The David A. Boody Chess Team has been one of the best chess teams in the country. They have won the NYC JHS Chess Championship four times, the NYS Championship twice and the National Championship in 1999 and 2003. They have also won the novice section of the NYC JHS Chess Championships consecutively from 2010-2014. Students who enter this magnet advance their skills to become candidates in citywide and national tournaments. The goals of the David A. Boody Chess Team are:
- to provide an opportunity for fun, recreational chess.
- to develop students' self-confidence, mental focus, logic, discipline, & analytical abilities.
- to develop students' sportsmanship.
- to provide an opportunity to excel in tournament competitions.
- to teach the rules, vocabulary, history, & culture of the world's oldest sport, chess.