Private Sessions: $65 for 50 minutes

$65 for check; $60 for cash.  These rates are for Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Thursdays only – not Fridays, Saturdays or Sundays. An additional travel fee may apply. Please see below for travel fee details.

Classroom (group lessons)

  • Mario will be teaching another session of chess classes at Parkway Recreation Center 6pm-6:50pm Fridays beginning July 12, 2019 at 373 Park Way, Chula Vista, CA 91910. For beginners ages 6 thru 12. Cost: $48 for 8 classes ($6 per class – a special low rate). Register at the Parkway Recreation Center or online at and click on the blue “register online” button or click here
  • Since 2012: chess classes taught by Mario for children on Sundays at San Diego Hua Xia Chinese School (SDHXCS). To register visit SDHXCS website. SDHXCS is the largest  non-profit Chinese school in San Diego, meeting Sundays at the Miramar College Campus (over 1000 children). 29 classes / $450 (only $350 if also enrolled in Chinese class). Enrollment period: August/September. See SDHXCS website for times and chess class details.
  • If you have a class or group of students: cost per class is usually between $100 – $250, depending on things like commute time, time of day, day of week.
  • All chess classes are always taught only by Coach Mario Amodeo – no employees; no subcontractors.

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 and Travel Fees

Locations where travel fees do not apply:
  • 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.
A travel fee applies to all other locations:
  • Travel fees apply for driving to your location. Most students avoid all travel fees by meeting with Coach Mario online. The amount of the travel fee depends on where you are located and if there is going to be rush hour traffic during Mario’s commute to and from you location. See travel fee chart at the bottom of this page for more details.

Contact Information:

call Mario at 619-508-2312

Volunteering at the 2000 San Diego Math Olympiad, SDSU campus