Mario Amodeo is a full-time professional chess coach available in San Diego County or online. Appropriate guidance for beginners to tournament players rated up to about 1800.
Testimonials and Highlights:
- “Mario Amodeo is a first-rate Chess Instructor of very long standing in San Diego.” -David Saponara, UCLA MBA, Parent and Longtime San Diego Chess Club President, former United States Chess Federation Board Member, Former U.S. Navy Fighter Pilot
- Very first one on one student (over 50 lessons in 1999-2000) graduated Yale 2014.
Link to July 2012 Chess Life magazine article featuring a student of Mario Amodeo: “Preparing the Classic Bishop Sacrifice
Lesson Details and Objectives:
- structured chess lessons emphasize understanding and development of skills
- before each chess lesson Mario Amodeo prepares a written outline of a personalized lesson, including homework
- adults report improved overall memory, chess performance and enjoyment
- children develop observational skills, self-esteem, responsibility, and tenacity (for Benjamin Franklin’s “Moral’s of Chess” click on Links page)
Mario Amodeo’s Qualifications:
- taught over 1500 lessons to groups (starting in 1997) and ‘one on one’ (starting in 1999) ages 4 to 84 at dozens of library and school locations such as Carmel Creek, Scripps Ranch Montessori, Painted Rock, Highland Ranch, Chaparral Elementary schools to name a few
- lifetime passion for sharing chess
- helping develop many skilled young chess players
- USCF Candidate Master title (aka Expert), id: 12523359, competing weekly at the San Diego Chess Club for over 23 years
- head instructor, San Diego Chess Club Summer 2000 Chess Camp
- volunteer assistant tournament director for many scholastic chess events since 1997
- State of California Substitute Teaching Permit for 2009-2010 (click for screenshot)
Examples of places Mario can drive to: San Diego, 4S Ranch, Del Mar, Carmel Valley, La Mesa, Hillcrest, Clairemont, Mira Mesa, Rancho Penasquitos, National City, Lemon Grove, El Cajon, Encinitas, Santee, Tierra Santa, Linda Vista, Mission Valley, Point Loma, Pacific Beach, Mission Hills, Del Cerro, La Jolla, North Park, South Park, Kensington, Poway, Spring Valley, Normal Heights, East Lake, Coronado, Bonita, Rancho Bernardo.