Spring Programs


We are pleased to announce our lineup of classes and clubs for Spring 2022!


HRCA membership ($10/year) is required to participate in any HRCA program or event.  US Chess membership is required for certain clubs as indicated in descriptions.

HRCA is a 501(c)(3) serving the Hampton Roads area of Southeast Virginia.  Our Hybrid (Zoom into live class) and Virtual-Only classes are open to students from out of area, whether or not you are an HRCA alumni who once resided in the area.  See Registration section at the bottom of this page — non-local / non-alumni student seats are based on space available as of March 7th.  Out-of-area students will be billed for postage to mail any awards earned in class.

NEW COVID-19 Policies for Spring

Effective with the start of the Spring session on March 21st, MASKS ARE OPTIONAL in all HRCA programs held at the Mid-Atlantic Chess Center.  We will continue to provide a limited number of disposable masks and sanitizing supplies for those who want to use them.  Players may request accommodations to continue stronger individual COVID precautions.  Please read our complete statement on the website homepage.

Spring 2022 Locations

Tuesday nights, HRSCC and HRCC:  King’s Grant Presbyterian Church, 745 Little Neck Road, Virginia Beach

Peninsula Satellite Club:  Ivy Memorial Baptist Church, 2200 Coliseum Drive, Hampton

Classes for registered students only:  Most at Central Library, 4100 Virginia Beach Blvd, Virginia Beach

-or- Zoom

Spring 2022 Schedule

The Spring session begins March 21st and runs through June 10th.  Some classes began a week late due to the location change and will run one week later.

Students are guaranteed a minimum of ten face-to-face / live (in-person or via Zoom) classes with their coach, and an additional two weeks of material that may be live or recorded.

Spring 2022 Prices

CLICK HERE FOR OUR PAYMENT AND REFUND POLICY (your acknowledgement is required on the registration form)

Pay in full at the start of the session -or- Monthly payment plans available at no additional charge

Limited needs-based scholarships are available — Deadline to apply is March 7th!!!

See the below matrix for prices.

Multi-family discount:  50% off 3rd and 4th child or adult in the same household, 5th+ free

ChessKid Gold accounts (if not already specified as included in a program) are optional $15 good through mid-September 2022.


Program Name Category In-Person Location Day Time Age / Rating Format Price
Coach Jay’s Chess Academy Chess Foundations Class TBD (VB) Monday White, Yellow, Orange, and Green Belt levels 5:45-6:45 PM


Purple, Blue, and Black Belt levels 7:00-8:00 PM

Ages 7 and up (younger by exception), all abilities In-Person/Hybrid Zoom $150
Think Like a King Chess Foundations Class TBD (VB) Wednesday First Lessons in Chess, Tactical Thinking, and Checkmate Thinking 5:45-6:45 PM


Endgame Thinking, Opening Thinking, More Tactical Thinking, and More Checkmate Thinking 7:00-8:00 PM

Ages 8 and up (younger by exception), all abilities In-Person/Hybrid Zoom $150
Guppy Chess Chess Foundations Class TBD (VB) Thursday 5:45-6:30 PM Ages 4-6 (3 by exception) In-Person only $150
Attacking in the Middlegame Master Level Instruction TBD (VB) Wednesday 5:45-6:45 PM 700 rated and up In-Person / Hybrid Zoom $150
Coach Nemanja is on sabbatical for the spring session!
Tactical Chess Endings of the 16 Classical World Chess Champions Master Level Instruction NA Monday 5:45-6:45 PM (overflow class 7:00-8:00 PM) 1000 rated and up (lower by exception) Virtual (Zoom) only $150
Hampton Roads Scholastic Chess Club (HRSCC) Tournament Club TBD (VB) Tuesday 5:30-7:00 PM PK-12 US Chess rated players In-Person only $75 for new students (includes HRCA membership and ChessKid Gold); $50 for returning students; $25 FUN PASS for players rated 1000+ who will not play in the regular rated championship event
Rookie Tournament Training Club Tournament Club TBD (VB) Tuesday 5:30-7:00 PM PK-12 beginners with basic knowledge of the rules In-Person only $75 for new students (includes HRCA membership and ChessKid Gold); $50 for returning students
Peninsula Satellite Club Casual and Tournament Club Ivy Memorial (Hampton) Monday 5:30-8:00 PM All ages and abilities In-Person only HRCA membership $10 plus pay-as-you-go entry fees
HRCC Tournament Club TBD (VB) Tuesday 7:30-UTC (9:30-10:30 PM) Adults and Advanced Youth In-Person only HRCA membership $10 plus pay-as-you-go entry fees
HRCA Ladder Club Structured Casual Games Cancelled for spring session
HRCA Women and Girls Club Casual Club TBD (VB) Thursday 6:00-7:00 PM Women and girls only, all ages and abilities; no knowledge required In-Person only $15

