XcellCHESS Classes

Chess Classes:

Classes will focus on general tactics and strategy training, and will include targeted homework assignments to help each student individually and realize their full potential. Each class is designed to be interactive for kids, and will consist of lectures, and group exercises, with prizes given out at the end!

Class Format : – 1 hour lesson/Activity & 30 min. serious games

Coaches :

National Master H. Manvelyan - Saturday Classes

Senior Master A. Arutyunian -  Wednesday Classes

Vahak Mandjian -  Friday Classes

Free Access to Online Homework

Free Drop In Play on Wednesdays from 6 - 8:30pm

Schedule & Fees

Intermediate Class: Saturdays

10:00am – 11:30pm

Recommended for players below 800 rating level.

In this class kids will learn the fundamentals of chess, tactics, and different checkmates. They will also learn tournament rules and how to succeed in a tournament. The class aims to build a strong foundation before kids start learning different openings and strategy.

Coach: NM Hayk Manvelyan

6 Classes - $150 (1 make up class allowed)

12 Classes - $260 (2 make up classes allowed)

Drop in - $30

REGISTER - 6 Classes

REGISTER - 12 Classes

Intermediate - Advanced Class: Saturdays

11:35am – 1:05pm

Recommended for players between 800 – 1400 rating level.

This class will focus more on strategy and game analysis. Students in this class will be required to notate their games in class and analyze them as part of their homework. The instructor will go over the game analysis in the beginning of each class.

Coach: NM Hayk Manvelyan

6 Classes - $150 (1 make up class allowed)

12 Classes - $260 (2 make up classes allowed)

Drop in - $30

REGISTER - 6 Classes

REGISTER - 12 Classes

Intermediate Class: Fridays

6 – 7:30pm

This class will focus more on Logic and Memory. Students in this class will train to visualize their position on the board and learn how to calculate few moves ahead. Students will also be required to notate their games in class and analyze them as part of their homework.

Coach: Vahak Mandjian

6 Classes - $150 (1 make up class allowed)

12 Classes - $260 (2 make up classes allowed)

Drop in - $30

REGISTER - 6 Classes

REGISTER - 12 Classes

Advanced Class: Wednesdays - Small Group

7 – 8:30pm

This class will focus more on Logic and Memory. Students in this class will train to visualize their position on the board and learn how to calculate few moves ahead. Students will also be required to notate their games in class and analyze them as part of their homework.

Coach: Arthur Arutjunian

6 Classes - $180 (1 make up class allowed)

Drop in - $40

REGISTER - 6 Classes


Coach WFM Alexandra Botez

Coach WFM Alexandra Botez is a member of the Canadian Olympiad Chess Team, and former president of the Stanford University Chess Club. She is a 5 time girls national champion in Canada and won the U.S. girls nationals when she was 15. She also has 8+ years of teaching experience.

Coach Hayk Manvelyan

Coach Hayk Manvelyan is a National Master with an ELO rating of about 2300. He has been teaching chess at various chess programs for over 4 years. Hayk won the North American Open (under 2300) twice and the Far West (under 2000). He has won games vs several International Masters. He is now a student at UC Santa Cruz.


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