Franklin Report Report Card for Shernaz Kennedy in New York City
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Shernaz Kennedy

nychesskids.com
shernazkennedy@aol.com
Main Contact: Shernaz Kennedy
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Chess - Youth

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World class chess junior instruction

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Shernaz Kennedy is the real deal. An International Women's Master, she played for the US Olympiad Team and was Bobby Fischer's best friend. In fact, she moved to the United States from India in 1976 to train with Fischer's coach, Jack Collins. Since then she has become a New York chess fixture, leading classes, organizing local tournaments and spring chess camps, traveling with her team to state competitions, and training with an eye for junior national and world champions.

Kennedy's chess world centers on weekly group sessions and tournaments at All Souls Church on East 80th street, but she also does private lessons. In addition, she has taught at many of the private day schools in Manhattan including Browning, Buckley, Trinity, and Town. Kennedy's proteges start as young as three years old and go through high school. With four children of her own, she is said to completely understand the psyche of junior competition and even does special education chess. Thus, she focuses on making chess not only an intellectual enterprise but also a social gathering. She helps to organize as many as 30 other coaches and their students for regular gatherings. Group lessons are about $500 for a ten package program, which includes lessons and games, with privates at about $150/hour.

Many in the chess world look forward to Kennedy's forthcoming book, "King's Indian - Inside the Mind of Bobby Fisher," which describes Fischer's proposal of marriage to Kennedy. Clearly, Kennedy has been a dynamic fixture in the chess scene for decades with countless UES families depending on her coaching and counsel

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Posted 3/9/2011
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Rufus7 New York, NY

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An excellent program that grows with your child from beginner to expert. Makes chess fun!
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My son who is a total math guy worked with Shernaz for years, first a Buckley and then in her private groups. It takes a lot to keep my son engaged in a program without becoming bored and Shernaz did a fantastic job with that. She has struck exactly the right balance between and learning excellent chess and developing a fun, compelling program. He happily went back week after week which is much more than I can say for most of the other programs we enrolled him in over the years.
        Cost of Project: $1,001 - 10,000
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Posted 3/9/2011
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BlueStar New York, NY

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An especially excellent environment for serious chess kids, but also good for the more casual player. Group settings really help.
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Shernaz is not only excellent with children, girls and boys, but she knows just how much to push each child. She encourages the more skilled or potentially capable kids to rise the occasion, and is more patient with the less focused students. And, impressively, she is able to do this in both group and individual sessions. Shernaz has put together an excellent group of instructors that meet with their collective students regularly to compete-- such great training for later, real competitions. This is the place to be for serious chess instruction for kids as they help each other get to the next level. Highly recommend.
        Cost of Project: $301 - 1,000
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