Philanthropist gifts $1M for new chess programs
By BEN CHAPMAN
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Tuesday, November 14, 2017, 4:00 AM
That’s a mighty big check, mate.
A Manhattan philanthropist is giving Success Academy charter schools $1 million for new chess programs for students.
The gift from retired child psychologist Dan Feinberg and his wife Amy will fund scholarships and tutoring for exceptional players.
All Success Academy students learn chess as part of their regular lessons beginning in elementary school.
Feinberg, a former Success Academy board member who volunteers as an unofficial chess advisor for the network of schools, said the game teaches concentration and more.
“They learn how to lose and how to win,” said Feinberg, a longtime chess player who’s competed in more than 100 amateur tournaments. “It’s something that appeals to their brains.”