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Vancouver Chess School is an outstanding institution for children’s chess education at any age. I was amazed how VCS team could maintain the tempo during the pandemic and continues to teach chess lessons, run online quads and organize regional events in this unprecedented time. Gyan is an awesome chess instructor and tournament director, and he always provide me feedback in my son’s performance and discuss home-based training plan. Most importantly, VCS’s online tool “ChessHero” is really helpful to drill tactics and endgames while keep chess fun and entertaining. I strongly recommend VCS to all parents and children who wish to give chess a try!...

Apr 25, 2021 Vincent Cui

My son enjoys learning chess from this school and has been in this school more than 3 years. The teachers are very kind, respectful and professional. My son loves to attend the classes there. All the tournaments and different classes make learning chess a big fun for my son. We strongly recommend this school as this is the top chess school in BC.

Mar 19, 2021 Kelly Meng

My son has been learning chess in VCS for three years, and he enjoyed classes/plays very well. The school has not only taught kids chess in classes, but also given them many opportunities to apply what they've learned in classes. The teachers concerned about each student's progress in various ways including communicating with parents, coaching players at provincial/national tournaments, and treating each child for her/his special needs. They did a lot of extra works out side of the classes. The kids not only learned chess knowledge and skills at VCS, but also learned how to behave in good manner in a team and as a player. Definitely, it's a fun place for children to learn and play....

Apr 12, 2016 Jenny Li

My kids enjoy learning and playing at Vancouver Chess School. Both the classes and tournaments are well-organized and the teachers are super friendly and patient. The kids are always encouraged to learn from their mistakes and inspired by the steady progress they made. The measurement to get promoted to a new level is strict, but it's a rewarding experience. We are very proud of them and appreciate for VCS' dedication.

Sep 4, 2021 Lin Lin

My son started chess class at VCS 2 years ago and had loads of fun. The chess school arranges class systematically and strategically which ensures the kids build up solid foundation for the next level. I recommend the school for kids who enjoy brainy activities and challenges.

Jun 8, 2021 Xuejing Liu

Great chess school! My son Sky loves learning and playing chess at VCS.

Apr 11, 2021 Vera Cui

Veronica learned a ton from all the teachers who were there teaching during the training sessions of the Canadian Chess Challenge. It was all incredibly useful and they provided many resources to help the students.

Jul 6, 2021 Veronica Guo

VCS is a great place. The teachers are very patients and caring. My son learned a lot and chess skills and made lots of friends.

May 14, 2021 Peter Chan

Vancouver Chess School is an absolutely wonderful school for kids. Moving up from lower level class (Pawn) to higher ones ( Bishop) is a good way to build children’s motivation. All coaches and staff are super friendly and professional. They are dedicated to help kids learn chess. My son loves being in the community including the classes and extra activities, Christmas party, summer beach picnic, etc. The head coach, Mr. Gyan, is an awesome teacher, very sharp at student’s strong and weak points. “Mr. G is strict and fun.” , my son said. We love this school. It’s a place to help your kids become top players or just have some fun....

Mar 24, 2021 Jane Huang

At the Vancouver Chess School, students learn much more than Chess!! It is a fun, inclusive and welcoming school, where students have the opportunity to compete at a high level, but more importantly they also learn life lessons. Learning how to win and lose graciously, set goals, have honour, get along with others, and most importantly have fun. Vancouver Chess School is our son's second home, and we feel so grateful for the mentorship and support he has received over the past three years. Thank you for everything you have done and continue to do for Wesley!!!...

Jan 10, 2021 Jennifer Russel

My son and daughter, aged 8 and 10, are members of VCS. They joined in 2019 April and since then they have enjoyed their lessons with Mr. G. VanChess has an online platform where chess puzzles, homeworks are regularly posted. Mr. G is an extremely dedicated chess teacher and also very responsive over emails. He is patient and caring towards his students. And I must add very impartial too. My children are still member of Vanchess and we continue to do so.

Mar 11, 2021 Preeti Jaiman

We joined Vancouver Chess School after watching the movie.. "Finding Bobby Fischer". Our son, who was then learning chess online with a chess instructor based outside of Canada, was ready for more challenges and hence, we thought of looking for a local school. I got in touch with Maxim from Vancouver Chess Academy and he was very prompt in responding to my email. The courses have been going great and the weekly class tournaments along with CMA rated tournaments are helping our son understand the professional and competitive side of playing chess. We are very happy with the way their online classes are conducted. We can't recommend this school enough....

