Barbosa Elite School of Chess
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
Individual private lessons @ Academy
Individual private lessons @ student's premise
Group classes in Academy
Schedule & Rates
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 EST.
10:00 am – 11:00 am EST.
04/11, 04/18, 04/25, 05/02, 05/09, 05/16, 05/23, 05/30, 06/06, 06/13, 06/20
Rate/session : $20
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 Wednesday schedule and 10-week class for Saturday
Wednesdays at 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm EST – 11 weeks
04/14, 04/21, 04/28, 05/05, 05/12, 05/19, 05/26, 06/02, 06/09, 06/16, 06/23
Saturdays at 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm – 10 weeks
04/17, 05/01, 05/08, 05/15, 05/22, 05/29, 06/05, 06/12, 06/19, 06/26
Rate/session : $30
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 Monday schedule and 11-week class for Friday
Mondays at 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm EST – 10 weeks
04/12, 04/19, 04/26, 05/03, 05/10, 05/17, 05/24, 06/07, 06/14, 06/21 – no class on 05/31 (Memorial Day)
Fridays at 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm EST – 11 weeks
04/16, 04/23, 04/30, 05/07, 05/14, 05/21, 05/28, 06/04, 06/11, 06/18, 06/25
Rate/session : $35
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.
11-week class for Tuesday schedule and 9-week class for Thursday
Tuesdays at 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm EST – 11 weeks
04/13, 04/20, 04/27, 05/04, 05/11, 05/18, 05/25, 06/01, 06/08, 06/15, 06/22
Thursdays at 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm EST – 9 weeks
04/15, 04/22, 04/29, 05/06, 05/20, 05/27, 06/10, 06/17, 06/24 – no class on 05/13 (Eid-Al-Fitr) and 06/03 (Staff Development).
Rate/session : $50
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. Dedication and commitment are required. Lessons will be done on Chess.com with the Zoom app.
No Spring Schedule
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).
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
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
(suspended until Oct. 1, 2020)
Private 1 on 1 lesson (suspended)
Private 1 on 1 lesson online
Founder, Head coach
World Open 2017 U-1200 11th placer
Ricardo de Guzman
Jan Jodilyn P. Fronda
Enrollment, Medical Emergencies, Refunds and Cancellation Policies for Barbosa Elite School of Chess
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.
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.
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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