Enrichment Chess Programs, private and semi-private chess lessons in San Diego!

Serving Rancho Bernardo, Poway, Scripps Ranch, Tierrasanta, Miramar, Allied Gardens, San Diego State, Rancho San Diego, Mt. Helix, La Mesa, San Carlos, Lemon Grove, Lakeside, El Cajon, & Santee!

Scholastic Chess Enrichment!
Scholastic Chess Enrichment!

An outstanding enrichment program for your school or organization! After school programs currently available, typically 8-12 weeks each session, three times over the academic year with sessions in Fall, Winter, and Spring!


NEW!! Winter Scholastic Chess Tournament  Sunday February 19, 2023 (Unrated)

Scholastic Chess Tournament    Entry $20                        Sunday February 19, 2023   10:00 AM – 3:00 PM            9450 Candida Street, San Diego, CA 92126

We will have two sections, one for advanced students who have played in tournaments previously or have several sessions of classes worth of experience; the other will be a novice section for players with less experience. Trophies will be awarded to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in each division!


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New!! Winter Class Schedule 2023


Barnard Elementary 2:15PM - 3:30PM

Jan 9, 23, 30 Feb 6, 13, 27 Mar 6, 13, 20

(No class 1/16, 2/20) (9 classes)



Introduction to Chess 4:00-5:15PM

Rancho Bernardo Semi Private Classes 

January 3 - February 28 (9 Classes)



Benchley Weinberger Elementary 11:50AM - 12:50PM

January 4, 11, 18, 25 February 1, 8, 15, 22 March 1, 8, 15 (11 classes)


Novice Chess Class 3:30PM - 5:00 PM

Rancho Bernardo Semi Private Class

January 18 - February 15 (5 classes)



Thursday The Cambridge School

January 5 - March 9, No Class 2/16 

March 16 - June 1 No Class 4/6




Chet F Harritt Jan 6 - Mar 17 (11 classes)

1:40PM - 3:05PM


Friday Knights at Three Treasures Cultural Arts Society

January 6 - February 25!!


Sign up now to reserve your spot!! 

Salute To Education TV Segment

Salute to Education #9
Salute to Education #9

See our video!! Channel 4 San Diego has a feature on our program airing in San Diego!! 




Show #9 Segment 4

Pacific Hills Chess Academy

It’s no secret chess is a great workout for your mind.  Studies have shown that chess improves cognitive thinking which in turn improves school grades, and besides, it’s a lot of fun!  One after-school program is helping kids improve their lives, through this very popular board game. 


Local IM Cyrus Lakdawala interview excerpt

Here is a quote from a recent interview, December 27, 2014, with International Master Cyrus Lakdawala:  

What do you have to say about the benefits of chess in education and in life?

The benefits are numerous to children: their concentration improves, they understand the benefits of engaged study, and, most of all, they learn that mistakes have negative consequences, while virtues are rewarded.

The rest of the interview is here:  http://blog.investinchess.org/in-conversation-with-international-master-cyrus-lakdawala/

"The Evans" Method!

Coach Ron
Coach Ron

The program, dubbed “The Evans Method” by the United States Chess Federation, includes instruction, formal and casual play. Students receive prizes at the end of each class to reward positive participation and trophies or medals at the end of each session. Their program (once featured on The Tonight Show) has produced national champions at every scholastic level.

Beginners are welcome! Chess is a great workout for the mind utilizing continuous problem-solving with changing conditions. Students learn to think ahead, evaluate multiple alternatives and anticipate consequences. They improve spatial reasoning, visual memory and attention span while learning good judgment, reasoning power and self-confidence. Studies have shown that chess improves cognitive thinking which in turn improves school grades. 

USCF Chess Research Bibliography:  http://main.uschess.org/content/view/7866/131/ 

We honestly believe learning to play chess will positively influence your life!