Private Sessions: $65 for 50 minutes

What is included with Private Chess Lessons:
  • Before each lesson coach Mario Amodeo prepares a lesson that is based on your goals.
  • Homework assignments are provided, as well as guidance to supplemental resources.
  • Mario continues to be a resource between lessons by email or phone for general discussion such as student progress or urgent questions.
  • For long-term students, Mario is happy to write objective letters of recommendations.
  • Mario has assisted with recommending and finding volunteer opportunities for high school age students. This can be of help when making career choices and when planning ahead before applying to colleges and universities.
  • All lessons are always taught completely and only by Candidate Master Mario Amodeo.
  • Since 1997 Mario has volunteered at countless non-profit local scholastic tournaments in the San Diego County.

Classroom Options (group lessons)

  • Parkway Recreation Center next session beginning October 4, 2019 from 5pm to 5:50pm at 373 Park Way, Chula Vista, CA 91910. For beginners and intermediate players ages 6 thru 14. Cost: $48 for 8 classes ($6 per class). Register in person at Parkway Rec Center or online at
  • Since 2012: Meeting Sundays at the Miramar College Campus – children only; 31 classes (September thru May). Register in August online with San Diego Hua Xia Chinese School.
  • If you have a class or group of students: cost usually is $175 for 1 hour, $300 for 2 hours, or $400 for 3 hours for groups if we meet in most parts of San Diego. There is a $50 discount for groups if we meet at the Chula Vista Library, Civic Center branch, or if we meet at Memorial Park in Chula Vista.
  • All chess classes are taught by Candidate Master Mario Amodeo only and always. No substitutes, no subcontractors; no employees.

Location Choices & Availability

  • Chula Vista Library, Civic Center Branch located at 365 F Street, Chula Vista, CA 91910.
  • Online video conferencing for a virtual face-to-face lesson. Both coach and student can move the chess pieces with a mouse on the computer screen. This is how most students meet with Coach Mario for private lessons.
  • Weekdays mornings 9:30am to 11:30am except Fridays.
  • Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays starting about 5pm and later.
  • Saturday mornings.
Not available Saturday afternoons or evenings. Not available on Sundays.

Contact Information:

call Mario at 619-508-2312

Volunteering at the 2000 San Diego Math Olympiad, SDSU campus