~ Indian Proverb

Chess is a sea in which a gnat may drink and an elephant may bathe.

Chess curriculum is integrated into Grades K-2 and features a world class chess team after school.

In the area of critical thinking, children learn to categorize information, reason by analogy, follow a logical sequence of ideas, recognize patterns, apply general principles, assess whether one general principle overrides another, and calculate and analyze disparate values to arrive at practical outcomes.

In the domain of social development, chess helps children learn to follow the rules, take turns, accept responsibility for their decisions, respect tradition and demonstrate good sportsmanship in both victory and defeat.  They learn that persistence pays off and that discipline and patience are well rewarded in this microcosm of the larger world.

Formal chess instruction begins in the kindergarten grade. Students receive weekly chess instruction in kindergarten for one semester, and in first grade for two semesters. In second grade, students have formal chess classes for one semester. Opportunities for extension and further development of a student’s passion for chess abound at Dalton.  The early morning and after school programs offer chess instruction across all grade levels. Students participate in local, city, state and national tournaments.  Dalton students have been city, state and national champions many times.

We use many methods of instruction. In each class, we utilize verbal, visual, and hands-on activities.  Each child can demonstrate proficiency or seek further guidance. Assessment is constant throughout as the teacher observes the students and asks and answers questions. 

The chess program at Dalton uniquely provides continuous exposure to chess learning and allows all students to be well served.

Dalton Chess News

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  • Step 1 ChessKid Website

    How to use ChessKid - Website and App Instructions

    ChessKid using different devices
    ChessKid.com Website vs ChessKid App (iPads/Tablets)

    Most online learning platforms have user interfaces that change depending on the device you are using and the size of your screen.

    Here is a Step-by-Step guide on how to log in and play on chesskid.com website with multiple devices and ChessKid App (iPad/Tablets).  Important! If you are using an iPad or Tablet, it is best to use your device in landscape (horizontal orientation).
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Archived News

Chess Faculty

List of 2 members.

  • Beatriz Marinello 

    Director of the Chess Program
  • Jessica Sarchi 

    Chess Assistant and After School Chess Teacher
    (212) 423-5495 x3169

Chess Photos and Video

  • Chess Team breaks K-12 National Chess Championship and Dalton records as the largest school delegation in history.2018 Chess Nationals - Orlando, Florida

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  • Seniors Danny Challenger, Reddy Lee, and Tristan Sollecito give a heartwarming and inspiring toast about what their ongoing commitment to Dalton chess has meant to them throughout their many Dalton days. This was their 18th trip to the Nationals.

    Dalton Chess Seniors Give a Fond Farewell

    Seniors Danny Challenger, Reddy Lee, and Tristan Sollecito give a heartwarming and inspiring toast about what their ongoing commitment to Dalton chess has meant to them throughout their many Dalton days. This was their 18th trip to the Nationals.

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  • Chess Nationals 2018 - Nashville, TN

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  • Grade Level Chess Nationals on Orlando

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  • Chess Supernationals - 2017

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  • Girls Chess Nationals in Chicago - 2017

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  • Photos by David MacEnultyNew York State Chess Championships - 2017

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  • K-12 Grade Nationals, December 2016, Nashville

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  • Dalton Chess at Grade Nationals May 2016

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  • 2016 Chess Team in Chicago

    2016 Girls National Chess Tournament in Chicago

    2016 Chess Team in Chicago

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  • Girls' Friendly Chess Tournament December 2015

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  • Photos from the Grade Nationals in OrlandoChess Team Reaches New Heights

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  • K-1 Friendly October 2015

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  • New York State Chess Champions - 2015

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  • Photos submitted by Mr. David MacEnulty, Chess Academy DirectorSpence All Girls Chess Tournament

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  • Chess Team Earns National Recognition

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  • National Elementary Chess Tournament 2014 - Dallas, Tx

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  • Dalton Hosts All Girls K-3 Chess Tournament

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  • Chicago National Girls Tournament

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  • Chess Team Raids the NY State Chess Championships

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