Spring Classes – Chess Foundations

HRCA strongly believes in building firm chess foundations.  Chess is like math — gaps in those foundations will cause problems for years to come!  All of our foundational classes provide instruction not only in the basic rules of play, but also in the concept of draws, common checkmate patterns, opening principles, piece values and calculations, tactics, basic endgame ideas, basic strategy, and planning.  Self-taught students are often eager to skip over this critical material to study things like specific openings, which will do them no good if they lack a solid foundation.  HRCA has trained hundreds of students over the last several years with our proven methods!  

Coach Jay’s Chess Academy: This class uses the curriculum developed by renowned chess “Coach Jay” Stallings out of California.  It is broken down into seven levels using a karate belt system (White, Yellow, Orange, Green, Purple, Blue, Black) ranging from absolute beginner to expert level.  Each level covers “five disciplines of chess” at increasingly challenging levels — Defense, Checkmates, Endgames, Tactics, and Strategy.  Students registering for this class will be assessed for placement in the proper level.  Virtual students will receive an online account containing digital lesson books and workbooks up through Green. In-person students in all levels and virtual students in Purple+ will receive a set of paper workbooks for class.  Students must complete their digital or paper workbooks and pass an assessment in order to progress to the next level and receive a karate belt keytag with matching colored chess piece to indicate mastery of the level.  With cartoon-illustrated workbooks and fun Kahoot quizzes, this class tends to work better for our younger students (but is also popular with students of all ages) than other options.

Think Like a King This class uses the curriculum developed by renowned chess coach David MacEnulty out of New York City.  Specifically designed to teach critical thinking skills through chess, it is used extensively in the NYC public school system.  It is broken down into seven levels using a “thinking belt” system (white through black).  After the First Lessons in Chess course, which provides a comprehensive beginner’s introduction to the game, including rules, opening principles, tactics, etc., each level focuses on one specific skill — Tactics, Checkmates, Endgames, or Openings, each course becoming more challenging.  New students with little to no chess background will be placed in First Lessons in Chess.  Students demonstrating sufficient knowledge of those foundations but new to our programs will begin in Tactical Thinking and progress from there.  All students will receive a training account to complete homework online.  Students must complete all homework to a passing level in order to progress to the next level.

Guppy Chess  This is a curriculum created by an HRCA coach specifically to lay the foundations for students as young as 4 years old to become strong chess players.  Many of our former Guppies are now among the top players in the state and nation for their age at only 7 or 8 years old.  Preschool and K-1 age students usually take much longer to master basic skills such as piece movements.  This class uses age-appropriate methods and pace to help young students master the basics and prepare to move on to other formal classes in our program and to compete in chess tournaments if that is their desire.  Students may be at various levels of learning — a coach experienced with this age group is able to differentiate instruction within the classroom.  Parents (or any other responsible party) are required to sit in this class with their students.

Spring Classes – Master Level Instruction

HRCA also offers classes taught by Experts and Masters for our more advanced students.  Previous completion of a comprehensive curriculum such as Think Like a King or Coach Jay’s Chess Academy, or reaching high King levels on ChessKid through serious self-study is strongly recommended to ensure your child has a solid foundation before taking a Master level class.  “Gaps / cracks” in the foundation will prevent your child from improving in chess.  Our “foundations” classes progress from basic to advanced, so even students rated up to 1000 can benefit from completing all the levels before moving on to Master level instruction.  Master coaches will assign their own homework for classes, which will be critical for your child to get the most out of the training.

Attacking in the Middlegame Course“Play the Opening like a book, the middlegame like a magician, and the endgame like a machine.” (R. Spielmann)  Taught by reigning Virginia high school state champion Tyson Brady, this course addresses a critical area that many young players struggle with — what to do after the opening phase of the game and how to determine the best moves in the middlegame.  You will never win a war (or chess game) with good defense alone.  Learn to attack like a magician in this course!

