After graduating biochemistry (B.S.) from University at Buffalo, Mario Amodeo worked in the San Diego biotech industry for over 12 years. He began teaching chess to groups in 1997 while still working in biotech. Private coaching began in 1999. Mario also did income tax returns for a couple of years before focusing on chess coaching full time beginning in 2013. Mario is a husband and father.
State of California Substitute Teaching Permit for 2009-2010 (click for screenshot) IMDb credit: Chess Consultant for The Samuel Project

The excerpt below, “Three Amigos…”, is reproduced from a clipping originally published on a discontinued San Diego Chess Club Website:

“ 8/06/2004, San Diego Open Rounds 1 & 2, Reported by Secretary Chuck Ensey_

Three Amigos Lead The Upper Section 2-0

…The star of the night was Mario Amodeo who just keeps surprising us with his over the top efforts. National Master Carl Wagner has suffered several upsets this year, but I doubt if he’s lost his touch. I think the club has just come up with some outstanding new players to challenge him, maybe with styles or openings he’s not familiar with, I don’t know, but Mario has been playing solid all year and the thrill of 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."

National Master Carl Wagner Lost To The Club's Soon-To-Be-Expert Mario Amodeo

for Coach Mario's chess tips for parents click here The Problem With Trophies It's time to redefine 'success' for kids  

The excerpt below is from Benjamin Franklin’s essay, “The Morals of Chess”:

“The game of Chess is not merely an idle amusement. Several very valuable qualities of the mind, useful in the course of human life, are to be acquired or strengthened by it, so as to become habits, ready on all occasions. We may learn foresight…, circumspection…, caution… and lastly, we learn by chess the habit of not being discouraged by present bad appearances in the state of our affairs, and that of persevering in the search for resources.”

Mario with his wife Irma, a first grade teacher who is learning chess!

I actually started in 1988 with a rating of 1362.

Mario actually started playing tournament chess at the San Diego Chess Club in 1988 with a rating of 1362.