Before checking out the ‘achievements’ below, please remember, as with mastering a sport or musical instrument, the long process must be enjoyed. For parents, here are some suggestions to facilitate enjoyment: positive feedback; attend and be cheerful at tournaments. For adults, enjoyment is still a key to improvement.

A selection of chess tournament accomplishments and recognition achieved by current and past students (please note this page is rarely updated anymore):

· a student for 6 years: early action into Princeton University 2016.

·Very first one-on-one student (1999-2001) graduated Yale class of 2014.

-9 year old rated about 1850, a current student for almost four years, defeated a 2150 player in tournament play in 2017. Two weeks later, he defeated another 2150 player and drew a 2050 player in tournament play.

-Kevin just made master early 2016. A former student (12 lessons in 2012 when Kevin was about 10 years old – his first chess lessons). Congratulations Kevin for making master in early teens and winning California 2016 SuperStates team championship!

– 9 year old achieved 2nd/3rd tie in U/1700 section of the Dreaming King Open, a significant tournament that included seasoned adults, in January 2016.

-Bruce, an adult, won his section with a perfect 6-0 at the San Diego Chess Club Nov 2015, increasing his rating by +329 in one tournament to 1771.

·Chess student 09′-15′, attends Bishop’s H.S. and volunteers to teach chess herself (Sundays 1-3pm at the La Jolla Riford Library since 2013 except holidays and vacation breaks).

2014 and before (by 2015, many students are achieving top tournament prizes on a weekly basis in competition in open tournaments):

·1st Place San Diego Chess Club Summer Scholastic 2014 Intermediate Section

·2st Place San Diego Chess Club Summer Scholastic 2014 Advanced Section

·1st Place children’s section, 4th Annual All-County Chess Tournament, San Diego County Library System, held at Sunnyside-Bonita Branch in 2014

·2nd Place children’s section, 4th Annual All-County Chess Tournament, San Diego County Library System, held at Sunnyside-Bonita Branch in 2014

·Two students who take chess lessons with Mario Amodeo are in the top 100 on the current United States Chess Federation ratings list for 7 year olds and under as of 2014.

· An 8 year old shared Best Under 1200 prize, 2014 Recession Buster Open

· A 9 year old won clear first place at the Coronado Chess Championship 2013, Intermediate Section.

· An 8 year old won second place at the Coronado Chess Championship 2013, Intermediate Section.

· A 9 year old tied for third place at the Coronado Chess Championship 2013, Intermediate Section.

· A 7 year old students won second place at the Coronado Chess Championship 2013, Novice Section.

· A 9 year old won first place with a perfect 5-0 score at the 2013 Annual San Diego Chess Club Summer Scholastic.

· A 6 year old student won the under 1000 section first place at the 2013 American Stars Scholastic Championship.

·Best under 1400 prize, 2012 San Diego County Championships

·Best under 1500 prize, 2012 San Diego County Championships

· First Place, Under 900 section, 17th Annual Pacific Coast Open (2012), Agoura Hills, CA

· Second Place, 2012 MDC Scholastic, Open Section, Ontario, CA

· First Place, San Diego Chess Club Class E Champion 2011

· First Place, Intermediate Section of the San Diego Chess Club Fall Scholastic Championship 2011

· First Place, Booster Section of the San Diego County Championship 2011

· Fred Borges Reserve 2011, 2 students tied for Best Under 1400 Prize (both were rated below 725 when they started lessons)

· 2 Students gained over 100 rating points each in the Buddy Morris Open at the San Diego Chess Club 2010

· Third Place, City Wide San Diego Fall Scholastic Chess Tournament, Reserve Section 2009

· Second Place, Chess Palace Junior Tournament 2009

· A 9 year old student won first place at the 2012 Southern California Championships Under 1400 rating. This section included many adults!

· Another 11 year old student’s annotated game and accompanying letter was published in Chess Life Magazine, July 2012, in Grandmaster Lev Alburt’s ‘Back to Basics’ column, titled “Preparing the Classic Bishop Sacrifice“.

Second Place 2001 6th grade Chess Division of the San Diego Math Olympiad

First Place 1998 2nd grade  San Diego City-Wide Scholastic Tournament (graduated Yale 2014)

First Place 1997 3rd grade San Diego City-Wide Scholastic Tournament

Current student began lessons with Mario in July 2013 at age 5

Current student since September 2009 when she was 9 years old

Student September 2009 when she was 9 years old until September 2015

 

Performance rating progress of a 9 year old who started chess lesson with Mario in February of 2012.

USCF ratings progress for a student who started chess lessons every other week with Mario in July 2011 at 10 years of age. Update: as of 2016 Kevin, who moved on long ago, is now a master and winner of superstate team championship.


Ratings history graph of a current adult (40 something) student who started monthly chess lessons with Mario in October of 2010.









Using metrics to gauge the value of an experience has it’s limitations. I try not to focus

on ratings and trophies. Here are a couple of articles to share that capture the attitudes closest to my heart (just click on the title of each article to open the pdf file):

The Problem With Trophies by Robert Musicant

 

It’s time to redefine ‘success’ for kids by Susan DeMersseman

Performance rating progress of a 9 year old boy who started weekly chess lessons with Mario in December 2009

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Who says it’s not about the trophy! 😉