United States

MISSION

The goal of Metro Chess School (“Metro Chess”) is to promote educational opportunities for today’s youth through the use of chess instruction. We aim to make such opportunities widely available through high quality, low cost chess education for students K-9.




Levels for everyone


We're experienced in teaching new players who have no experience all the way beyond master level. So regardless of your level, we've got you covered.


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Levels for Everyone

Beginner

  • Pawn
  • King
  • Rook
  • Bishop
  • Queen
  • Knight
  • Castling
  • En Passant
  • Promotion
  • Piece Value
  • Checkmate
  • Stalemate

Intermediate

  • Opening Secrets
  • Phases of a Game
  • Pins
  • Skewers
  • Forks
  • Queen and King vs King Checkmate
  • Rook and King vs King Checkmate
  • Two Queen and King vs King Checkmate
  • Two Rook and King vs King Checkmate
  • Checkmate Sacrifices
  • Back Rank Checkmate
  • Smothered Checkmate
  • Queen + Bishop Checkmate
  • Common Two Move Checkmates
  • Forcing Stalemate
  • Threefold Repetition
  • Insufficient Material
  • 50 Move Rule

Advanced

  • Discovered Attack
  • Distraction
  • Sacrifice
  • Zwischenzug
  • Zugzwang
  • X-Ray
  • Overprotecting
  • Retreating
  • Diagonal Opposition
  • Horizontal Opposition
  • Passed Pawns
  • Famous Players & Games
  • Epaulette Mate
  • Anastasia's Mate
  • Cozio's Checkmate
  • And many more Checkmate Patterns

Tournament

  • Simplifying
  • Pairing Rules and Wall Charts
  • Create an Opening Repertoire
  • Active king, Active rook
  • Chess Psychology
  • Nursing an Advantage
  • Evaluating a Position
  • Exchange Sacrifices
  • How to Defend Bad Positions
  • Opening Tricks and Traps
  • When to Trade
  • Notating Chess
  • Coming up with a Plan
  • Common Rook Endgames
  • Gambit and Tempo
  • Tournament Rules

Expert

  • Space Advantages
  • Opposite Side Castling
  • Principle of Two Weaknesses
  • Unbalanced Position
  • When Not to Castle
  • Out-flanking
  • Minority Attack
  • Pawn Storm
  • Counterattack
  • Mobilization
  • Interference
  • Opposite Colored Bishops
  • Power of Bishop Pair
  • Pawn Structures

Master

  • Fortresses
  • Outposts
  • Bishop and Knight checkmate
  • Triangulation
  • Shouldering
  • Philidor Endgame
  • Lucena Position
  • Vancura Position
  • Umbrella Method
  • Breaking a Fortress
  • Weak Squares
  • Piece Paralysis
  • Two Bishop Checkmate
  • Blockading
  • Bishop vs Knights

Summer Camp

Our summer camps are perfect for learning chess in an immersive sustained setting while being enjoyable for the students.

After School Program

Our award winning after school program is in extreme demand. Don't just take our word for it - see below what both parents and school administrators are saying.

Before school program

Our before school programs are well received and can be added to your school to start before normal the normal school day begins.

Developmental workshops

Our developmental workshops are usually 1 full/all day chess sessions that are great to improve your chess ability. We've worked with students with a variety of ages and have experience dealing with any group setting.

In school Programs

Looking for a program to add as an elective class to your school? We've got you covered. Whether it's for credit or non-credit, we've worked with programs looking to add elective classes and have experience with in-school sessions.

Special events

Have a special event like a birthday? Or just curious if our program would be a good fit. Contact us and let's talk.

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OUR UNIQUE SYSTEM

Each class begins with a quick, fun, and informative lecture that introduces players and events from all over the world. Our experienced instructors are then able to assess what the students will need to learn next to continue their rapid chess development. The instruction is also paired with weekly chess workbook exercises that students can use to improve their skills at home.

WHAT WE OFFER

We provide chess instruction in schools across the United States. Each class meets one hour a week for eight to sixteen weeks. Classes are priced as low as $15 per class which includes a chess workbook to supplement their progress. Our classroom provides a safe learning environment where every student can have fun while playing and studying chess.

