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Ready Set Chess provides in-school chess instruction for public and private schools throughout New York City. We also offer after-school programs, bring teams to compete in tournaments, and run an 8-week summer camp based in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn.


Who We Are

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Nicholas Chatzilias, founder and lead instructor

Nick has been teaching chess to New York City students since 2001. A native of Toronto, Nick learned to play chess when he was 5 and has been passionate about beating his dad and older brother ever since. As an instructor at Chess in the Schools for seven years, Nick taught in Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx, coaching hundreds of K-8 students and assisting at I.S. 318, the 54-time national chess champions featured in the movie Brooklyn Castle. Nick founded Ready Set Chess in 2011 and continues to enjoy sharing the beauty of the game with students at RSC schools in Brooklyn and Manhattan.


olga Sagalchik, instructor

Olga Sagalchik is a Women’s FIDE Master and an 8-time participant in the U.S. Women’s Championship. She has been teaching chess to NYC students for over two decades, coaching scholastic chess players to numerous national, state and city titles.


Talitha Santana, instructor

Talitha Santana is a 23-year-old chess enthusiast/instructor residing in Brooklyn, NY. She began her chess journey at I.S. 318, where she competed on the national level as well as citywide before deciding to become a chess instructor. Talitha has been working for 9 years as a chess instructor, teaching at after-school programs and summer camps across the city. She currently works at several public schools throughout the Park Slope area teaching students in grades K-3 the fundamentals of chess.

Oscar Santana, instructor

Bio coming soon!