About Us

Barbosa Elite School of Chess was founded by Grandmaster Oliver Barbosa. He believes that Chess is an underrated sport and that it is an essential educational tool for children.

Vision

Our vision of people having real fun, learning, sharing and enjoying the game with friends and family paved the way for the Barbosa Elite School of Chess.

Mission

Our mission is not just to promote Chess to the world but also to make sure that students achieve their goals and greatest potentials.

We value quality Chess instruction delivered directly from masters of the game. Having fun and enjoying the game are also part of our teaching method and we promise to share the joy of the game with you. We firmly believe that the fun part is not just about winning the game but also overcoming the small challenges that come up along the path to victory. Masters have lost many games, and here, we teach students that losing is just a small part of winning. Everything that happens on the board presents a learning opportunity. Coach Oliver makes sure that we don’t just teach Chess strategies- we also teach essential life skills like self-discipline, respect and the right attitude.

About the Coach

Oliver Barbosa / Head coach - Owner

Greetings and welcome! I am International Grandmaster Oliver Barbosa, Coach Oliver for the kids.

I come from a family of Chess players as my grandfathers, uncles, cousins, nieces, parents and my siblings all play Chess. I learned Chess when I was eight years old in a local tournament in our town. My dad was playing in a match when he asked me to play against a kid running around, just like every other kids. With no motivation at all, I sat and challenged the kid, and guess what, after five games he blew me apart 5-0. No one knew that this is going to be the spark of my career.

When we arrived home, I asked my dad for Chess books, lessons and practice games to avenge myself. Since then there was no turning back. I covertly studied the game. Three years later I became the youngest National Master in the Philippines at the age of 11.

I attained the International Master title at the age of 21, and after more than 100 tournaments and 1000 games, I accomplished the highest rank one can achieve in Chess which is the Grandmaster Ttitle at age 25. More than six years ago, I had shifted my focus to teaching and sharing my knowledge to students. I have “semi-retired” from high-level competitions but I make sure to at least play one or two big tournaments a year. Not just a Grandmaster of the game, I believe I can help impart my knowledge and experience to my students by offering quality service, appropriate lessons and of course to be a Chess Grandmaster on the Game of Life.

What We Offer

We offer various modes of coaching to our students

Online

Academy classes

Individual private lessons @ Academy

Individual private lessons @ student's premise

Group classes in Academy

Class category

PAWNS = 0-400 USCF

KNIGHTS/BISHOPS = 401-1000 USCF

ROOKS = 1001-1499 USCF

QUEENS = 1500-1999 USCF

KINGS = 2000-2199 USCF

ELITE= 2200+

Schedule & Rates

Pawn Class

For players starting out the game, history, basic rules, piece movement and basic checkmates and strategies will be discussed.Free Chesskid account. Lessons to be done via zoom .

10 week class on Sundays

10:15am – 11:15am.  

Dates:

Summer schedule:

July-05, 12, 19, 26-2020 : Aug-02, 09, 16, 23, 30-2020 : Sept-06-2020

0 $
Rate/10 weeks

Rate/session : $20

Knights and Bishops Class

An hour of Chess instruction, four tournament style serious games followed by another hour of games analysis with the master. This group is for students with USCF rating 401-1000 . Lesson and tournament will be done on Chesskid together with Zoom.

10 week class on Saturdays

1:00pm – 4:30pm

Dates:

Summer schedule:

July-04, 11, 18, 25-2020 : Aug-01, 08, 15, 22, 29-2020 : Sept-05-2020

0 $
Rate/10 weeks

Rate/session : $30

Rooks Class

This group is for students rated 1001-1499. Intermediate openings, traps, middlegame and endgame strategies will be discussed. Lesson will be done via chess.com and zoom app.

10 week class on Wednesdays

4:30pm – 6pm

Dates:

Summer schedule:

July-01, 08, 15, 22, 29-2020 : Aug-05, 12, 19, 26-2020 : Sept-02-2020

0 $
Rate/10 weeks

Rate/session : $30

Queens Class

Geared for players rated 1500-1999. On this group advanced opening lines will be explored. Advanced middlegame strategies and endgame play will definitely be covered. Lesson will be done via chess.com and zoom app.

