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.


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.


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


Academy classes

Individual private lessons @ Academy

Individual private lessons @ student's premise

Group classes in Academy

Class category

PAWNS = 0-400 USCF


ROOKS = 1001-1499 USCF

QUEENS = 1500-1999 USCF

KINGS = 2000-2199 USCF

ELITE= 2200+

Schedule & Rates

Pawns Class

For absolute beginners 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.

 11-week class on Sundays


Two schedules to choose from: 

9:00 am -10:00 am EDT.
10:00 am – 11:00 am EDT.

Winter schedule:

  • Jan 16, 2022 – Mar 27, 2022
0 $
Rate/11 weeks

Knights and Bishops Class

An hour of Chess instruction, US Chess Federation rated games followed by games analysis by the master. This group is for students with USCF rating 401-1000. Lesson and tournament will be done on Chess.com, Lichess.org or the online platform on my website together with Zoom. Consistent puzzle solving is required.

11-week class for both Wednesdays and Thursdays schedule

Winter schedule:

Wednesdays at 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm EDT

  • Jan 12, 2022 – Mar 30, 2022

Thursdays at 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm EDT

  • Jan 13, 2022 – Mar 31, 2022
0 $
Rate/11 weeks

Rooks Class

This group is for students rated USCF 1001-1499. Intermediate openings, traps, middlegame, and endgame strategies will be discussed. The lesson will be done via Chess.com and Zoom app.

10-week class for both Mondays and Fridays schedule

Winter schedule:

Mondays at 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm EDT

  • Jan 10, 2022 – Mar 28, 2022

Fridays at 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm EST

  • Jan 14, 2022 – Mar 25, 2022
0 $
Rate/10 weeks

Queens Class

Geared for players rated 1500-1999. In this group advanced opening lines will be explored. Advanced middlegame strategies and endgame play will definitely be covered. The lesson will be done via Chess.com and Zoom app. 

15-week class for Tuesday schedule and 12-week class for Thursday

Winter Schedule:

Tuesdays at 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm EDT

  • Jan 11, 2022 – Mar 29, 2022
0 $
Rate/10 weeks

Elite Class

Top class for master level players willing to undergo consistent and systematic training to go beyond being masters of the game. Deep opening preparations, middlegame strategies and endgame play will be covered. 2200+ required (or at least broken 2200 before).

Send an email to [email protected] for schedules and rates.

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


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.


(suspended until further notice)


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

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/hr
rate: $100/hr (grandmaster)


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


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

Enrollment, Medical Emergencies, Refunds and Cancellation Policies for Barbosa Elite School of Chess

Trial Class

New students can set up for a 15-30 min trial session 1 on 1 with a coach to determine which class is most appropriate for the student. There is a $30 fee for this but if the student proceeds and enrolls for the semester, we will waive this and the $30 that was paid will go towards the enrollment fee.

Medical Emergencies

Barbosa Elite School of Chess does not have medical insurance for it’s students. Please be advised that if an accident or injury occurs while the student is a participant of a BESC activity/program, you agree to accept financial responsibility for all expenses that may incur.

Private Lessons

Payments must be made in advance. After your payment is received, you will receive an email about the details of your sessions (schedule, coach, links). Please let us know the soonest you can if you can’t make it to your session. We understand that things MIGHT happen sometimes, we only wish you’d let us know when you can.

Missed Class and Make Up Policy

There are no credits or refunds for a missed school class. If you will miss a class and would like to do a make-up, you need to contact us BEFORE the class that you’re going to miss and we will coordinate the date that you can do to another program depending on availability. You are only allowed to do two make-up classes per semester.

Withdrawal/Cancellation for Afterschool

If you wish to cancel your registration, you need to do so by midnight 7 days before the program starts to get a full refund. After that date, there will be a fixed $50 cancellation fee and your remaining balance will be prorated to the remaining number of classes. The remaining balance will go to credits for your account that you can use towards future registration for any of our programs. This credit expires in 1 year. If you need to withdraw from our program totally, please send us an email at [email protected] .

Photo and Video Policy

Barbosa Elite School of Chess has the right to take photos and videos of the classes, camps and tournaments for publicity and marketing use. 

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