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Welcome to the CYO Chess Program

The CYO Chess program has been a welcome addition to the CYO. Schools and parishes have welcomed the program and witnessed positive experiences in their communities. Below you will find information on how to start a chess program in your school or parish community. But here are a what people are saying about the chess program.

Meet our Partners:

Chess at Three

The Authority in Early Childhood Chess 


Chess at Three is the only chess program in the world that teaches children as young as three how to play and, more importantly, fall in love with chess. Chess at Three currently teaches over 14,000 children per week in 28 states across the country. We are able to teach children at the astonishing age of two because our approach is so unique. Classes and lessons are based around the patented Chess at Three curriculum, utilizing interactive stories that star a fun cast of characters. Through these stories, children progressively learn to play and develop a love for chess.

Our Certified and Trained Storytellers (tutors) will provide all the materials necessary for your child to participate in the class and no additional purchase is required to attend. We also offer chess tournaments for children in our program to put their new chess knowledge to the test. 

Past and current participating Schools with Chess at 3:

Bronx Schools: Holy Rosary, Our Lady of Grace, St Barnabas, St Clare
Manhattan Schools: Immaculate Conception
Staten Island Schools: Academy of St Dorothy, St Adalbert


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Premier Chess





Premier Chess


US Chess National Master Evan Rabin has assembled a team of the best instructors around, including FIDE Grandmaster Mark Paragua, to form Premier Chess. We teach students of all ages and levels critical thinking and life lessons through the game. Premier Chess offers a unique brand of quality of chess instruction for all levels, beginners to advanced. Our teaching methods ensure that every student receives appropriate instruction based on their individual needs. At premier chess the emphasis is on the sport, fun and growth. Premier Chess has the expertise and resources to help you get a chess program in your school up and running.


Past and current participating Schools with Premier Chess:

Bronx Schools: St Simon Stock, St Nicholas of Tolentine, St Lucy, St Luke, St Anselm, St Brendan
Orange Schools: Sacred Heart
Rockland Schools: St Paul
Westchester Schools: St Eugene, St Peter, Corpus Christi, 
UIster Schools: Kingston Catholic

Why CYO Chess?

  • Chess has been proven to increase critical thinking and analytical skills
  • Chess is the ultimate mental sport - it enhances one's ability to interact with other people and tests sportsmanship in a competitive environment.
  • It shows that hard work is rewarded by success. The more effort one puts into chess, the higher the success rate. Chess shows that one learns from their mistakes. 
  • Chess is a test of patience, nerves, will power and concentration
  • Every match begins with a handshake and ends with a handshake, teaching sportsmanship and respect in victory or defeat. 

How to Start a CYO Chess Program:

Contact Seth Peloso to to confirm you interest. Be prepared to discuss:

  1. The Day(s) of the week you wish to have a program.
  2. Time of Day
  3. Age range of students


  • Any school or parish looking to add new offerings in their community. 
  • Age groups can range from K - 8. It is recommended to try and form groups of children in grades K - 4 and 5 - 8, so the class can be structured for the appropraite ages. 

Fee Structure:

Chess at Three - The cost for 1-hour instructional classes & play will be $10 per student/per session.

Schools often set up between 8 – 12 sessions per school semester.
*a minimum of 13 participants is needed to hold a class.
**CYO will subsidize a portion of the initial cost of the starter chess sets up to 10 sets.

Premier Chess - The cost for 1-hour instructional classes will be a flat fee of $150 per session.

Payment Structure:

Option 1: School will be billed accordingly based on number of sessions and number of students.

Option 2: Schools may collect individual payments made out to CYO and submit prior to the start of the first scheduled session.
See sample registration form provided for your convenience. Feel free to use for your convenience.

All Payments can be made out to “CYO”. Please indicate Chess in the Memo section of the check. Mail to the attention of:

Catholic Youth Organization
Seth Peloso
1011 First Avenue, 6th FL
New York, NY 10022


What they are saying about CYO Chess


“Our Lady of Good Counsel School (Staten Island) began a Chess Program in 2013-2014!  With 30 eager students...beginners and good players ... and the encouragement and support of 2 wonderful dedicated chess coaches ( provided to us by the CYO) our team became CHAMPS!  Our students learned Chess, team work and had GREAT FUN!  Start a Chess program in your school...and see what happens!!!” 

Mrs. Fran Santangelo, Principal


“The CYO Chess Club was wonderful, the instructor was wonderful with the children. the easiest program to set up. the only things I needed to do to was inform the parents and collect payment. Great program I highly recommend.”

Josephine Fanelli, Principal
St.Theresa School (bronx)


“The CYO Chess program fills a void and engages a subset of our youth who may not be interested in athletic programs”

John Mueller, Parish Coordinator
Holy Innocents (Westchester)