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Online Classes, Events & Tournaments, and Services



Class Schedule for Adults & Advanced Scholastic players

Day & Time (all in PT)


Monday 4:00 - 5:30PM

Chess Cafe - Ongoing.

Wednesday 5:00 - 6:00PM

Introduction to Chess - Free Class for Mechanics' Members IN-PERSON - September 7 - October 26 

Wednesday 6:00 - 7:00PM
* note the new start time!

Chess Improvements for Developing Players - June 22 - Aug 24

Sunday 10:00AM - 12:00PM

Free Women's Class by Sophie Adams - Ongoing.

Classes are 60 or 90 minutes long and conducted via zoom meeting. Details of the class, including the link to the zoom meeting, are sent via email prior to the first class, and reminder emails are sent before each class in the session.

1) Mondays 4:00-5:30PM PT --- Chess Cafe
Course Dates: Ongoing

Casual meeting to talk about chess, life and everything. Join 3-time US Champion GM Nick de Firmian and FM Paul Whitehead as they give a lecture and class in a fun casual atmosphere where you can discuss games, learn strategy, discuss chess current events and interact in a fun casual atmosphere. Enter our Monday chess café for the pure love of the game. Class suitable for ALL level of players and FREE for MI members.
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2) Wednesdays 5:00-6:00PM - Introduction to Chess IN-PERSON -- Free Class for Mechanics' Members
Current session: September 7 through October 26 -- 8 classes

Join us - beginner or intermediate player, and learn the fundamentals of the Royal Game with MI Chess Room
Coordinator, FIDE Master Paul Whitehead. From the basics: how the pieces move and capture, castling and enpassant;
to more advanced strategy: checkmating patterns, how to think in the openings, middle-game strategy, and what to do in the endgame.
The goal of the class is to open up a new world of fun and joy through the magic and beauty of chess!

More information:
Register here:


3) Wednesdays 6-7PM (NEW start time! ) - Chess Improvements for Developing Players by Coach Colin Schober

Course Dates: June 22 through Aug 24 (10 classes)

Join Coach Colin for another engaging online session to continue to work on your chess. Intermediate Players are encouraged to join to master the following topics

  • Expanding Opening Knowledge
  • Middle-game strategy
  • Endgame Tools

Session will last 10 classes, and will be held over Zoom on Wednesdays 6-7PM Pacific Time. Zoom link will be sent with the Welcome email a few days before the start, and weekly reminders are sent on Wednesday mornings.

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4) Free Women's Online Chess Class by FIDE trainer Sophie Adams
Sundays 10AM - 12PM - ongoing

Come join us on Sundays as we are offering a free class for women from 10am-12pm(noon) online.
Coached by FIDE Trainer Sophie Adams, this class is for women and girls looking to develop their chess skills with a community of women. Knowledge of piece movements and mates is expected. Registration is required so we may send the links for players to join. Zoom will be required to participate, and we will include optional links to participate in online platforms like if players would like to play with each other online.

Be sure to be a part of the Mechanics' Women's Chess Club on

If you haven't already joined, please click request to JOIN and please put your full name when requesting.
If you are not yet part of the club, you can also choose to send your username to us, and we can send you an invite.
We are proud to offer this opportunity to bring communities together through chess. 

More information:
Class is free, but must register to receive class information:



Testimonials about our classes

" It was fascinating to me and a wonderful challenge. Now I have many directions to follow in my studies, and I am newly interested in the history of many of these World Champions. Paul had obviously done a great deal of research, and I can't believe how much I learned in speeding through so many games. I enjoyed both Part I and Part II very much. I've done more reading about chess and chess history than I have playing chess. " Terri C.
"I continue to be impressed by the level of service the Chess Team provide to chess players. I believe that "The Queen's Gambit" is having an impact comparable to Bobby Fischer in the '70's!" Larry S.