• It depends on the Child’s personality. It is optimal for a child to start learning Chess between Pre-K and 2nd grade age, but many students start during their middle school as well and go on to become a Master level player.

  • The progress depends on how passionate the child becomes in Chess over time. Young players typically need about 6-12 months to decide if they like to pursue Chess. Milestones (such as becoming a stronger player as the time goes,  winning tournaments and winning more games with friends & family) will give strong motivation to the players.

  • It is very much possible. Becoming a Grandmaster in Chess is comparable to winning a medal in the Olympics or getting 4 or 5 degrees of Blackbelt in a Martial Arts class.

  • The journey to become a GM typically takes about 7-12 years and it needs a strong work ethics. Starting Chess at a young age increases the probability of someone becoming a Grandmaster.

  • Supporting parents, great Coach(es) and a Passionate student are what it takes to become a GM.

  • The journey has many milestones, so it will be fun for sure. We will explain the process over a webinar.

  • Learn Chess from a Coach (this is a continuous process, even for most advanced players)

  • Practice (with family & friends or on Internet through a safe environment)

  • Analyze games (self and with the Coach)

  • Solve puzzles

  • Play rated tournaments (one or two times a month to start with)

  • We have created class levels based on USCF rating for all our class levels. If still in doubt, please reach out to us (fill in Contact Us form or email us) and we are happy to help your child find the right class.

  • A new player (who is yet to know the basic rules of Chess) will start at Rookie level. A player who knows basic rules of Chess but has not played much (e.g.: never played competitively or never played with friends & family for a few months) will most likely start from Beginner-1 (U300).

  • That is wonderful! We have sections based on USCF rating (Regular or Quick) to cater to players in various competitive levels. We offer classes for Advanced players (up to USCF rating 1800) at this time to cater to advanced players. We plan to introduce Master level classes in future.
  • We offer classes for new players who are yet to learn Chess rules through fun environment and engagement.
  • We offer one makeup class per term.
  • We focus on student growth and improvement in each level and each term we will have regular progress assessment by the coaches. We keep parents informed regularly about their progress and growth opportunities and suggest class changes when they are ready to move on. USCF rating is also used as a measure to determine when a student is ready to move to the next level.
  • Our coaches are some of the best in the field, both for their chess skills and also their experience working with students of all ages and skill levels. We take student safety very seriously and all our coaches have been background checked.
  • As we stated in the security question. Our coaches and frontline staff are background checked. Your student is not required, but highly encouraged to keep the camera on for a better learning experience. Our coaches like to keep the class interactive by asking questions and calling on different students to engage. Having the camera on helps them know if the students are paying attention and who may need more assistance.

  • We will refund 100% of the term/monthly fee if the refund request is made within 24 hours of registration. Other refund policy will be term specific. Please check the current term page for more details.

  • We will be using chess.com platform for regular online play. We require all students to sign up for chess.com account as part of class participation. New young players could start with ChessKid.com. Additionally, Mavin Academy could get a discounted annual subscription for premium chess.com account for a better learning experience.

  • We highly value honor code — this is a good trait for Chess and in all aspects of Life. We expect our students to exhibit highest level of integrity at all times. We will have tools in place to monitor unfair play and students will have to adhere to camera rules for tournaments with prizes. Any prize earned as a result of unfair play will be revoked and students will have to return any prizes/trophies earned and they could be removed the Mavin Academy.