Mario Amodeo is a full-time chess trainer and mentor. UCSF Candidate Master (CM) title, ID: 12523359 (for more qualifications click here).
For beginners to players rated 1800. Ages 6 to adult.
Child Chess Accomplishments and Feedback
9 year old currently taking lessons with Mario for 4 years is ranked 11th in U.S. for his age group as of early 2017.
“…not plateauing is a reflection of your teaching method. Instead of quick fixes to win games, you focused on teaching fundamentals that apply to all…” Jerry, a parent -Jan, 2012
For more accomplishments, see 'Student Achievements' page above (in blue) and student publication links below.
Child Academic Accomplishments & Parent Feedback
Blast from the past: very first one-on-one student took Mario to lunch a week after graduated Yale 2014.
“Benefit from her chess experience and also your help over the years, she has got into Princeton early action.” -Jan. 2017; 7 years earlier she wrote: “Hi, Mario…You are a great coach: very patient, encouraging and responsible. Her chess has improved a lot. She has also learned something beyond chess, such as general attitude toward things, from you. Thanks and congratulations!” 2009
“…truly encouraging!…(he) can’t stop smiling.” -March 2016″; It was a desperate decision for me to consider chess when they were bringing home failing grades... It’s as if I’d hit the jackpot. Their grades are improving and they are way more confident. Thank you for what you do.” -May 2016;
"Thanks again for all you do for her – above and beyond pure chess. You have a great balance of encouraging her, letting her be a little kid (to a degree), but also pushing her, treating her like an adult, teaching her very profound concepts that will help her in all aspects of life in the future." -a parent, 2017
Chess develops self-esteem, responsibility, and tenacity (see also Benjamin Franklin's "Moral's of Chess" on the links page). Other benefits include development of observational, evaluative, and planning skills.
Adult Student Feedback
“Hi Mario, I want to thank you so very much for the lessons and the training modules that provide the structure that has lead to my progression of understanding of how this game is played.” -Bruce Nov 2015, after climbing 329 rating point to 1771 by scoring 6-0 in a USCF rated tournament.
“Hi Mario,…I’m just writing to say thank you for your lessons and all your help. You sent me additional resources twice, even after we were done with the lessons…The things I have learned have even changed the way I see the world.Thank you, Mario. You are a great instructor and what you do is wonderful. Wishing you every success, Antonio.” -August 2016
“The new mindset I acquired from chess, and especially from your lessons, has made a big difference. It helps me explore problems from all different angles, in ways I would not have previously considered. It’s amazing the value that chess holds for everyday life.” -July 20, 2012; "Before I met you I was walking in the dark in terms of chess and I did not even know it." Sept 14, 2010; “It means a lot that you care so much about your students…” Dan -Sept 4, 2010
Introduction, Published Students, and Teaching Example Links:
“Mario Amodeo is a first-rate Chess Instructor of very long standing in San Diego.”
MBA (UCLA). David is current and many time San Diego Chess Club President since 1982, former United States Chess Federation Board Member, former U.S. Navy Fighter Pilot, and parent.
"...beating a Master couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy. Congratulations, Mario! We salute you for your excellent play and even more importantly, your friendly style and easy going nature."
Longtime San Diego Chess Club Volunteer and Board Member