Sep 15, 2021 Maitrayee Shah

In Vancouver Chess School, there has a complete and systematic chess education system, rich and interesting practice resources, and tournaments for all levels players weekly and monthly. Most importantly, it has a team who love chess and are willing to spread chess. Highly recommended!

Jun 3, 2020 Crystal

We have proudly been with Vancouver Chess School since day one and we have always experienced high-quality and productive lessons from all the instructors here. Not only that, but the coaches are always there to provide constructive feedback on areas where the child needs their room for growth. Additionally, we love how the school has also smoothly adapted to an online-based earning platform; eager learners are even able to communicate and feel challenged with even more peers, seeking for both an enjoyable and experiential experience! We highly recommend this school for any students who have an enthusiastic mindset about learning how to enhance or better their knowledge of the wonders of chess!...

Mar 16, 2021 Sharon Zhang

My son started learning chess at Vancouver Chess School, and he's been there for one and half year now. It is fun for him, and it teaches him important life lessons. For example, defeat helps you become stronger. When he got low scores in a tournament, he was motivated to learn from his mistakes which got him full marks in the next tournament. The coaches at VCS is inspiring, encouraging and supportive. This means a lot to a kid, and we really appreciate it. They have a variety of programs to meet individual needs, and the students can move to a higher level class whenever they meet the requirements. They also provide a plenty of opportunities for students to polish their skills, such as quads, monthly tournaments, online chess games and much more....

Jan 7, 2021 Alice Fan

VCS is a great chess school for kids. They have a lot of excellent programs, all well organized. The coaches are nice and experienced. My 8-year-old son has been there learning to play chess for more than 2 years, and he really enjoys the time with the coaches and friends. Thank you VCS for all the online courses and games, especially during this hard pandemic time.

Jul 12, 2021 Gem Yu

Vancouver Chess School has given my 2 kids a fun, intellectual and safe space to hang out with other like-minded children. They have very competent and experienced instructors. Both their in-person (pre-Covid) and virtual (post-Covid) instruction are very engaging and enjoyable. Both my kids love every minute of their lessons and the in-house tournaments organized by the school. So great to be part of VCS community! Highly recommend the school to anyone who would like to train their minds or learn a new skill.

Mar 15, 2021 Khangmin Lee

My son wanted to take chess lessons last year before the lockdown, so I signed up for the spring term for him. I was concerned about the effectiveness of the online lessons, but it has turned out to be a great experience for my son. He learned and improved a lot during the past year. The school has a wonderful website for the students to practice and to learn through fun exercises. It also offers many tournaments for the students to play games with those who are same levels. Two good friends of my son also signed up and have had good experiences after they heard from our experiences. If you are interested in private lessons, the instructors have been good. A very organized online platform, would definitely recommend for all levels of chess players....

Apr 20, 2021 Miranda Li

Vancouver Chess School does a great job of sparking excitement for chess in kids. Their regular tournaments are very well organized, and they have gone the extra mile in making sure tournaments, events, and lessons have continued during COVID lockdowns. You can tell that the people who run the school are passionate about bringing chess to a new generation of children - Gyan and Stephen have both been extremely kind and supportive of my son's progress in Chess - and been a key part of why he's progressed as much as he has. I can't recommend this school highly enough!...

May 18, 2021 Roger Patterson

Teachers at VCS are professional, caring and inspiring. It is a wonderful place to learn, compete and grow. Online classes & tournaments are very well organized during this trying time. My kid really enjoys her classes and she is super happy to be part of this excellent community. Students get to learn resilience & courage while improving their chess skills. Highly recommended if you are looking for a chess program for your kids.

May 11, 2021 Helen Chai

This is an exceptional chess school that helped my child develop an incredible passion in the field of chess. The instructors are all engaging and helpful. There are many camps, tournaments, and other chess related activities for the kids to do. Also, the online website is very well developed in providing many exercises for the kids to practice at home. Overall, I'm glad that I decided to enroll my kid and will highly recommend this chess school.

Jul 8, 2021 Paul Du

We are very happy to have found VCS. My Daughter (8 yr old) loves her classes and really looks forward to them, as well as spending time having fun and learning with the other kids that have an the same passion for the game as she does. The lessons , homework and the tournaments have been very instructive and its been amazing to watch her progress.

