Private Sessions: $65 for 50 minutes

Discounts only for demonstrated economic hardship. Not available Saturdays or Sundays.

Classroom (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; 30 classes (August 30, 2019-May 2020) children only. Register in August online with San Diego Hua Xia Chinese School (SDHXCS website).
  • If you have a class or group of students: cost per class depends on what you want, but usually is about $100/hr if we meet at the Chula Vista Library, Civic Center Branch, or about $200/hr if we meet in most parts of San Diego.
  • All chess classes are taught by Coach Mario Amodeo only and always. No employees; no subcontractors; no substitutes.

What Is Included With Private Lessons:

  • Before each lesson Mario Amodeo prepares a personalized, structured lesson that is part of a curriculum based on your goals.
  • Homework assignments are provided.
  • 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. This can be of help when making career choices and when applying to colleges and universities.
  • Mario has volunteered at countless non-profit local scholastic tournaments students typically attend since 1997.
  • All lessons are always taught completely and only by Candidate Master Mario Amodeo.

Location Choices

  • 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.

Contact Information:

call Mario at 619-508-2312

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