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Fundamental Chess is a chess academy that offers beginner through advanced level private lessons and group classes.

My mission as an instructor involves utilizing chess as a tool to:

* Improve cognitive abilities (mental calculation, focus, strategy-making, etc.)

* Encourage competitive spirit, good sportsmanship, and patience

* Enrich social skills and ignite a potentially lifelong interest in Chess!

“My 5 year old son has been doing semi private lessons here. Derek is a fantastic teacher! He is patient and great at engaging a young child’s mind. The rates are reasonable. The location is convenient- close to 55 and 405 freeways. My son really enjoys the classes and looks forward to it every week. He has learned so much. Definitely recommended!” -F.F., (Yelp Review)


US Chess Federation National Master Derek Tan is the head instructor and founder of Fundamental Chess. He has been teaching chess for over 8 years and has coached numerous 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 formerly served as the President and Captain of the UCLA Chess Team. Current and former students have reached the USCF Top 100 list for their respective age groups and have successfully competed at state and national level tournaments.