The Academy runs summer camps and provides private lessons for children ages 5 to 18. We integrate lessons on openings, tactics, end games, strategy, tournament skills and sportsmanship. We offer private lessons for all levels and ages. Chess players naturally learn social and life skills through chess. Chess Katz Academy students respect other players, form friendships, work well under stress, celebrate their victories appropriately and take defeat with grace.
Alanna Katz, Co-Founder
Alanna is an accomplished chess player, among the top 100 ranked females in the US. She has 15 years of teaching experience and an extensive amount of work in the Greater NYC Area. She has taught in many schools, most notably throughout New York City and introduced over 2500 students to chess.
Alanna also spent 10 summers traveling across the United States to run competitive chess camps.
Her and her brother Ben Katz are among the strongest chess playing siblings in the US.
US National Master Ben Katz, is the President and Co-Founder of ChessKatz.
Ben is in the 99th percentile of all chess players in the US. He has won numerous tournaments and represented the United States in several international events, most notably as part of a delegation called the “Collins Kids,” a group that competed all around the world, led by famed chess coach John Collins, former World Champion Bobby Fischer’s chess coach and mentor.
Ben has 15 years of teaching experience, primarily in New York City, and enjoys working with children of all ages and ability levels.