Ready to reach that next level?

Every serious chess player will reach a plateau at some point in their learning.

Coach Derek evaluates your strengths and weaknesses and diagnoses your current skills and abilities. Using those assessments, Coach Derek prescribes the necessary adjustments and fills in any knowledge gaps that will push you to your full potential.

Build a Solid Foundation of Fundamentals with National Master Derek Tan:

• Learn Coach Derek’s “5 Fundamentals” & Chess Pyramid of Success

• Improve your winning Techniques and Imbalance Analysis

• Perfect your Opening Repertoire and expand your Endgame Knowledge

• Set attainable Chess Goals and evaluate your progress towards Chess Mastery!

Each week, Coach Derek assigns homework in the form of Tactics Sheets, Master Games, and Imbalance Exercises. Every student is expected to bring their recent tournament games, binder/notes, and completed work each week to their private lesson. In addition, just like any sport or musical instrument, students must train daily through Online Play, Computer Practice, or Tactics Solving.

Coach Derek’s current and former students have achieved: National Master Status (2200 USCF), National Top 100 in Age Group, 2015 US Team West Champions, 2016 California K-1 State Champion, and much more.

Private Coaching Rates:

$60/Hour or $35/Half-Hour

$220/4-Lesson Package

$500/10-Lesson Package

Semi-Privates (2 or more students): $30/Student per Hour


Private Lessons are conducted at Fundamental Chess Academy. In-home lessons are available for an extra fee depending on distance and time. For scheduling, contact Coach Derek at or (714) 584-9408.