WHY CHESS 

The many benefits of learning chess have been documented and proven through the use of scientific studies. Students who study chess often improve in skills such as calculation, spatial reasoning, concentration, focus, planning, logic, and creativity.

PROGRAM DETAILS

class structure

The class begins with a 5-10 minute presentation of chess culture and history. Following that is 10-15 minutes of detailed chess instruction. The class finishes with guided practice games for 25-30 minutes with the instructor providing helpful tips and advice to each student.

Curriculum

Our instruction is divided into beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels. Beginner students are taught all of the rules and basics of chess. Intermediate students learn basic tactics, strategy, and effective calculation techniques. Advanced students are taught to solve complex tactical puzzles and are introduced to strategies for the middlegame and endgame.

SCHOOL TESTIMONIALS

  • "The class was great. I wanted to thank you for helping to sort everything out... I hope our students will be attending chess club for many sessions."

    - Director of Afterschool Programs, School in Georgia
  • "You all did a fantastic job of teaching my challenging students chess and I would recommend you to anyone who was seeking your services. The nature of our [special needs] kids is that they move from one “focused” activity to another to another and so on... [but] I bet a number of them will come back to it because of the joy you brought to them in playing this game."

    - Director of School, School in California
  • "We would be interested in continuing our chess sessions [for the school year]... What a successful program, the children love it!"

    - Head of School, School in Minnesota

FAQ

1. What makes Metro Chess different than other programs?

Metro Chess offers chess education at the most affordable price with the highest quality level of instruction.

2. Are the instructors background checked?

Yes, our instructors are background checked.

3. Is your program insured?

Yes, we have general liability and professional liability insurance coverage.

4. What is the age range/skill level for classes?

The range is K-9 for levels beginner to advanced.

5. Are your instructors trained in "X"? (e.g. VIRTUS training)

Depending on your school needs, we will send someone with the appropriate training to your school.

testimonials

  • "When my son started playing he was a complete beginner, now he is a rated chess player! "

    -Joyce Wong Kup, Parent
  • "Chess Director Dylan is wonderful at connecting with the children and creating learning opportunities. "

    -April Denne, Parent
  • "My son gained chess skills, had fun and became more confident through his experience with after school chess instruction."

    -Evie Clifford, Parent

JOIN OUR TEAM

Have a passion for both chess and teaching? Then join us!

  • CLASSROOM INSTRUCTOR

  • Classroom Instructors - Do you have experience working with children? Are you a strong or avid chess player? Do you have a passion for teaching chess? Attach your resume and tell us a little about your chess experience when you apply.

    Apply Here
  • ASSISTANT PROGRAM DIRECTOR

  • Assistant Program Director - Do you have strong managerial skills? Do you have experience working with school administrators? Are you passionate about playing or teaching chess? Attach your resume and tell us a little about your chess experience when you apply

    Apply Here
  • INTERNS

  • Interns - Are you a college student looking for real world experience? Are you passionate about chess and want to work with children? Are you looking for a program to fulfill your work study hours? Attach your resume and tell us a little about your chess experience when you apply.

    Apply Here

About us

Metro Chess School (“Metro Chess”) gives students the tools to succeed in life through learning the game of chess. We serve students in schools all over the United States. Metro Chess School is a brand of Metropolitan Chess, Inc. an organization dedicated to providing opportunities for chess players to learn, improve, and grow.

Dylan Quercia
Director of Scholastic Programs
BIO:

Dylan Quercia is the Director of Scholastic Programs of Metropolitan Chess, Inc. He has been working with elementary and middle school aged students for over 10 years. He has been playing chess for over 20 years is currently ranked as an expert. He attended the University of Illinois at Chicago and holds a B.S. in Biological Sciences. After college, he moved to Los Angeles with his wife. In Los Angeles, he worked for a major non-profit and built a chess program with over 4000 students a year. He has a goal to reach many more students and instill in them a love of the royal game!

Ankit Gupta
President

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