Mario Amodeo Teaching


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.


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)

Testimonials and Student Highlights:

  • “Mario Amodeo is a first-rate Chess Instructor of very long standing in San Diego.” -from David Saponara, MBA, UCLA , Current and Longtime (1980′s) San Diego Chess Club President, former United States Chess Federation Board Member, Parent, former U.S. Navy Fighter Pilot
  • blast from the past: very first one on one student (over 50 lessons in 1999-2000) called Mario for lunch a week after graduating Yale 2014
  • Bishop’s H.S. Junior Rachel, a chess student from 2009-2015,  teaches chess herself as a volunteer Sundays 1-3pm, in a chess club she organizes at La Jolla Riford Library since 2013
  • one parent’s comments from the ‘Client Feedback’ page: “Thank you for your conscientious and dedicated teaching.” -August 2015. “Dear Coach Mario, … made this ecard for you and want to say happy birthday! …loves chess so much. You made his life much better! Thank you so much!” -Sept 2015

Union Tribune article featuring Mario Amodeo’s career choice.

icon Ankit

Student Featured in 92128 Magazine










Link to July 2012 Chess Life magazine article featuring a student of Mario Amodeo: “Preparing the Classic Bishop Sacrifice


Mario Amodeo’s Qualifications:

  • over 3000 chess lessons taught to groups and ‘one on one’ to ages 4 to 84 at dozens of library and school locations since the 1990′s
  • lifetime passion for sharing chess
  • helping develop many skilled young chess players
  • USCF Candidate Master title (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)

For Rates Click Here

Contact Information: 619-508-2312 or email:

for Coach Mario’s chess tips for parents of young students click here



UCSF Candidate Master Mario Amodeo at the San Diego County Bonita Sunnyside Library


US Chess Federation Expert Mario Amodeo at the 2012 Bonita Sunnyside Library Annual Chess Tournament Lunch Break Chess Workshop


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.