to Nashville this past weekend, joining thousands of players from across the country to duke it out in what is considered the Super Bowl of scholastic chess: the National Elementary School Championships. Read more

At the All-Girls National Championships, the Chess Queens of Success Academy Triumph

April 27, 2018 Success Academy

At the 15th Annual All-Girls National Chess Championships, Success Academy scholars knocked it out of the park! Twenty-seven scholars from seven schools travelled to Chicago to compete this past weekend, and they dominated the tournament. Read more

Seven Rounds of Strategy and Stamina: Success Academy Scholars Compete in National Junior High Chess Championships

April 16, 2018 Success Academy

Sixteen Success Academy scholars took on some of the nation’s toughest chess competition at the Junior High Championships in Atlanta, Georgia, earlier this month. They tested their skills and stayed focused over seven rounds. Sean O’Hanlon, SA senior manager of chess, noted that our scholars demonstrated high levels of effort and fortitude — even under... Read more