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Fundamental Chess is a chess academy based in Santa Ana, CA that offers beginner through advanced level instruction through private lessons and classes.


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.