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New York City Chess Expert – Approved!

New York City Chess Expert – Approved!

posted by Karen Quinn, The Testing Mom - September 9th, 2011

I recently had the pleasure of meeting Tyler Schwartz who just happens one the best chess teachers in New York City (or in the USA for that matter)! Tyler recently sat with my wonderful (and also very competitive!) daughter and gave her chess lessons with his amazing, new program developed for 3 to 7 year old children! My daughter has taken chess lessons in the past but with Tyler’s new approach to teaching young children the complex strategies of chess are simply genius! Tyler has taken the complexity of understanding the rules and unfamiliar names of the pieces and it into a simple, story form for children as young as 3 to understand and immediately comprehend.

My daughter LOVED this approach to take her chess game up a few notches after only a few lessons with Tyler! She especially loved the simple and intriguing stories narrated by Tyler that teach kids how to play chess without them knowing they’re learning one of the most difficult games on the planet.  As you know, the rules of chess are usually too abstract for 3 to 7 year old children to grasp, there are too many of them, and some of the rules are too complicated.  These stories give reasons why these rules in chess exist, kings don’t move one square at a time, they move slow.  One king moves slow because his belly is so big, and one moves slow because he’s afraid of everything.  Kids just follow these memorable stories, and without knowing it, start to play chess. The stories go on and on with a whole collection that Tyler has developed with this state-of-the art system.

Tyler teaching my daugther the "thinking cup" technique before she makes her move!

The skills Tyler has developed in his revolutionary teaching method helps with the skills needed in test preparation for tests like the OLSAT, CogAT test, Standford-Binet 5 or the ERB test. Learning chess at an early age gives increased mental dexterity to anyone who plays it.  When you go to the gym you exercise muscles that wouldn’t have been stimulated without the gym.  Playing chess takes your mind to the gym, when your child plays chess, your child works the muscles of the mind that they almost never do.  Learning to control and build these powers has incredible use, particularly in music, math and gifted and talented testing!

Tyler guiding my daughter on her next chess move!


Chess, music and math are all very similar, they’re closed universes of possibility, numbers, notes, and moves.  All three require you to mentally manipulate different variables, to produce different results, equations, songs, and games.  Getting good at one gets you good at the other two.  The mental dexterity gained by playing chess with Tyler’s program called “The Schwartz System,” will give anyone any young child a ‘head start’ in music, math, and general concentration. As you know, concentration and test stamina are important during the test preparation for the Otis-Lennon School Abilities test and WPPSI-III test. It’s important to remember to practice lots of sample questions for all the tests to make sure your child’s concentration is where it needs to be at with not only chess but also test taking.


My daughter makes a big move that surprises Tyler!


Handshake after a stalemate!

The skills Tyler has developed in his revolutionary teaching method of chess helps with the skills needed in test preparation for tests like the OLSAT, CogAT test, Standford-Binet 5 or the ERB test.


We plan on having a tele-seminar with Tyler in the future where he’ll be discussing his incredible program with all of our top members. Make sure you visit Tyler’s website  and if you have any questions about his awe-inspiring program email him at

Michael McCurdy – Co-founder and NYC Gifted and Talented Parent Expert

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