Virginia Commonwealth Chess Kids

VA Commonwealth Chess Kids is an after-school ONLINE chess program offered for K-12 students. Our aim is to help students develop their love for learning, develop a solid understanding of key concepts, and gain practical problem-solving skills to enrich their capacity for independent learning.

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Congratulations to our advanced student (online group chess) Kent Slate for winning the Under 2000 Cherry Blossom Chess Classic. Kent scored a very impressive 6.5/7 points. Kent`s newest rating is about 1955 USCF.

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Congratulations to our advanced student (online group chess) Kent Slate for winning the Under 2000 Cherry Blossom Chess Classic. Kent scored a very impressive 6.5/7 points. Kent`s newest rating is about 1955 USCF.

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2021 Virginia State K-5 Chess Co-Champion: Matthew Diao

Joseph and Matthew: Matthew finished as the 2021 Virginia State K-5 Co-Champion.

Photos from Virginia Commonwealth Chess Kids's post 05/24/2021

2021 Virginia State Chess Championship: May 22-23:
K-5 Section:
Matthew: State Co-Champion
Ameya: 3rd Place
Owen: 4th Place

K-8 Section:
Chance: 4th Place and State Top Girl
Arjun: 7th Place

I want to thank the Lord for all the blessings that he has given me and to my chess school. For the last 6 years, I was able to produce state champions and top girls. Some of these students have represented Team USA in various international competitions. I’m so blessed to have this opportunity to study with these brilliant kids. I would like to thank the parents for all the trust they have given me through the years.

After the pandemic affected all of us, we stopped seeing each other in person and went to online group lessons.

Last Friday, I told them that we have already worked hard for about a year and these two days are no longer about preparation, instead this is all about performance. These kids have shown their competitive fire. I’m so proud of these kids` hard work, discipline, dedication, and determination.

To God be all the glory!


Advanced Lessons: Important Rook Endgames

Advanced Lessons: Rook Endgames


Level 1: Tuesday Class for Beginners


Intermediate: Tuesday Class: Removal of the Defender

Level 2: Intermediate: Monday Class: Removal of the Defender


Chess Class for Advanced Students

Level 3: Wednesday and Friday Online Chess Classes for Advanced Students: Coach Joseph will discuss the importance of pawn play in undermining opponent`s pawn structure!


Virginia Commonwealth Chess Kids


Joseph teaching online chess class to kids.


While your kids are stuck at home during the coronavirus social distancing period, VA Commonwealth Chess Kids offers free trial online group chess classes (2 sessions) for kids Grades K-12. This online group classes are for BEGINNERS and INTERMEDIATE levels.

We offer highly-structured chess curriculum designed for students with zero chess knowledge all the way to the advanced level.

Our chess school has successfully produced state, national, and international champions. Some of our students have represented Team USA in world chess competitions.

Our successful online classes have served students across the United States and other Asian countries.

Join our winning tradition!

Beginners: Every Thursdays and Tuesdays at 5:30-7:45 pm
Intermediate: Every Mondays at 5:30-7:45 pm

***This offer is valid for new students only who have never been to any of our trial or formal classes before.

For reservation, please send an e-mail to: [email protected] or [email protected]
Call: 703-577-2320
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2020 Va State Chess Championship (March 7-8):
Stellar performances from our students:

K-3 Championship: Xander finished 3rd
K-3 Under 600: Sahaj finished 5th
K-5 Championship: Owen finished 2nd
K-5 Championship: Shaurya finished 3rd
K-5 Under 1400: Aaditya finished 1st
K-8 Championship: Kent finished 7th
K-8 Championship: Chance won the Va Top Girl
K-8 Under 1200: Kingston finished 4th


Coding for Kids


Coding Class


Monday Group (Level 2 - Intermediate)


Virginia Commonwealth Chess Kids


Congratulations Dhruva for finishing 12th Place in the World Cadet Championship in Beijing, China! Despite suffering from flu, Dhruva went on to finish the tournament and could have finished inside TOP 5 had he won the last round. We are proud of your effort!

