$70/hour for one student ($65 for cash); +$30 travel fee for home visits.

  •  -$5 military discount for private lessons (for children only; library only)
  •  +$5 for each additional student sharing the same private lesson.
  • A less expensive option is to enroll in group chess classes taught by Mario for children since 2012, located at Miramar College Campus. To register for the group classes, visit San Diego Hua Xia Chinese School (SDHXCS) website. SDHXCS is the largest (over 1000 children) non-profit Chinese school in San Diego, meeting at Miramar College on Sundays. 29 classes run from September until May for $450 which works out to $15.52 per class (-$100 discount if also enrolled in Chinese class). Enrollment period is late August/September each year. See SDHXCS website for times and chess class details.

What Is Included With Private Lessons:

  • Before each lesson Mario Amodeo prepares a written outline of a personalized, structured lesson that is part of a curriculum to meet your goals and expectations.
  • All relevant homework provided after careful consideration.
  • Guidance to supplemental resources.
  • All lessons are always taught completely by Candidate Master Mario Amodeo and nobody else.
  • Mario continues to be a resource between lessons by email or phone for general discussion such as student progress or urgent questions.
  • For current long-term and former long-term students, Mario has happily volunteered to write objective letters of recommendations.
  • Mario sometimes volunteers at local scholastic tournaments students typically attend.

Location Choices

  • Chula Vista Library, Civic Center Branch located at 365 F Street, Chula Vista, CA 91910. There is no travel fee for this location.
  • Online video conferencing for a virtual face to face lesson with a computer chessboard so both coach and student can move the pieces with a mouse. There is no travel fee for online lessons.
  • $30 travel fee for other locations (Sunday is the only travel day).

Contact Information:

call or text 619-508-2312

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