Enrichment Chess Programs 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!! Fall Scholastic Chess Tournament  Sunday November 20, 2022 (Unrated)

Scholastic Chess Tournament    Entry $20                        Sunday November 20, 2022   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!





Winter Chess Camp December 27-30!!  Team Touche Fencing Center

We are teaming up with Team Touche Fencing Center to bring a winter camp that includes fencing! 


Dates: December 27th - 30th.


Fencing 10AM - 1PM each day

Chess 1PM - 4PM each day


Sign up for both and receive 10% off of each!


Pacific Hills Chess Academy will offer four days of non-stop chess activities including formal instruction, puzzle solving, tournament play and more!


Trophies will be awarded to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place!


Chess Camp sign up here: 



Fencing Camp sign up here: 



Daily rates are available at sign up for both camps. 


Fall Class Schedule 2022

Monday Barnard Elementary

October 10 - December 12 (No class 11/21)

2:15PM - 3:30PM



Tuesday September 13 - November 15 (10 Classes)


4S Ranch Private Classes Novice 3:35-4:35PM

4S Ranch Private Classes Intermediate/Advanced 4:40-5:40PM


Wednesday September 14 - December 14 (12 classes)

Benchley Weinberger Elementary (No class 11/16, 11/23)

11:50AM - 12:50PM 


Thursday Sept. 15 - Dec. 16 (13 classes) 

The Cambridge School (No class on 10/13, 11/24)




Chet F Harritt Sept. 9 - Dec. 16 (13 classes)

Please note no classes on Nov 11, 18, 25 


New 4 week session of Friday Knights starts November 18!!

Sign up now to reserve your spot!!


Friday Knights at Three Treasures Cultural Arts Society

November 18 December 2, 9, 16


Winter Chess Camp 

December 27-30 at Touche Fencing Center



NEW!! Fall Session 2 starts soon!                      Friday Knights Chess Class!!

November 18 December 2, 9, 16 (5 classes)


9450 Candida Street, San Diego, CA 92126   

Cost $52


Former San Diego Chess Club President, Coach Ron of the Pacific Hills Chess Academy and Three Treasures Cultural Arts Society have joined forces to provide a great new centralized location and wonderful atmosphere for scholastic chess lessons in San Diego!  We will be offering an Intermediate/Advanced  chess class for the serious student and those who just can’t get enough in their after-school programs! The class will be geared toward tournament players and those who are planning to become tournament players.


Sign up here:  https://www.pacifichillschessacademy.com/sign-up-online        

Our Second Spring Scholastic Chess Tournament winners!                            Advanced Section                                          1st Vihaan Gupta                                        2nd Hiro Uchiyama                                     3rd Chetan Yanamala

Our Second Spring Scholastic Chess Tournament winners!                            Novice Section                                            1st Ayaan Oswal                                        2nd Leilani Baldestamon                            3rd Chance Hsieh                                       4th Oliver Osihiro

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!