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 Academic Accomplishments & Parent Testimonials

  • Very first one-on-one student graduated Yale 2014.
  • “Benefit from her chess experience and also your help over the years, she has got into Princeton early action.” -January 2017; “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
  • “…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, -Jan, 2012
  • “…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;

Child Chess Accomplishments

9 year old student currently taking lessons with Mario for 4 years has a top 20 performance rating (1850+) for his age group in U.S.. For more chess related accomplishments, see 'Student Achievements' page above (in blue) and links to student publications below.

Life Benefits

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.

Structured lessons emphasize understanding, skills and fun.

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:

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Student Featured in 92128 Magazine
Student Featured in Chess Life Magazine

Administrative Testimonials:

“Mario Amodeo is a first-rate Chess Instructor of very long standing in San Diego.”
David Saponara
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."
Chuck Ensey
Longtime San Diego Chess Club Volunteer and Board Member

Contact Info:


call or text 619-508-2312