A Man Versus A City

Tyler plays Chess AND Music in NYC.

When we walked into “The Village Chess Shop,” 7 years ago, he got beat by everyone, and was quickly laughed out of the shop.  He remembered every beating, and delved into chess books, quickly learning the game.  After 6 months, Tyler was working at the shop.  After 2 years, he beat his teacher. A year after that, Tyler became the “Head Teacher” in “The Village Chess Shop.”  And now Tyler is the President of his own chess company,  ”Chess@3″.

Tyler moved to NYC to play music, Jazz, on his alto-saxophone named, Rachel. He finished the “New School University, Jazz Performance Program”, no sweat.  He now is a band leader in NYC playing anywhere, from dance clubs in the LES, to Fine Restaurants in The Cloisters.




  • Chess@3
  • The Schwartz System

Chess@3, Changing Chess Education

Chess is a mental gym.  Chess exercises your mind in a way, nothing else does.  Constant calculation and deep concentration are the main ingredients in successful chess. Very quickly anyone who starts to play chess will notice an increase in mental fitness.  Mental fitness means different things for different people.  Some people can throw out their calendar, now they effortlessly plan their schedule in their heads! Almost everyone experiences a increase in memory, never lose your keys again! Personally I started to think about what I said before I said it, being able to predict people’s responses.  In short? Chess makes you smarter!

Up till now, Chess Education started at 6 or 7 years old.  The rules of chess are too abstract, too many, and too demanding for most 5-year-olds to play.  Chess@3 gets all kids, starting at the surprising age of 3, loving and playing chess. Now all the benefits of mental fitness are available to a younger generation.

Chess@3 has taken all the rules of chess, and turned them into stories.  These original stories explain why the pieces move the way they do.  For instance, the king, moves 1 square at a time right? Not the way we teach it.  Chess@3 says kings move slow. One King moves slow because his belly is so big, and one king moves slow because he’s afraid of everything.  After hearing these stories kids intuitively move pieces correctly, and they’re not following any rules, they’re following stories.  With every rule, there’s a story, we love telling stories, and we tell a lot of them!

Read more about our curriculum below, and as always feel free to email us with questions: chessat3@gmail.com

The Schwartz System is a collection of fun stories that teaches chess to 3-6 year olds.  Before now, chess education traditionally began at 8 or as early as 7, the Schwartz system gets 3 year olds, playing and more importantly loving chess.  The Schwartz System has already taught 1,000′s of kids in the New York City Area.

These simple stories teach kids how to play chess without them knowing they’re learning.  The Rules of chess are usually too abstract for 3 year olds 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.

Our teaching is done in three stages:

Teaching Kids to

1- Make Legal Moves- For many kids this is very challenging, and can take the whole system to complete.  But don’t forget, chess is the hardest game in the world! If it takes a year of classes to get a 3 year old to make legal chess moves, this is a great success.

2- Make Good Moves- Very quickly you’ll see some kids who do not struggle with making legal moves.  These kids then realize there are good moves, and bad moves.  We want them to make more of the former, less of the latter.

3- Make Their Own Moves- A chess game can be won many different ways, by attacking, by defending, “The Schwartz System” gets to kids realize their style of thinking, and affirm it.

This 20 week curriculum requires no prior chess knowledge, as teachers learn with the kids.  The curriculum starts with simply moving the pieces, moves on to some light chess theory, and ends with an epic 5-week story, “The Spell of the Blue Bell,” where character, courage, and good sportsmanship is the focus.

Leaning chess this early 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 you play chess, you work the muscles of your mind that you almost never do.  Learning to control and build these powers has incredible use, particularly in music and math.  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 “The Schwartz System,” will give anyone a ‘head start’ in music, math, and general concentration.

  • Duet
  • Clubs
  • Weddings
  • Events


Duet is Tyler’s main music group. Duet is: Drums, Keyboyards, and Saxophone (Acoustic and Electric). Duet gets people dancing, so Duet mainly frequents the hottest dance spots in NYC (see clubs for listings)

But Duet’s REAL beauty comes from their adaptability.  Although Duet is very capable of rocking loud clubs, Duet has held residencies at very up-scale restaurant spots in NYC, where mood-music is on the menu.

Here’s a humble video….

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At the tender age of 25, Tyler has led bands all over New York City, here are some places Tyler has hit.

Iridium Jazz Club

Club Love (real name)

Webster Hall’s Studio

Pianos (Lower East Side, 2 Residencies)

Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola

Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2

New Leaf Cafe



Since Duet is best at getting EVERYONE dancing, and playing mood music, Duet is a natural choice for any wedding. In just a couple years Duet has played weddings all over the country. From Puerto Rican to Presbyterian.  

In 2010 Duet travelled to Ft. Worth Texas to play a ‘southern baptist’ wedding.  The wedding was dry, and most of the guests hadn’t danced in dozens of years, for religious reasons.  Within 1 hour the entire party, priests and all were dancing to the music Duet was throwing at them.

Duet considers this one of their greatest accomplishments.

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