Sep 12, 2021 Dragon Draconian

This is a great place to let your child learn playing chess. The teachers are extremely friendly and experienced. The school is well organized with different levels and tournament opportunities, very professional. They have a computer system that allows kids to practice their skills or playing games with peers outside the class time all free. My son has been with VCS for more than a year and has greatly improved his skills. Back in March in Mr. Gyan's class, it happened to be my son's birthday, and he ended up receiving tons of birthday greeting messages from his classmates. It made his day, especially when no birthday party was possible due to Covid, he had the celebration in class! I would highly recommend VSC to everyone. Thank you so much....

Sep 2, 2021 Linda Shen

My son has been learning chess in VSC for more than two years. He gained a lot of chess strategies and practice opportunities there. The most important thing is that my son is inspired all the time to face the challenge and do his best. I feel my family is involved in all his tournaments and some special events, like year-end parties and beach picnics. Teachers are knowledgeable and patient. The login system is helpful and good to use. Especially during this Covid time, my son's group classes and school activities had been switched to online smoothly. Appreciate!...

Jun 18, 2020 Si Chen

A great chess school. Our kid Leon attended his very first chess tournament in this school three years ago and now won his provincial champion and represent BC to win his first national champion. For the Canadian Chess Challenge 2021, the school offered special trainings for the BC team including chess tactics and practices as well as team spirits, my kid learned not only chess but also team work. Thanks a lot for the school and thanks a lot for the coach/organizer.

Jul 5, 2021 Leon Gong

Our older son got curious about chess earlier this year - in the middle of the pandemic - and so we were happy to learn that Vanchess offered all classes in virtual form. After some cautious initial attempts at a private lesson and some group lessons he became more and more motivated and immersed, in no small part to the quality and breadth of activity offered by the school including group lessons, private lessons, many tournaments and camps during the holidays and pro-D days (!!these are especially welcome!!). Nowadays, our son would probably do chess 12 hours a day if we would let him. All teachers we had contact with interacted very well with the children, keeping classes intereactive and fun, but clearly enabling them to learn -- our son is improving at an incredible pace. A special shout-out must go to Gyan who displays truly angelic patience during classes and tournament organisation. I wish I could display the same patience when I'm teaching my next calculus class tomorrow ...)...

Oct 5, 2021 Christoph Ortner

I first got to know Vancouver Chess School when I registered my son for the VCS’ Chess in School program in 2016. I simply wanted to expose him to an extracurricular activity, but I didn’t expect that he would fall in love with chess after only a few lessons. For the past 4 years, he has learned and developed his chess skills at VCS, and has grown from a beginner to a leading chess player at his grade. VCS offers a variety of resources for young chess players to learn and develop. My son started with Chess in School program, and later moved to Group Classes. He started with a low level class and has been continuously promoting his chess levels. At present, he is at the highest level class taught by a Grandmaster. VCS offers a variety of CMA rated tournaments, from weekly and monthly tournaments to provincial level and national level challenges, for players to practice their skills, learn from each other, and build their confidence and resilience. VCS is not just a chess school but also a community where the players build their social connections, share their experiences and most importantly, have fun. Before the pandemic, VCS was a place my son visited most aside from his own school. Becoming a Grandmaster is a long journey that requires interest, passion and patience to become successful. I feel fortunate that my son had a great start at VCS, and thanks to the friendly environment, the experienced coaches and the supportive staff there, my son has enjoyed every step in his chess journey and he is still advancing himself here at VCS....

Jan 24, 2021 Jiyang Gao

The best chess school in Vancouver! My son has been leaning chess in VCS more than three years and he enjoys it very much. The VCS not only holds regular tournaments for different level chess players but some challenges with coaches.. I strongly recommend VCS. Ps.coaches are very nice and professional and the customer service Joyce also is a sweet and patient girl

Apr 15, 2021 Eugene Yu

Vancouver Chess School is a really well run chess school, with kind and dedicated coaches. It teaches students from complete beginners to much higher levels. VCS has made a seamless transition to teaching online since the covid pandemic, although my son is looking forward to seeing his coaches and classmates again in person. In addition to weekly group classes, there are also private lessons, camps, workshops and frequent tournaments. VCS not only helps children to develop their chess skills, but it also helps them to develop greater skills in sportsmanship, goal setting and resilience....

May 16, 2021 Vania Cheng

VCS is a very good school for all age chess learners. It provides a resourceful topics on chess and there are many tournaments that you might not even have time to play all of them!

Apr 29, 2021 Kadinho

The Vancouver Chess school took my son’s interest in chess and sparked an obsession. My son used to believe most things are “easy” or he would have difficulty with failures. However, this chess school has really taught him how to have a “growth” mindset learning about all aspects of failures and sportsmanship. He now sees challenges as an opportunity to grow!

