Chess schools

Why Chess?

Chess requires an analytical approach to problem solving that encourages students to develop, and depend on, their own good judgment and creativity. In each game players must apply a set of simple yet profound core principals, tactical and positional evaluations, and logic in order to make exact and informed decisions under pressure. Every game of chess is a laboratory for the decision making process where students learn to understand and overcome complex obstacles with a results-based method of thinking that will benefit them for their entire lives. Ultimately students build a lifelong confidence and understanding of their ability to plan and effect outcomes.

Check out our scholastic programs and get your student(s) involved in Temecula's vibrant chess community today!

Group & Individual Instruction

Fun and accessible group lessons have been designed by NM Scott Roods to take students from absolute beginner all the way to USCF rated tournament play! All classes meet weekly and are billed for on a monthly basis. Classes are arranged throughout the week by difficulty with our free beginners class Chess 101 Part 1 on Mondays and Chess 101 Part 2 for our scheduled Classes with Coach Paschal. For a detailed schedule of classes, tournaments, special events, and to register online check out our events page.

Monday                     3-6

Chess 101 Part 1


Tuesday                    4-6

Chess 101 Part 2

     $65 / mo

Wednesday               4-6

Into to Tactics and

     $65 /  mo

League Play

Thursday                  4-6

Advanced Tactics w

     $65 /  mo

NM Scott Roods

Friday                       4-6

Free Play!


Private Lessons    

½ hr per week

       $100 mo

One on one chess instruction, tailored to your child’s needs, is a great way to accelerate the learning process. Our instructors focus on expanding areas of strength and interest while also helping students identify and address areas of weakness proactively. Chess is all about developing problem solving skills that make overcoming the obstacles in your path fun! For more information or to enroll you student contact the club administrator here.

Free chess instruction!

The Temecula Chess Club believes that every interested student should have access to quality chess instruction for free! Come and join our Chess 101 Part 1 class every Monday from 3-6 pm and learn the basics including piece movement, general opening principles, and checkmates.

When we regularly challenge ourselves with something new - even something not obviously related to our immediate goals - we build cognitive and emotional "muscles" that makes us more effective in every way. Garry Kasparov, World Chess Champion

After School Program

Our after school program is a great way to start building an active and engaged community of chess players at your school. Resident National Master (NM) Scott Roods has developed a curriculum that makes chess fun and accessible, and our classes never exceed a 16:1 student/teacher ratio ensuring that our experienced instructors can give students individual attention when needed. Students who complete our Beginner and Intro to Tactics classes will be ready to participate in individual and team tournament play, support your school's chess club, and take advantage of the Temecula Chess Club's (TCC) exciting special classes and events.
Our instructors will come to you and provide all the necessary course materials. Program schedules are flexible and tailored to your school's needs. Contact us today for more information or to set up your after school program!

Example Program:
- Six week course
- One hour class once per week
- $99 per student*

Every Student Receives:

- Six hours of quality chess instruction
- Their own personal chess set to take home on the last day of class
- One year membership to TCC
- Free beginner Chess 101 Part 1 classes held weekly at TCC
- Free entry to select tournaments and special events hosted by TCC

Students that receive chess instruction scored substantially higher on mathematics and problem-solving tests involving complex tasks- Trinchero (2013). 

*After school chess programs are S.T.E.M. approved and financial assistance is available to students from low-income families. 

Financial Assistance

Through the generous support of our sponsors we are happy to offer financial assistance to low-income families.

  • If you receive free/reduced priced lunches from Temecula Valley Unified School District, you can qualify for financial assistance. Your free/reduced lunch eligibility letter serves as your qualification for financial assistance through Temecula Chess Club, and a 10% discount. A parent must bring in a copy of that eligibility letter to the club to qualify! Parent/Guardians must also bring photo identification with them when they enroll to verify the eligibility letter is for their student.

For any further questions regarding financial assistance, please contact the club administrator at