Additional Administrator Feedback:

  • “Hi Mario, I really appreciate your efforts to communicate with parents and students to minimize potential problems. You set up a role model for others.” -October 2016; “Thanks for the diligent work.” -January 2017; -David C. , Enrichment Administrator, San Diego Hua Xia Chinese School
  • “I very much appreciate your work with the kids….from an administrative viewpoint, you take the job seriously and that really helps …” -Virginia V., Kidztyme Director, May 2012
  • "Thanks for all your hard work!  The kids are really excited about your chess class." 1/27/2012; "...your technique and homework assignments are really appreciated by the parents.  One of the fathers was extrememly impressed and commented that his decision to enroll his son was heavily influenced by the assigned homework." Frank F. Director of Great China Whole Brain Education Academy, 2011

Additional Adult Feedback

  • "Thank you for always making his day!"; "You are wonderful to broach these topics with (him)" -Katie, aide to an adult student, 2015
  • "It isn't really possible to say how grateful I am for your challenging guidance along the path into the forest of chess... -12/2014; "Thanks and for all the great lessons too!" -8/2013; "Thank you for your fine leadership." -5/2013 -Karen, a student who is a teacher herself
  • "Mario: Just wanted to tell you that I thoroughly  enjoyed my chess lesson today and appreciate all your good analysis and help. You have inspired me  to think again in multiple directions... " -Bob, 84, 2012
  • "Hi Mario, Thanks again for today,  I really enjoyed it. I honestly could have sat there for a few more hours. It is what I wanted to see...The concepts we covered are a nice eye opener, and I'm sure there will be many more."  -Mike, 2012
  • "Hi Mario, I really enjoyed that lesson, and now I am back to loving chess again." -Matt, 2010
  • "...thanks for your help over the last year. Your feedback and guidance has been instrumental in accomplishing my initial goal of breaking 1600!"  5/14/2012; Upon winning first place 2011 San Diego County Championship Booster section: "Hi Mario, Thanks for the note. I couldn't have done it without you..." 8/8/2011 -Glenn
  • "Hi Mario...You exceeded my expectations and are a wonderful teacher!!..."  -Lisa, 9/27/2011

