​​​“Chess is the gymnasium of the mind.” - Blaise Pascal​

Mavin Academy is an affiliate of US Chess Federation (USCF). We have guided many players to State and National ranking over the years. We bring comprehensive Chess program to individual students and School teams.

Register For Weekly Chess Classes: Email us at admin@mavinacademy.com for more information or to schedule a free trial class.

USCF OTB (In-person) Tournaments

Join us  for USCF rated quad tournament on Sunday, January 9th, 2022. Visit our Tournament Page for more details.

What our Chess program offers?

LEARN: Weekly group lessons
Small and interactive group lessons by experienced Coaches (maximum 8 players, but typically we limit to about 6 players)
PRACTICE: Weekly practice tournaments
Practice is a key aspect of learning. We host a weekly practice session among the club players for a fun and friendly competition.
REVIEW: Office Hour (1-2 times a month)
A Coach will meet with your players in one-to-one setting to review the recent games and highlight the strong moves, identify areas for improvement and explain any concepts that the player may be lacking.

Our Chess Program framework includes 7 levels

  • Level 1 – Rookie (Unrated) : New player with no or very little background in Chess.
  • Level 2 – Beginner-1 (USCF Under-300) : Knows the Chess pieces and basic rules. Have played in non-competitive levels.
  • Level 3 – Beginner-2 (USCF 300-600) : Player is playing or ready to play in competitive level.
  • Level 4 – Intermediate-1 (USCF 600-900) : Mastered the foundation across Opening principles and basic Strategy & Tactics. Applies the concepts consistently, develops the game, able to handle middle and end games reasonably well.
  • Level 5 – Intermediate-2 (USCF 900-1200) : Very active in the competitive Chess (online and OTB). Able to visualize candidate moves with 2-4 moves depth, able to create mating nets, mastered broader concepts such as Pins, Forks, Skewers & Opposition and knows basics of advanced concepts.
  • Level 6 – Advanced-1 (USCF 1200-1500) : Mastering the advanced concepts such as Zugzwang, Zwischenzug, Combination attacks and complex sacrifices with forcing moves. Knows couple of Openings very well.
  • Level 7 – Advanced-2 (USCF 1500-1800) : Mastered the concepts such as Zugzwang, Zwischenzug, Combination attacks and complex sacrifices with forcing moves. Mastered at least 3 common openings for White and Black. Knowledgeable in creating weaknesses for opponent, develop the game with in-depth strategy and mastered most of the middle and end game tactics.

Webinar by Grand Master Lenderman

Grand Master Lenderman shared his Chess journey, from his childhood to becoming a GM, challenges he overcame, strengths (both personal and Chess) he developed and more. Video recording is available to Mavin players on request.

Journey: Rookie to 1000 rating

Rookie to 1000+: Coach Katherine has shared wealth of experience here. It is a great read and journey map for all young players.

FAQ for New Chess Parents and Players

Frequently Asked Questions for new Chess parents and players.

Chess - Web Resources

Useful links to USCF and Chess news