Experience and Expertise

San Jose Chess is an Official Affiliate

of the United States Chess Federation


To broaden the LOVE for chess throughout the local community here in the Bay Area by promoting chess to all. We're a proud official affiliate of the United States Chess Federation. We employ the top chess professionals available in all of Northern California, most with years upon years of successful teaching experience and professional competition. All Certified in the 1st-Move instructional program and able to transmit our award-winning curriculum to children of all ages and skill levels from absolute beginners, through intermediate and even advanced. Our chess school has helped to foster a continuing passion for chess in thousands and thousands of students since 1995.

In addition, we make learning and progressing at chess FUN kids of all ages and capabilities. Our staff customizes each program to meet the needs of our specific student(s) from casual to highly motivated. Our competitive Chess Club players have countless achievements, numerous top standings, and championships... Including city, state, and national titles. Our in-school, elementary & middle school teams are continually some of the highest-rated teams and win multiple sections year after year at countless chess tournaments.


Both casual & competitive Chess is on the rise. Its mainstreaming in recent years has been in part to the many studies showing the benefits to kids, local youth has been more successful than ever in district tournaments, state rankings, national events, USCF ratings, and even the global chess-world: FIDE. We are seeing more chess on TV, film, print, movies...  And now that chess is back in an Olympic bid we are seeing this 2000+year-old game just about everywhere. More Americans are playing chess than ever before in our Nations's history.







Children from all backgrounds can succeed at chess. Even children who are not performing well in school are inspired by chess and show a better attitude towards learning. According to the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University, “Executive function and self-regulation skills are the mental processes that enable us to plan, focus attention, remember instructions, and juggle multiple tasks successfully. …The brain needs this skill set to filter distractions, prioritize tasks, set and achieve goals, and control impulses.” At the NSCF we believe teaching chess provides both conceptual instruction and practical application that allow students to develop these skills so necessary for success in life. Chess, one of the oldest and most intriguing of games, is a pedagogical tool for students of all ages and abilities. Through chess, students learn thinking skills that are applicable to other disciplines.

  • Chess improves concentration and self-discipline;

  • Chess involves all levels of critical thinking (knowledge, comprehension, analysis, evaluation)

  • Chess requires forethought and circumspection;

  • Chess cultivates visualization;

  • Chess develops problem-solving skills;

  • Chess encourages children to overcome the fear of risk-taking;

  • Chess teaches children to assume responsibility for their decisions;

  • Chess encourages socialization skills that extend across cultures and generations;

  • Chess raises self-esteem and promotes good sportsmanship; and

  • Chess rewards determination and perseverance;

  • Chess is fun!