Apr 22, 2021 Isabel R

It is the de facto place to go for chess class in Vancouver. My kid got into chess after in-school chess class from VanChess, and has been going to their group and private classes for years. They have weekly tournaments as well as regular classes, which is awesome for on-going learning and building experience. It was also a chance for the kids to socialize as well, when they had the in-person classes. The virtual classes and tournaments have been pretty well run also. I am very happy that we have it in our community!

Sep 18, 2021 Mary Wong

This is the best school ever

Jul 9, 2018 Alyssa Wang

This is a great chess school for kids to learn and grow up in. I am so happy we made the right choice 4 years ago. When my son told me he was interested in chess, I enrolled him in Vancouver Chess school camp. Kids love to go there and spend time with similarly aged kids there. The coach always provided lunch for kids, like pizza etc. My son started from zero and now his score is over 1000. I truly believe this is the right place if you want to help your kids entering the chess world. BTW, Gyan is a very nice, knowledgeable, friendly and patient teacher. If you are luckily in his class, I am sure you already won the game half way. Of course, the teacher here are all excellent and brilliant....

Jun 3, 2021 Zena Zuo

Vancouver chess school is a top quality chess school in the lower mainland. It provides systematical training to students through excellent teachers. For only two years, my kid improves a lot and becomes a competent chess player for his grade level. We are very satisfied with this school!!

May 10, 2016 Holly Song

This school is fantastic! Both of my boys love it so much. Great website design with its own chess homework, practice games and online challenges. Many of chess events for kids to have opportunities to play with others. Great teachers, great school!

Oct 8, 2021 Lulu Ban

Vancouver Chess School has been a blessing to our family and to the Chess Community. The instruction has been top notch and we love the fact that the school regularly has chess competitions. The school also has a very well built and functional internal chess platform which keeps children interested and facilitates online tournaments very smoothly. The school has adjusted well to Covid19 and have moved instruction and competition online. It's a great group of children and it's a well run school.

Jan 4, 2021 T Low

My son has been with Vancouver Chess School for more than 1 year. He loved the classes, and the teachers there as well. The coaches are great, and they teach kids not only the techniques but also the chess spirits. The school provides many online tournaments and trainings during the pandemic period and turn out to be a huge bonus to those stay at home kids.

Jan 19, 2021 Vivian Cheng

My son has been learning chess in Vancouver Chess School since 2018. He also participated many tournaments organized by the school, off-line and on-line. VCS provides very high-quality and systematic chess courses to different level students. VCS's chess coaches are very nice, experienced and passionate in teaching chess to kids. In the past years, I have seen so many kids, including my son, really enjoyed their study and game plays at VCS. With VCS coaches' help, the kids made quick improvements in their chess level. VCS is definitely the best chess school I have ever seen....

Jan 3, 2021 Michael Ye

Great place, both before and post-Covid. My son has been attending for 3 years and has made great progress. They have lots of tournaments and camps. There's a clear system in place to track performance and progress, the website is very well organized and allows parents to monitor their children's activities in classes and tournaments. VCS managed to transition to online very well after Covid, in fact it's at least as fun as before, according to my son. All in all a highly recommended place for kids to learn chess.

Mar 25, 2021 Cristian Grecu

Vancouver Chess School is a highly professional chess school. The teachers in the school are approachable and dedicated on teaching, which provides kids a great milieu of learning chess. Many students who attended Vancouver Chess School have became the top players in their grade. In addition to why I prefer Vancouver Chess School is because there are lots of tournaments held every month in the school which quicken the improvement of a kid's chess skill, at the same time, it increase the kid's chess rating. Don't worry if you are good enough, because there are also tournaments where students could play against coaches. Plus, if one is a very strong player, there are also volunteer opportunity to teach the little kids. To me, my achievements in chess could not be without the help from Vancouver Chess School. It boost my chess skill from nearly zero to a hundred in a very short time, meanwhile, It is super fun and enjoyable. Overall, I highly recommend Vancouver Chess School, because it is the place where it makes a chess player professional...

Apr 22, 2021 Lily He

My daughter has been taking chess for a number of years now. Gyan has been very supportive since day 1 and allowed her to progress at her pace. With heavy school workload, my daughter managed to reserve time to continue with her chess whenever possible. She has reached to Bishop level now. She's playing chess because she finds enjoyment in the game. There has never been any pressure from us or Vanchess. It's a great place for kids to learn chess. They will nurture them in more ways than chess. We want to thank Vanchess for organizing an excellent program. We also want to thank Gyan for his patience and wisdom. Thank you!...

