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 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.
July-05, 12, 19, 26-2020 : Aug-02, 09, 16, 23, 30-2020 : Sept-06-2020
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
July-04, 11, 18, 25-2020 : Aug-01, 08, 15, 22, 29-2020 : Sept-05-2020
Rate/session : $30
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
July-01, 08, 15, 22, 29-2020 : Aug-05, 12, 19, 26-2020 : Sept-02-2020
Rate/session : $30
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
June 30 : July 07, 14, 21, 28 : Aug 04, 11, 18, 25 : Sep 01
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.
10 week class on Fridays
4:00pm – 5:30pm
July-03, 10, 17, 24, 31-2020 : Aug-07, 14, 21, 28-2020 : Sept-04-2020
Rate/session : $55
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
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