Completion of World cadet championship.we are happy with the result because during tournament Dhruva got very sick because of Flu. He fought and recovered in the end. He won 7 games 4 loss. Got 12th place in the world. He learned lot from this tournament. Thanks all for your support. Special thanks to CoachJoseph, Coach WGM Katerina Nemcova, Pravin tambe and all family back in India and USA for guidance and support.!!


Congratulations Dhruva Patil for ranking 1st in the World! This is really a special achievement!


Washington International: VC Chess Kids Results

Under 2200 Section:
Dhruva Patil (1975 USCF) scores 5/9 points in the Under 2200 Section winning $250. Dhruva beat WFM Anuprita (2160 USCF) in round 2 with the black pieces. Dhruva lost to players rated, 2140, 2200, 2100, 1900. He went on to win his last 3 remaining rounds beating Aadithya Pillai (1850), Kevin Su (1880), and Yogeshwar Sridhar (1900).

Anish Mariappan finished with 6/9 points and Ananya Ananth scores 5/9 points in the Under 1800 Section.

Congratulations to all our kids.
Fight Like Fischer!


### Panamericano de Ajedrez de la Juventud 2019 - Guayaquil, Ecuador (2019 Pan American Youth Chess Championships)

There were 621 players across 11 sections or divisions by age groups (for male and female) from 25 countries and dependent territories represented. This was Brian's first time competing at Pan-Am. Competing in the age category of Under 12 (U12-A), he qualified as the Official Representative (OR) for the United States, earning this honor from his achievements. That said, there were also pressures and stress that came with that distinction as well.

With a starting rank of #18 out of 76 players in the U-12A section, Brian competed against players from the following countries during the course of the tournament: Peru, Ecuador, Panama, Brazil, Colombia, and USA.

Highlights from the tournament: Brian drew against the #1 ranked U-12 player from Panama, won against the #3 ranked U-12 player from Colombia for the final round, and also won against the #3 ranked (and top seed in the section) U-12 player from Canada in the blitz tournament.

Brian played a good tournament overall but missed the chance to place for a medal; he did finished strong with 6/9 pts placing in the top 10 (#10) in the section, improving his standard FIDE rating.

He also participated in the Pan-Am FIDE Blitz tournament as a side event and improved his FIDE blitz rating as well.

This has been a good experience, honor, a learning opportunity, bonding time and further augments Brian's chess goals as he builds up his international experience and exposure.

#chesslife #chesstravel #nevergiveup #chessparents


Another successful Summer Chess Camp: Endgame Strategy


Brian Tay will be competing and representing the United States in the ### Panamericano de Ajedrez de la Juventud: Guayaquil 2019 (2019 Pan American Youth Chess Championships) which runs from July 20 – 27 in Guayaquil, Ecuador.

Go Brian! Go USA!


Congratulations to my student Dhruva Patil for being the highest ranked player in his age group in U.S. I’m so happy and proud studying with this kid since he was 4 years old.


Congratulations to our Wednesday Group Student Barzin for winning 5/5 in the Under 2000 Continental Chess Tournament. Barzin was my student since he was a complete beginner and now inching closer to 2000 USCF rating. He won over $1000 over the weekend.


Dhruva Patil

Great job Dhruva!

Amazing performance by Dhruva in International Chesskid chess tournament...Dhruva won individual Gold and Silver in Team. Below is Live commentary video.


Good luck to our two students who will play today in the 1st Ever ChessKid Games!

Link to watch on Twitch at on Saturday (June 1st) at 11:00 AM Eastern.

Article Link:
Go Brian and Dhruva!

Have fun in this special event! 05/31/2019

1st Ever 'ChessKid Games' This Saturday

We are proud to announce that two of our students were invited to play in the 1st Ever ChessKids Games!

Let`s cheer for both Dhruva Patil and Brian Tay!

Link to watch on Twitch at on Saturday (June 1st) at 11:00 AM Eastern.

