The goal of California Chess School (“CA Chess”) is to promote educational opportunities for today’s youth through the use of chess instruction. We aim to make such opportunities widely available through high quality, low cost chess education for students K-8.


Each class begins with a quick, fun, and informative lecture that introduces players and events from all over the world. Our experienced instructors are then able to assess what the students will need to learn next to continue their rapid chess development. The instruction is also paired with weekly chess workbook exercises that students can use to improve their skills at home.


We provide chess instruction in schools in both Southern and Northern California. Each class meets one hour a week for eight to ten weeks. Classes are priced as low as $12 per class with each student receiving a free chess workbook to supplement their progress. Our classroom provides a safe learning environment where every student can have fun while playing and studying chess.


The many benefits of learning chess have been documented and proven through the use of scientific studies. Students who study chess often improve in skills such as calculation, spatial reasoning, concentration, focus, planning, logic, and creativity.


class structure

The class begins with a 5-10 minute presentation of chess culture and history. Following that is 10-15 minutes of detailed chess instruction. The class finishes with guided practice games for 25-30 minutes with the instructor providing helpful tips and advice to each student.


Our instruction is divided into beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels. Beginner students are taught all of the rules and basics of chess. Intermediate students learn basic tactics, strategy, and effective calculation techniques. Advanced students are taught to solve complex tactical puzzles and are introduced to strategies for the middlegame and endgame.

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  • Southland Christian School

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    Southland Christian School
    08 Mar 2017 - 17 May 2017

    Chess For All Grade levels


    $ 120

    The California Chess School presents a fun and educational chess class for all grades. The students will learn the basics of chess from how to move the pieces to the main goal, checkmate. If students are already familiar with the basics, they will learn the tactics and strategy necessary to be a competitive player. All students will learn necessary academic skills such as improved calculation, planning, spacial reasoning, and increased concentration. New students will receive our Standard Chess Workbook: Beginner book. Returning students will receive the NEW Intermediate book. Wednesdays 3:30 - 4:30 P.M. 3/08, 3/15, 3/22, 3/29, 4/5, 4/12, 4/26, 5/10, 5/17


1. What makes CA Chess different than other programs?

CA Chess offers chess education at the most affordable price with the highest quality level of instruction.

2. Are the instructors background checked?

Yes, all of our instructors are background checked, and TB-tested.

3. Is your program insured?

Yes, we have liability and afterschool insurance coverage.

4. What is the age range/skill level for classes?

The range is K-8 for levels beginner to advanced.


  • "When my son started playing he was a complete beginner, now he is a rated chess player! "

    -Joyce Wong Kup, Parent
  • "Chess Director Dylan is wonderful at connecting with the children and creating learning opportunities. "

    -April Denne, Parent
  • "My son gained chess skills, had fun and became more confident through his experience with after school chess instruction."

    -Evie Clifford, Parent


Have a passion for both chess and teaching? Then join us!


  • Classroom Instructors - Do you have experience working with children? Are you a strong or avid chess player? Do you have a passion for teaching chess? Attach your resume and tell us a little about your chess experience when you apply.

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  • Assistant Program Director - Do you have strong managerial skills? Do you have experience working with school administrators? Are you passionate about playing or teaching chess? Attach your resume and tell us a little about your chess experience when you apply

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  • Interns - Are you a college student looking for real world experience? Are you passionate about chess and want to work with children? Are you looking for a program to fulfill your work study hours? Attach your resume and tell us a little about your chess experience when you apply.

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About us

California Chess School (“CA Chess”) gives students the tools to succeed in life through learning the game of chess. We serve students in schools all over Los Angeles, Santa Clara and San Francisco County. California Chess School is a subsidiary of Metropolitan Chess, Inc. an organization dedicated to providing opportunities for chess players to learn, improve, and grow.

Dylan Quercia

Dylan Querica is the Director of Scholastic Programs of California Chess School and Metropolitan Chess, Inc. He has been working with elementary and middle school aged students for over 10 years. He has been playing chess for over 20 years is currently ranked as an expert. He attended the University of Illinois at Chicago and holds a B.S. in Biological Sciences. While in college, he worked with National Master Ilya K. teaching chess to students in Chicago. After college, he moved to Los Angeles with his fiancee. In Los Angeles, he worked for a major non-profit and built a chess program with over 4000 students a year. He has a goal to reach many more students and instill in them a love of the royal game!

Kostya Kavutskiy
Director of Marketing
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Metropolitan Chess, Inc.
2786 Aiello Drive,
San Jose, CA 95111
phone: 323.639.3318