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Various Chess Events for Kids
Check out the Chess Department offerings

Enrichment Classes

During our interactive online classes coaches are sharing their computer screen and use a chess program to demonstrate positions, puzzles and go over games. Occasionally short and fun videos will be used to introduce new topics and paused intermittently to reassure understanding of the material.
All kids will join - a safe and secure platform for kids - to play games against each other and will have the ability to participate in scholastic online tournaments organized by the Mechanics' Institute through Classes are coached by a live lead coach and monitored by additional staff, so students are never alone in a meeting. Classes are also recorded so if any child misses a class, the recording can be shared. Classes are safe, interactive, and convenient alternative way without sacrificing quality in chess instruction.


1. After School Enrichment Virtual Classes

Virtual classes are 60 minutes long and have no more than 10 student per coach, and all student are from the same school.
Do you have a group of kids from the same school or organizaiton, we can work with you to develop a class just for you.
Class will include: warm-up with chess puzzles & composition, mastering new materials, excercises to deepen the understanding of the new material, summarize and transition to to participate in an optional 30 mins online tournament.


2. Free Youth Outreach Programs

Mechanics' Chess offeres free chess education for selected schools in the San Francisco city area. These classes were made possibly by our generous donors & benefactors.
Please, reach out to us if you need more information, or if you have a school that would be a good candidate.


3. Mechanics' Chess Classes

Spring Session: 10 classes - week of March 29 to May 31

Class Class Time
Spring Sessions
All Girls Class
with Coach Colin and Coach Abel
Mondays 4-5PM
Register HERE

Intermediate Class with Coach Andy

Tuesdays 3-4PM
Register HERE
Intermediate Class with Coach Andy Thursdays 4-5PM
Register HERE
Advanced Class with Coach Andy Thursdays 5-6PM
Register HERE
Tactics, Tactics, Tactics with Coach Andy
for players rated 1000+ (ChessKid rating)
Friday 3-4PM
Register HERE


Note: minimum 5 students to start the class, maximum 10 student in each class.
Information with link to join the class will be sent via email after your registration.
Classes are online: student must have laptop, with mic and webcam, and good internet connection in order to participate in classes!

Refund policy: Full refund minus a $5 administration fee if cancelled more than 24 hours before the start of class. No refunds within 24 hours of the start of class.



Weekend Clubs
Pending restart -  Sundays 4:00 - 6:00PM


2-hour fun and dynamic weekend clubs: learn from the best instructors and play against your peers.

4:00-4:15- students join/warm up puzzles
4:15-4:45- lecture of the week
4:45-5:00- weekly chesskid video incorporated with lesson
5:00-5:30-game analysis from weekly tournaments or any game student's had questions on
5:30-6:00- ladder play/any other questions. 

Mechanics' Scholastic Chess Club is a place where youngsters can freely learn and share their ideas with other like-minded students where they can learn, discuss, and play chess. Each week will include working all facets of their game and expanding their critical thinking skills through puzzles, lectures, additional content, time to play, and discuss openly their thoughts and ideas with others.
We also teach students the importance of sportsmanship and friendships through chess, and our ladder system is meant to encourage camaraderie and student interaction in a positive and supportive environment.

Our Mechanics' Sunday Chess Club combines fun with learning in a casual virtual class that is built around the Mechanics' Power Ladder. This creates a fun way for participants to challenge and play other class members. 

The way the Power Ladder works is that initially all players in the club will be ranked in order of their Chesskid rating. Players can then challenge to move up the ladder if they are within 4 spaces above them. For example, if a player is #8 on the ladder, they can challenge any player in position #4-7 to move up. A player must accept one challenge, so 2 games will be played during the club, one for a player being challenged, and one from a player challenging someone. These games will happen during class and we will use some of these games for instruction. Time control for these games will be G/8 +2. Challenges will be made the week before and games played the following week. The lower player on the ladder gets white for their game. If the game is between players in position #1-4, the color will be decided by coin toss.
Ladder will be updated on Monday and posted on the class webpage here:


Registration fee: $40 for a single club class
                           Monthly passes offer 20% discount: $128/months for 4 club classes
                          Mechanics' Institute offers financial support for any student who might be in need!


Seasonal Camps

Spring Schedule:

Tentative Schedule
9-9:15 warmup puzzle or games on while wait for everyone to show up on zoom.
9:15-10: first lecture
10-10:30 in-camp tournament
10:30-10:45 break (bathroom, snacktime)
10:45-11:00 warmup puzzle or games while wait for everyone to get back to computer
11-11:30 second lecture
11:30-12:00 tournaments/games/puzzle competition

Register Online for the regular virtual chess camps:

Camp Registraiton Fee: 3 hours for $45/daily fee up to $225/full week camp.

Refund policy: Full refund minus a $5 administration fee if cancelled more than 24 hours before the start of class. No refunds within 24 hours of the start of class.




Online Tournaments via

We offer two types of online touranments:
- Daily FREE tournaments: open to any scholastic players, non-rated, no pre-registraiton neccessary.
More information here.

- Weekly USCF Online rated tournaments: open to any scholastic players. Special trophies or medals are awarded to the Top 5 overall players and Top 3 in the under800 and under400 category. Players must have USCF membership and register through jumbula prior to the event. Welcome email is sent to those who regsitered for the event.
More information here. is a safe, secure and fun platform for kids to learn and play chess, and participate in a wide variety of activities, including listening to lectures, doing puzzles, play with their friends, and participate in online tournaments.
If you are interested in getting emails about our online scholastic tournaments, please fill the following form:


Tournament Schedule and more information, please visit:


Members may join free or for a registration fee.
Most are open for public for a registration fee.

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