Mario Amodeo Teaching Chess


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.


“Mario Amodeo is a first-rate Chess Instructor of very long standing in San Diego.” -David Saponara, Parent and Longtime San Diego Chess Club President, former United States Chess Federation Board Member, U.S. Navy Fighter Pilot, Ret.


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:

  • since 1997 Mario Amodeo has taught over 1500 lessons ‘one on one’ and to groups ages 4 to 84 at dozens of school locations such as Bernardo Heights Middle, Carmel Creek, Carmel Del Mar, Park Village, Painted Rock, Westwood, Highland Ranch, Chaparral, and Adobe Bluffs Elementary schools to name a few
  • Mario Amodeo has been developing many of the strongest young scholastic chess players in San Diego since 1997, including his very first student, a Yale 2014 graduate
  • USCF Candidate Master title, id: 12523359, competing weekly at the San Diego Chess Club for over 23 years click for rating history
  • head instructor, San Diego Chess Club Summer 2000 Chess Camp
  • volunteer 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:


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

Link to a San Diego Union Tribune article on Mario Amodeo’s Chess Teaching Career Choice:


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.