Free Chess Class for Beginning and Intermediate Kids (ages 6-18) | Mechanics' Institute

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Free Chess Class for Beginning and Intermediate Kids (ages 6-18)
Instructor: WGM Carla Heredia

Saturday, September 21, 2019 - 11:00am to 1:00pm
Repeats every week every Saturday until Sat Jan 04 2020 except Sat Jul 13 2019, Sat Jul 27 2019, Sat Aug 17 2019, Sat Aug 24 2019, Sat Aug 31 2019, Sat Sep 07 2019, Sat Sep 28 2019, Sat Oct 05 2019, Sat Oct 26 2019, Sat Nov 02 2019, Sat Nov 16 2019, Sat Nov 30 2019, Sat Dec 07 2019, Sat Dec 21 2019.

Every Saturday 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

This class is designed for newer players looking to develop their skills and players with some playing experience looking to tune their skills and transition to scholastic tournaments. The atmosphere is casual and fun, meant to inspire the love of the game, but classroom behavior and following the rules always apply.

Come learn at the oldest chess club in the U.S., the historic Mechanics' Institute.


WGM Carla Heredia

Women GrandMaster Carla Heredia is from Equador, where she won the Girls State Championship nine times in different age categories. She also won the American Girl's Chess Championship in U20 age group in 2009. Winner of the FIDE Women's World Chess Championship South American Zonal Tournament, participated in the Women's World Chess Championship in 2010 and 5 Women's Chess Olympiad between 2008 - 2018.

Coach Andew Trattner

Andy started playing competitive chess in high school. He scored three losses and a draw in his first tournament, earning a USCF rating of 737. By viewing every game as a learning opportunity, he improved to become the top rated high school graduate in his state. Andy continued playing chess in college, where he ran the chess club and taught fellow students how to play. He found chess to be a wonderful cultural bridge when visiting places like Spain, Germany, and Peru. His love of the game led him to teach hundreds of elementary through high school students at schools in San Diego and St. Louis. Andy holds a B.S. in math with computer science and currently works at Scale AI in downtown SF.


Members & Public Free
4th Floor Chess Room
Chess Room - 415-393-0110

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