Apr 30, 2021 Anne Lee

A wonderful place for kids to learn and play chess! In addition to weekly classes and tournaments, Vancouver Chess School does a great job of organizing and running the Regional qualifiers and the Grade Provincials. In 2019, the Chess'n Math Association, in collaboration with Vancouver Chess School, organized the Grade Nationals (Canadian Chess Challenge) which was hosted in Vancouver for the first time. My kids participated in the past couple Nationals (the 2021 version was held online due to the pandemic), and they really enjoyed it! Each time, VCS organized training sessions for Team BC, provided the kids with uniforms (which they loved), and went above and beyond to make sure the team was cohesive and ready to checkmate! Maxim and Gyan, the main organizers, are both extremely dedicated and supportive, and VCS programs/events are always well-organized and professional....

Jul 9, 2021 C Wu

The best teacher, patience, my child learned here from 2017, not only learns to play chess, but also exercises how to deal with various challenges, how to judge the improvement of ability, so that now he is a volunteer and know how to encourage other children to study together. Don't give up when it is difficult.

Apr 16, 2021 Maggie Xu

I represented team BC at the 2021 Canadian Chess Challenge, tying for first place in my section. Gyan and Jeremy at VCS were incredibly professional, organizing countless training sessions for Team BC, with excellent material and helpful advice. Gyan's organization was amazing - he always stayed on top of everything. I never had to worry about any logistics, allowing me to focus 100% of my effort on playing my best.

Jul 6, 2021 Patrick Huang

My son started his first chess lesson at Vancouver Chess School at age 5. Continuing on, now at age 9, chess is still his favorite subject among all. There are many good things about Vancouver Chess School. 1. Chess classes at school are organized by levels which enable students to improve in a systematic way. 2. The school organizes regular tournaments weekly that provide students many opportunities to practice in a real game setting. 3. The best part of Vancouver Chess School for us is that, it encourages students to compete in a very healthy and positive way. The school is like a warm community. Children are opponents and also friends. Even parents becomes friends.I believe this is one of the reason that keeps my son’s continue interests on chess. I am glad my son started his chess journey beginning at Vancouver Chess School. I highly recommend it....

Jun 6, 2021 Kate Tsai

vancouver chess school is a fun and interesting education experience for young chess fan, the teachers and instructors are well knowledge and responsible, the program is well developed ...

Jan 17, 2021 Gosha Wen

Nice coaches and structure arrangement to guide the kids from beginners to experienced chess player. Regular chess competition can promote the interests of the kids to do better. When my boy got higher CMA, he was invited to be the teaching assistant in the online camp to teach the young beginners. That is very good to establish his mindset in taking care the novices. Moreover, the chess training can enhance his maths and logical thinking capabilities which are good for his further studies.

Sep 23, 2021 Tony Cheng

My son really like this school, the coaches there are patient and professional, he's made a huge improvement during these two years.

Sep 10, 2021 An Xia

OUR ACTIVITIES

Discover chess your way

Group classes

Taught by our many experienced coaches, groups of children the same age and level will progress through our curriculum step-by-step to improve their game. Classes include lessons, games with other students and weekly online homework.

Private classes

With one-on-one coaching, students can progress more quickly through lessons tailored to their individual strengths and weaknesses. Our private lessons can be adapted for students of all ages and levels.

Tournaments

Our events range from evening events for beginners to training camps for national championships. All tournaments are run by our experienced team of tournament directors and arbiters and offer students opportunities to increase their rating and meet new friends.

IMPORTANT FACTS

3000 students and counting

Years

10+

Students

3K+

Tournaments

4K+

Lessons

10K+

Puzzles

3M+

Coaches

30+

News

Upcoming events and latest achievements of students

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Jahan Bhalla

Jahan Bhalla has been promoted to Pre-Knight level.

Alan Sun

Alan Sun has been promoted to Knight level.

Ricky Zhu

Ricky Zhu has been promoted to Beginners with some knowledge level.

Ryan Huang

Ryan Huang has been promoted to Knight level.

Lucas Chen

Lucas Chen has been promoted to Knight level.

Lex Favero

Lex Favero has been promoted to Knight level.

Callen Yao

Callen Yao has been promoted to Beginners with some knowledge level.

Varav Bhatia

Varav Bhatia has been promoted to Advanced Beginner level.

Rachel Zheng

Rachel Zheng has been promoted to Knight level.

Vedanth Sriram

Vedanth Sriram has been promoted to Pre-Knight level.

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