Berkeley Chess School

Berkeley, CA
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2010 - 2014 Reviews

July 2014

Re: Camp for my 10 y.o. son?
I have a similar kind of son (8 years old) who can tend to annoy others, especially with his need to ALWAYS have someone to play with. I haven't found the perfect camp that combines everything he needs, but I do have a mix of camps that ends up working out pretty well. One week for the smart kid in him, alternating with a week for the super-active sporty kid he also is. He has absolutely LOVED The Berkeley Chess School Summer Camp. He is not a chess fanatic (just enjoys playing it) but still seemed to fit in perfectly with the kids there.

2005 - 2009 Reviews

May 2008

Does anyone have information Berkeley Chess School? Does your school offer Berkeley Chess School as an alternative? How is it working for you?

Berkeley Chess School is absolutely the BEST. They administer their program well and the my son's math and concentration has improved since starting the Chess class at his school. He has taken it two years now and still learns something in every class. Catherine

My school has the Berkeley Chess School for one of its enrichment programs. My son did it last year as a kindergartener, and LOVED it. I was astonished at how fast he picked it up, and even more astonished at how he was suddenly OK with both winning and losing (before chess, playing games with him could be a little nightmarish -- he'd do absolutely anything to avoid losing). He went to a week of their camp last summer, and now does the newspaper chess puzzle with his dad. This year he had to choose between chess and martial arts, and chose the latter, but it was a really tough choice. Karen

March 2007

I noticed on the Berkeley Chess School website that they offer a summer camp program. Anyone have any experiences to share, especially regarding a 7 year old attending? Also curious to hear about the full day vs. half day programs. They've been doing the camp for 17 years and I couldn't find any reviews on the Parents Network website. Many thanks! Lise

My six-year-old attended the Berkeley Chess School's camp for a week last summer, and she loved it. We did the full-day option, which is basically a half day of playtime (good playground and art stuff is available) and a half day of fun chess class and games. The funny part was that when I asked her what she did in the ''free time'' half of the day, she always said she played more chess. They spent that time outside for the most part, from what I could see, but the kids were having so much fun with the chess that they just kept it up. Everything I've seen about the program and the staff is positive. I can recommend the camp for a young child. My now-seven-year old is going again this year. a camper's mom

2004 & Earlier

February 2003

Re: Seeking chess class for 10 year old
The Berkeley Chess School is the best. Check out their website and a telephone number 510-843-0150 All sorts of great chess learning opportunities for kids of all ages and skill levels. My kids (7 and 10yrs now) have followed their programs - summer camps, afterschool classes, tutors, chess club and competitive local team for 4 years with great success and joy. Judith

Best place to start is the berkeley chess school. Phone number is 843-0150, or for private tutor Ben Russack was good working with our son who is now 7. He is USCF rated and has taught for 5 years. 510-665-6074 or email benjamin_russack AT kathryn

The Berkeley Chess School is a good place to start. Visit They run chess classes at bay area schools but also offer a friday night session and summer school. Mary