The large room, bathed in sunlight, was quiet except for the scribble of pencils, the click of the time clock and bump of the chess pieces hitting the board.

On Tuesday afternoon, Success Academy held it’s first ever all-girls chess tournament at it’s Harlem West middle school on 114th Street. The group of 32 charter schools in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx, has had a robust program that teaches each student to play chess, said chess educator Sean O’Hanlon.