Article Link: Ten of the most talented American juniors and ten more child prodigies will partner up and face off in the inaugural "ChessKid Games" on June 1. The competition is the marquee event for, the scholastic extension of The 20 players will form 10 teams of two players and will com...


2019 Cherry Blossom Chess Festival: Under 2100 Section

Congratulations to our Prodigy Chess Program student Dhruva Patil (8 Yrs old) for finishing strong 3rd-4th with 5.5/7 points.

He entered the section as the youngest participant, but led for the most part of the tournament. At some point, Dhruva was 5/5 points, but lost the 6th round and drew the last round to the eventual champions.

Dhruva is currently rated 1965 USCF.

We are very proud of you!

Round 1: WON vs. Abhinav Mundayat (K6. National Champion) 2088 USCF
Round 2: WON vs. Anatoly Bishkek - 1946 USCF
Round 3: WON vs. CM Robert Forney - 2018 USCF
Round 4: WON vs. Roman Goldovsky - 2060 USCF
Round 5: WON vs. Eric Sheng Wu - 2019 USCF (2018 Spain World Cadet Championship Representative)
Round 6: Loss vs. Jonathan Xu
Round 7: DRAW vs. Eric Kurtz - 2070 USCF


DMV FIDE Team Event: Round 1

Our team which is named THE PRODIGIES won their match against the TABIYA TECHNOLOGY 2.5-1.5 behind the wins provided by Ian Barruel and Dhruva Dinesh Patil. NM Jason Liang played the top board and drew with NM Collier. Ronen Wilson dropped his game against Victor Guzman.

Ian Barruel out calculated his veteran opponent in a highly tactical attack and counter attacking game.

8 year old Dhruva Patil won a textbook attack against Philip Newcomb.


Annual MD Open:

Congratulations to our students!

Under 1500 Section:
1. Arad Badiee finished solo 1st with 4.5/5 points

Under 1900 Section:
1. Barzin Badiee finished strong 2nd with 4/5 points. Barzin is now over 1900 USCF.

2. Alan Jegan finished with 3.5/5 improving his rating to 1760 USCF.

Under 1700 Section:
1. Kent Slate finished with 3.5/5 points and has improved to 1530 USCF.


Prodigy Chess Program: Advanced Wednesday Class. Friends and rivals meet up! Plenty of interesting match ups and quality games! Compete and learn with each other.

Welcome back Dhruva Patil in Virginia!

We are proud to share the accomplishments of these kids:
5 Individual State Championship Titles
2 Individual National Championship Titles
4 Top Girl Titles
1 Official Representative in the 2019 World Cadet Championship in China


1st Colonial Open: Under 2100 Section:

Congratulations to our Wednesday Advanced student Barzin Badiee for finishing 2nd with 4/5 points. Barzin is few points away from crossing the 1900 USCF rating.


2019 Spring Chess Camp:


Rosa Lee Carter K-5 CHESS:

Congratulations to our Level 2 student Xander Nguyen for finishing tied for 1st with 4/4 points.

He also beat a player who has a USCF rating close to 1700.

Job well done Xander!


2019 Va State Championship: K-3

We are proud to say that 7 of the Top 10 Players in the K-3 Championship Section are students of VC Chess Kids!

Congratulations to all our students!


Our very own Dhruva Patil is the OFFICIAL REPRESENTATIVE of the U.S. Team For the World Youth Championship In China and Pan American in Ecuador!

We are so proud of you Dhruva!

Big News : Dhruva is USA official representative for World Youth Chess Championship 2019 in China and Pan America in Ecuador

World championship will be played in Weifang, China on Aug 20 - Sept 3 2019

More details :

Videos (show all)

Advanced Lessons: Important Rook Endgames
Level 1: Tuesday Class for Beginners
Intermediate: Tuesday Class: Removal of the Defender
Chess Class for Advanced Students
Florida K-12: Congratulations to our little master Dhruva Patil (6 years old) for winning the tournament with a perfect ...
Dhruva Wins!




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