National Master Nemanja Milanovic from Serbia is on sabbatical for the spring session!

Tactical Chess Endings of the 16 Classical World ChampionsThis class is taught by six-time Virginia State Champion National Master Daniel Miller.  From Steinitz to Carlsen, each of the World Champions has been a master of the final phase of the game combining memorization of theoretical positions with tactics and psychology to maximize their results. My class with examine some of the most famous endings they played in addition to basic positions every master should know. In addition, I will explain how I mastered certain key positions and how the students can as well.  The class will be exciting, challenging, and interactive. The goals are to 1) give the student a more expansive knowledge of chess history, 2) give the student a broader base of endgame knowledge, 3) teach the student how to study and improve their endgame on their own, and 4) have fun studying famous, sometimes historic endgame moments.

Spring Clubs

HRCA is a US Chess Affiliate and offers rated tournament clubs, as well as unrated sections for youth training to become rated players.  New this year, we are offering some casual, unrated clubs for youth.

Hampton Roads Scholastic Chess Club (HRSCC):  Open to students in grades PK-12, this nationally-recognized club is only for children desiring to compete / play in chess tournaments.  Students enrolling in HRSCC are required to also enroll in a “Chess Foundations” or “Master Level” class in order to be in the club.  New this year, recognizing that many students need to take time off to play in other sports, the club will be broken down into three self-contained quarterly clubs, Fall, Winter, and Spring.  Children enrolling in one or two sessions only must take a minimum of one class during the school year.  Children enrolling in all three sessions must take a minimum of two classes during the school year.  Each night of club will consist of a tournament event, including formats such as Match, Quads, Quick and Regular Swiss, Blitz, and Bughouse.  Each quarterly session will have its own championship tournament, and the last day of each session will consist of an awards ceremony.  New for the spring session, the previous Rookie section will be broken out into its own club to offer more mentorship to newer players.  All HRSCC members must be current US Chess members.  Until our numbers grow back to their pre-COVID strength, we plan to have all players in one section but will recognize lower rated players in each event with “class awards.”  This club is recommended for players up to 1200 rating, at which time we recommend the children move to playing in HRCC (see below); however, PK-12 players of any rating are welcome to join.  All HRSCC members receive a ChessKid Gold account included in their fees and are eligible for awards associated with use of the account, which is strongly encouraged for supplemental training and practice.  NEW FOR SPRING:  PK-12 players rated 1000+ may join HRSCC with a $25 “Fun Pass,” allowing them to play in all non-rated events (such as Bughouse, Fischer Random, and Live Arena), as well as Quick and Blitz rated events.  These players will skip the 5-week Spring Championship (regular rated) and will not be eligible for the high point award.  These players are also not required to have a ChessKid account but are encouraged to have a Chess.com account.  The purpose of the Fun Pass is to recognize that while HRCA has many very young very talented players who need to be playing their regular rated games in a more advanced setting, they are still kids who want to have fun with other kids!!!  It is also offered as an option for kids who cannot stay late to play at HRCC on a school night.

Rookie Tournament Training Club:  NEW for Spring, the previous Rookie section of HRSCC will become its own club.  Still meeting at the same time and place, these newer competitors will receive additional mentorship from qualified Tournament Directors as they develop the skills to become rated tournament players.  Emphasis will be placed on knowing and following the official rules of chess, practicing good sportsmanship and chess etiquette, taking accurate notation, using a chess clock, and analyzing games with your opponent.  Tournament Directors will also identify areas of play each Rookie should work on and inform parents and coaches to focus on these skills.  This club will follow a similar event schedule to HRSCC.  The goal of this club is to prepare new players to enter the world of rated tournament chess.  US Chess membership is not required for this club.

Hampton Roads Chess Club (HRCC):  Open to any US Chess member, this club offers rated tournaments in a variety of formats, such as Match, Quads, Quick and Regular Swiss, and Blitz, as well as occasional lectures or simultaneous exhibitions.  This is the only HRCA club that is open to adults.  For players in grades PK-12, it is recommended primarily for those rated 1000+.  Parents should consider that this club can last until late at night on a school night.  There is no “Rookie” section at this club; all events are rated.  This club is NOT on the registration form.  Simply contact us if you’d like to play.

