Chess Contacts

Director, Chess Program Ness Sandoval Email Me
Co-Director Stephen Williams Email Me


Ascension Chess Program

The goal of the Ascension Youth Chess Program is to share the passion for the game of chess, in a positive environment which promotes Christian values. Chess is a very effective mind training activity, and a great educational and motivational tool. Studies show that chess improves academic performance, strategic thinking, consideration of alternatives, and social skills.

Who Can Play?

All boys and girls, Grades Kindergarten - 8th, are eligible for participation in the CYC Chess Program if the child's family is a registered Member of Ascension Parish, lives within the Ascension Parish boundaries or attends Ascension Catholic School (unless your parish does not have a program).

CYC Chess Program

  • Learn the fundamentals of chess in an environment that stresses the enjoyment and learning of the game
  • Develop critical thinking skills, build confidence, and cultivate tools that can be valuable in all aspects of life
  • Lessons start in mid-November and held at Ascension
  • 4 meets December through February (participation in 1 or more of the meets is recommended but not required)
  • CYC Finals Meet (Top 40 Qualifiers) in February (for those that qualify)

Age Groups

The CYC Chess program is based by school grade level

  • Kindergarten - 2nd Grade
  • 3rd - 4th Grade
  • 5th - 6th Grade
  • 7th - 8th Grade


  • CYC Chess $80 per child

Ascension Chess T-shirt included

Chess Schedule

2023-24 Chess Lessons

Wednesdays (starts November 29, schedules in Team Sideline app)

5:00 - 6:00pm Grades K - 2nd
6:00 - 6:30pm Open Chess
6:30 - 7:30pm Grades 3-8

2023-24 Chess Meets

Meet #1  Saturday, December 9, 2023

St. Joseph Cottleville  (1351 Motherhead Road, Cottleville, MO 63304)
8:30am - 2pm

Meet #2   Saturday, January 13, 2024

St. Joseph Imperial   (6024 Old Antonia Rd, Imperial, MO 63052)
8:30am - 2pm

Meet #3   Saturday, January 27, 2024

St. Ann-Normandy   (7532 Natural Bridge Rd, Saint Louis, MO 63121)
8:30am - 2pm

Meet #4   Saturday, February 10, 2024

8:30am - 2pm

FINALS - Top 40 Qualifiers in Each CYC Program Age Group

Saturday, February 24, 2024

Saint Louis Priory School  (500 South Mason Rd. Saint Louis, MO 63141)
8am - 2pm


2023 Ascension Results

CYC Chess Champions
  • 7-8 Grades  Caden Kim, Ethan McGee, Evan McGee, Lincoln Moos, Joseph Zhang
Players Qualified for 2023 CYC Finals (Top 40 Qualifiers)
  • K-2 Grades  Efrem Sandoval, Keegan Smith
  • 3-4 Grades   Dhruv Abrol, Chase Pearson
  • 5-6 Grades   Emir Akkaya, Irenaeus Sandoval, Trent Williams, Joshua Zhang
  • 7-8 Grades   Caden Kim (5th), Ethan McGee (6th), Evan McGee, Lincoln Moos, Joseph Zhang

Click the icon below to see a video from the 2023 Season