If you are you looking improve your chess, you’ve come to the right spot. We offer classes to club members and to the general public. There are junior sections for kids (ages 6+) and general audiences for all ages.

FM Gabriel Petesch will be teaching our small group classes. These are one of the most powerful catalysts to chess improvement. Benefits include:

FM Gabriel Petesch

  • Close interaction with the teacher
  • Competitive environment with other similarly skilled students
  • Focused analysis involving most or all students in the class
  • Training games followed by in-depth class analysis
  • Weekly assignments targeted to the class skill level.

This class is currently only offered online.

Scheduling will be customized for every group, depending on student and instructor availability. Usually, we’ll try to schedule new classes to start by the 1st of each month.

Alexander Shabalov
Alexander ShabalovFIDE Grandmaster
GM Alexander Anatolyevich Shabalov was born in Riga, Latvia. Like his fellow Latvians Alexei Shirov and mentor Mikhail Tal, he has a creative and aggressive style, inviting complicated positions. He won his IM title in 1989 and his GM title in 1991. In 1992, Shabalov emigrated to the US and eventually settled in Pittsburgh, PA, where he has been a staple in the US chess community since then. He played in the 1992 Olympiad for Latvia, and four times for the US after that, helping the US team to a silver medal in 1998. His most important tournament victories include United States Chess Championship (1993, 2000, 2003, 2007), U.S. Open Chess Championship (1993, 1999, 2003, 2007, 2008, 2015, 2016), Aeroflot Open (2002), American Continental Chess Championship (2009), US Senior Championship (2019) etc. In 2015 he was inducted into the U.S. Chess Hall of Fame.
Bryan Smith
Bryan SmithFIDE Grandmaster
Bryan was on the national champion UMBC chess team from 1999 to 2001, and earned his grandmaster title from FIDE in 2013. He is the first-ever GM from Alaska! Bryan took 1st place in the 2008/2009/2017 National Chess Congress, 2010 Philadelphia International, 2013 Ohio Chess Congress, 2013 Eastern Open, 2017/2018/2019 Pittsburgh Open, and 2021 Golden Triangle Open.
Gabriel Petesch
Gabriel PeteschFIDE Master
Competitive chess player and chess teacher from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Currently, ranked 5th in the state of Pennsylvania.
Ed Dean
Ed DeanExpert - rated 2000+
Intermediate Instructor, 2021 PCC Champion
Kian Patel
Kian PatelExpert - rated 2000+
Intermediate instructor
Steven O'Connor
Steven O'Connor
Class C – 1400-1599
Beginner Instructor
Mark Jeromin
Mark Jeromin
Class B – rated 1600-1799
Beginner Instructor
Jules Coulson
Jules Coulson
Class B – rated 1600-1799
Beginner Instructor