Peninsula Satellite Club:  This new club in Hampton is in a growth phase and is a place to meet for casual chess, informal instruction, and rated tournament games.  We strongly encourage players who live on the Peninsula and on the western half of the southside (e.g. Suffolk, Western Branch Chesapeake, etc.) to join this club for some over-the-board play.  This location also runs a club ladder, as well as occasional lectures and informal instruction, all at no additional charge.  This club is NOT on the registration form.  Simply contact us if you’d like to play.

HRCA Ladder ClubA Ladder is a way of structuring casual games in which players are randomly placed on a board from top to bottom at the beginning of the quarterly session, and rules are in place for players to challenge each other to games in order to try to climb the ladder.  At the end of each quarter, awards will be presented to top overall and ability group finishers based on how many players are on the ladder.  Players simply show up at the designated time and place to make their challenges and play their games.  They are also welcome to stay for casual games until the end of the Ladder Club time period.  Ladder games are not rated, and players of any ability are welcome, as long as they know the rules and can play a complete game of chess.  Cancelled for spring session.

HRCA Women and Girls Chess ClubOnly about 15% of all US Chess rated players are women and girls.  Girls often find themselves the ONLY girl in their chess class or club and may drop out as a result.  NEW this year, HRCA is offering a club exclusively for women and girls, who enjoy each other’s company while playing chess.  This is a casual club where members and volunteers will teach, mentor, and guide each other.  Additional activities will be offered throughout the year, such as outings or guest speakers, with a focus on empowering women and girls through chess.

Other Offerings

ChessKid Gold:  HRCA strongly encourages all kids to actively use ChessKid.com for supplemental training, regardless of which classes you are taking, if any.  ChessKid provides over 120 structured, cartoon-based video lessons with interactive tests that will take your child from how the pieces move to advanced concepts that can help a tournament player raise their rating as high as 1400 before moving on to Chess.com.  You can also solve thousands of puzzles, play unlimited live and correspondence games, complete workouts on certain chess positions, watch more videos, read articles, and more.  We have used ChessKid for many years and find that kids who actively use the site daily and complete all the lessons, in conjunction with training from HRCA, have all risen to very high competitive levels.  ChessKid provides a solid foundation in chess for your child.  As an HRCA member, you can benefit from a steep discount off the retail $50 for a ChessKid Gold (full access) account for a year (our batch year runs September to September).  Because we own hundreds of accounts, we can offer them to our members for $15.   This is a members-only discount.  Even if ChessKid is the only thing you want from HRCA, along with the $10 HRCA membership, you are still only paying half retail price.   ChessKid Gold is included in Hampton Roads Scholastic Chess Club and Old Donation School program fees.  All other students must pay separately to purchase an account.  If you already have a basic account you’d like us to import to save your progress, we can do that, too!  “ChessKid Only” registrations are restricted to local and alumni kids only, though – sorry!  You can “register” for a ChessKid Gold account at the link at the bottom of the page.  We will contact you to see if you have an existing account or would like us to create one for you.

Tournaments, Workshops, Camps, and More:  Your HRCA membership, required for any of the programs above, also entitles you to play in local HRCA tournaments on the weekends, to attend Masters workshops or guest lectures in person and online, to participate in simultaneous exhibitions, camps, and any other activities we provide to our members (additional fees usually apply).  Once you have joined, you will be added to our e-mail distribution / app notification list and will always receive notifications of upcoming events that may be relevant to you.

***HRCA will provide any disability accommodations necessary for any player desiring to participate in any program***


We recommend you carefully review all the options and make notes of the programs you wish to register for.  Descriptions are not available on the registration form itself.  Once you complete the form, we will contact you with any questions we might have and will send you a Quickbooks invoice.


The firm deadline submit an application requesting a needs-based scholarship is March 7th.  No applications will be accepted after that date.

Priority Registration period is from February 21st to March 7th.  Be sure to register right away to ensure a seat in a physical classroom or on Zoom.  After March 7th, Zoom seats may be given to out-of-area students, and physical classrooms may be considered full and closed, with no additional coaches laid on.  Local and alumni students have priority of seats during this period. Non-local / non-alumni students acknowledge that even if they register during this period, their seats in Zoom classes are based on space available as of March 7th.  You will be notified on that day if you are accepted into the class.

The firm deadline to register for all programs is March 14th.  Any registration after that date will be accepted only on a space available basis and will incur a $25 late registration fee.  Programs with low enrollment may be cancelled after this date, and we will work with students to register them in another program.

Contact Tina with any questions before you register.