Additional Parent Feedback

  • From Jin:"Hi, Mario...(she) is also very exited that she can beat several players that have much higher rating than her. Thanks for all your help that she can continue to make great improvement. On Friday, ... came back happy that she won both games at the chess class after school. We are so glad both girls are continuing to learn and experience the magic of the game. We couldn't do it without your help." Thanks! 2012; and 3 years after that he wrote: "Many thanks for your chess lessons over the years. They have learned so much and chess is becoming part of them." August 2015.
  • "Thanks, Mario! I appreciate how dedicated you are to your profession...He really enjoys working with you. Feel free to work on life skills—like listening—as you see fit. We trust you and value your role as educator." -Nav, a parent, 2017
  • “Thank you for your conscientious and dedicated teaching.” August 2015 and later “You made his life much better!” Wendy, -September 2015
  • “Mario, I just want to express my gratitude and admiration for how you are teaching (him). You keep it fresh with new material constantly. Your depth of knowledge is impressive to me. You set your pace to his. You are animated and supportive. You intuitively know and cater to his learning style. Most of all, you are gracious about his gaps of knowledge and his leaps of reasoning.” -August 2016; “…I love your humor and intensity…(he) benefits greatly from your example.” Evelyn, -Sept 2016
  • “…truly appreciate your teaching and homework during the last 2 years…he has learned many things from you, even outside of chess, and I think these learning goes a long way in his growth.” Eric, -July 2016
  • “Thank you very much for your great teaching… said he learned a lot from you and you are the best coach he has ever had.” Amber, – February 2016
  • “Thank you for inspiring him.” -August 18, 2015; “You don’t know how lucky we were to find you in SD.” -Dec 2015; “Thank you for everything you do. You really care about your students.” Victoria, -Feb. 2016
  • Very first one-on-one student (1999-2001) after 'growing up' bought Mario lunch a week after graduated Yale class of 2014.
  • From Debra, a grandparent:"Hi, I just had Face-Time with .... and he was so excited about his chess lesson and was telling me about what he learned. Thank you so much for providing (him) with such an amazing learning opportunity." -April 2016
  • "Thanks for your good preparation and homework for the boys to do after class." -Lisa, 2015
  • "Thank you so much for being an excellent coach. Chess class is always his absolute favorite part of the week." -2015; "We feel so blessed that you are teaching (him) chess. He loves it so much!" -Holly, 2015
  • From Andres, a parent:"Mario, (he) is really learning a lot !! He's really happy and proud about his progress." -Andres 2015
  • "...It is so much fun to see her grow and blossom thanks for your help! " Scott, parent of a 4 year old student, 2015
  • "It is my pleasure to coordinate with you. All the kids and parents like your class!" -Annie, a parent who organized a small group of children for chess lessons in her neighborhood -2015
  • "...enjoyed the time together. I like how you quickly zeroed in on...And I like how you helped him think about the board positions at that point, and more generally focus on process of evaluating a board...I can tell that you have a lot to offer ... and are a good person to add to his life." -Andy, Jan. 2016
  • "Really appreciate your help and going the extra mile..." -Eric, 2015
  • "I heard lots of good things about you and your chess classes." Lei 2015
  • "Hi Mario, Thank you for your encouraging comments. I was quite impressed with your teaching methods. I can tell that you have spent countless hours refining your teaching approach to suit kids of his age. I thoroughly enjoyed your double punch and other analogies." -Senthil, 2014
  • "Mario,...Congratulations that you are having more and more student demand. It is your enthusiasm and sincere effort on chess teaching that built this career. For parents, good teacher is always greatly appreciated." -Jun, 2013
  • "We always think its a gift to have you as (his) chess instructor for these years. He learned a lot from you and had wonderful time with you. Thanks for everything you've done for him." -2014; "Mario, Thank you so much for everything you have done for ... He couldn't be good without your help." -Vivian,  2013
  • "Thanks so much to you too for a great instructional and fun day!"; "Thanks very much! The kids really enjoyed the class as well! Of course (they) had to play several games of chess last night..." -Mark, 2013
  • "We appreciate all of your patience, insight, and guidance in helping (him) along his chess journey." -Kerri, 2013
  • "...Not only your professionalism, but also your humble and calm impressed us a lot. (he) is lucky to have you as his tutor..." -Frank, 2013
  • "It was awesome to have such a wonderful class as one of the enrichment classes."-Sarah, 2013
  • "We are so thankful to have found you. The girls always look forward to chess class. You will succeed in all of your future endeavors because you have passion for teaching, and chess."; "Thanks so much! ...(she) was really proud ... She has gained confidence over the summer..." -8/2013
  • "Mario, Thank You so much for your classes, wonderful ability to capture kids' attention, and get them learn a challenging subject!" -2013; "I appreciate your honest opinions and feedback! Big Thank You!! Smile I wish all teacher /coaches would be like you!" -Kirsi, 2012
  • "Hello Mario, We are very impressed by your teaching and enthusiasm. The kids learned a great deal from today's lesson." -2012; "The boys are very excited and motivated. You are a great instructor." -2012; You are an excellent chess instructor. Thanks for your coaching...They have been more confident since taking your class. -Jeffrey, 2012
  • "...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 classes. He doesn't feel intimidated playing strong players any more. Dec 19, 2011: "... I learned to be flexible in the opening, mobility ... Great to get on the right path from the beginning… I know you did a lot of prep work to provide tailored teaching." Dec 16, 2011: "...won against a 1500 last night. Another big confidence booster. More importantly, this is the first game he did well in planning and having a purpose for attack. He planned everything around the classic bishop sac that you taught him ... executed on it and gained advantage… (student) said 'Mario's teaching works! I like bishop sac'." Dec 4, 2011: "Mario,…Great learning from your analyses on Saturday. I think you emphasized the key points enough so they should stick … Other end games, Bishop sac, and ripping h file open started to sink in. …You made great points on initiating attacks... (Student) is now a little more purposeful." Nov 21, 2011, "... had a very successful tourney on Sunday at SDCC. ...got 1st place in the intermediate section…" Nov 14, 2011, ""Mario, Really appreciate your efforts to prepare for lessons!" Nov 12, 2011: "... learned a lot about middle game and end game. Analyzing his game really made the learning relevant to him." Sept. 7, 2011: "... has improved in opening, strategies, and thinking through..." Aug. 19, 2011: "Mario, Thanks for the analyzing games outside of classes. Really appreciate that... Now that we have a better understanding of his strengths and weaknesses, we can more effectively help him improve" -Jerry
  • "Hello Mario. ...you have a believer in me..." 2011; "You are numero uno in our book." -Francisco 2012
  • "Thanks so much for monitoring (his) progress and for your extra effort... I appreciate them. From day one your passion and enthusiasm to chess and your diligence and hard working are constantly impressing me." -2011; "I'm glad to see (his) consistent progress and performance in the recent games. His effort and your coaching finally paid off. Thank you for working very hard to make this happen." 2011; "Mario, I'm excited about (student) having his first chess teacher. I'm also very happy with your first lesson. You are very well prepared and organized. I'm sure (he) will make progress under your guidance. I believe you will fill his weakness so he can get well rounded in chess..." -David, 2009
  • "Mario, it was great having you help out at the kids chess tournament. I know having you there made it more fun. I know they took more pride in their wins with their chess teacher there. For the first time ever after a chess tournament, both of them wanted to go over one of their games with me when we got home. They will probably want to show you as well next Saturday." -Tom, a 20+ year board member of the San Diego Chess Club.
  • "Hi Mario!! ..After quietly observing your interactions with (student), you have an amazing gift for teaching kids. I am so grateful to have found someone like you..." -Sandra 1999