10 week class on Tuesdays

4:30pm – 6pm

Dates:

Summer schedule:

June 30 : July 07, 14, 21, 28 : Aug 04, 11, 18, 25 : Sep 01

0 $
Rate/10 weeks

Rate/session : $50

Kings Class

Advanced Chess instruction for players rated 2000-2199. Openings, resulting middlegames, evaluation and planning will be given more focus here. Additional training games and puzzles will be given and scheduled.

10 week class on Fridays

4:00pm – 5:30pm

Dates:

Summer schedule:

July-03, 10, 17, 24, 31-2020 : Aug-07, 14, 21, 28-2020 : Sept-04-2020

 

0 $
Rate/10 weeks

Rate/session : $55

Elite Class

Top class for master level players. 2200+ required, exceptions can be made on a case by case basis.

Please email

[email protected]

if interested.

Play The Master

Every last Friday of the month for 2 hours there will be an opportunity for everyone to play our master. Master will be taking on challenges from anyone one by one on a blitz game but will give priority to registered players. Master will have 3 mins while the student will have 5. Master will also be streaming the games online on Twitch and will be posted on youtube.

Registration strongly suggested, free exclusive to members. Chess.com account required and is free to create.

Last Friday of every month

6:30pm-8:30pm

Please email

[email protected]

if interested.

Master simul

A simultanenous exhibition is a board game exhibition in which one player (typically of high rank, such as a Grandmaster, International master, National master) plays multiple games at a time with a number of other players. This is an opportunity for everyone to play a real life master on a serious, long and quality game. Every last Sunday of the month. Capped at 20 players. A win or a draw against the master earns you a prize!

Registration required, free exclusive to members. Lichess.org account required, totally free to create.

Last Sunday of every month

6:00 pm onwards

Please email

[email protected]

if interested.

Products

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Private 1 on 1 lesson (suspended)

Private coaching with the coach to maximize learning potential at the convenience of your home or at the club. Here we believe that every student is different. Level of play, perception, attention, strengths and weaknesses are evaluated first by the coach so lessons are “personalized” based on the student.
 
rate: $120/hr
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Private 1 on 1 lesson online

Private coaching with the coach to maximize learning potential online. Here we believe that every student is different. Level of play, perception, attention, strengths and weaknesses are evaluated first by the coach so lessons are personalized based on the student.
 
rate: $80

Package options

chess room

Private Classes

Private one on one 4-pack(suspended)
 
Rate: $460
 
Private one on one 8-pack(suspended)
 
Rate: $880
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Online Classes

Private one on one online 4-pack
 
Rate: $300
 
Private one on one online 8-pack
 
Rate: $ $560

Achievements

Have coached

2017 Super Nationals VI – Nashville, TN K-12 U1900

2017 All Girls Nationals - Chicago, IL 14 and Under

2018 JHS Nationals - Atlanta, GA K-9 Championship

2018 All Girls Nationals - Chicago, IL Under 16

2018 High School Nationals - Columbus, OH K-12 Under 1900

2018 Grade Nationals - Orlando, Fl 6th Grade

2018 Grade Nationals - Orlando, Fl 8th Grade

2019 All Girls Nationals - Chicago, IL Under 14

2019 National Junior High Championship - Grapevine, TX K-9 Under 1250

2019 National Junior High Championship - Grapevine, TX K-8 Under 750

2019 Grade Nationals - Orlando, Fl 7th Grade

Our Team

Oliver Barbosa

International Grandmaster 

Founder, Head coach

Sunshine Barbosa

Coach

World Open 2017 U-1200 11th placer

Ricardo de Guzman

 International Master

Best finisher for the Philippines – 17th Asian Continental Championships 2019, 
Champion – 5th Central California Open

Jan Jodilyn P. Fronda

Woman International Master
 
2019 Philippine National Women’s Champion, 3 time World Chess Olympian,2 time World Junior Championship Representative

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