Welcome!

Fundamental Chess Academy (currently based on the border of Santa Ana & Irvine, CA) offers beginner through advanced level chess lessons and chess classes. We also offer USCF-rated tournaments (Friday Knights & Saturday Quads) for the competitive chess player.

Core Benefits:

• Playing chess teaches students to build FOCUS and PATIENCE in order to carefully make logical and accurate decisions.

• Students develop self-discipline through HARD WORK and SPORTSMANSHIP, both necessary attributes of the successful chess player.

• And finally, chess empowers students to consistently give their BEST EFFORT at all times, whether we are winning or losing. Chess is the ultimate game to exercise your mental abilities and of course, have fun!

DSCN0760Derek Tan is the head instructor and founder of Fundamental Chess Academy. He has been teaching chess to young players and adults for ten years and has coached many of his students into the USCF Top 100 for their respective age groups. As a player, he was the 2006 and 2008 CA High School State Champion and served as the President & Captain of the UCLA Chess Team. He graduated from UCLA (B.S. in Physiology) in 2012 and founded Fundamental Chess Academy in the summer of 2012.