ICEA Chess 2024 Spring Learning Lesson

Class Instruction

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ICEA Chess Learning Lesson is open to children of all levels

Hybrid Learning Session = Online Class + In-Person Workshop

At ICEA Chess, we believe in providing a comprehensive and flexible approach to chess education for children, which is why we offer a blend of engaging online classes and interactive in-person workshops. Our online classes are designed to bring the world of chess directly to your child’s fingertips, offering the convenience of learning from the comfort of home while maintaining a high level of interactivity and personal attention from our experienced instructors. On the other hand, our in-person workshops provide a dynamic and collaborative environment where children can immerse themselves in the strategic world of chess, fostering social connections and hands-on learning experiences. By offering both online and in-person options, we ensure that every child has access to quality chess education, catering to diverse learning preferences and providing a well-rounded chess learning journey. Join ICEA Chess in unlocking the intellectual and social benefits of chess for your child, whether they prefer the virtual classroom or the lively atmosphere of our in-person workshops.

Learning Session Format

  1. The students will be assigned to a small group with a dedicated ICEA Chess coach based on their chess level.
  2. Each session will consist of eight lessons, including 6 one-hour online lessons via Zoom and 2 two-hour in-person lesson (workshop), held at a location in Nolte Community Center @ 11555 National Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064.
  3. The two-hour in-person lesson will focus on internal training matches and game analysis, and cover advanced OTB tournament skills, including time management.
  4. At the end of the session, each student will receive a free entry to a USCF-rated monthly chess tournament, allowing them to apply and showcase the skills they learned during the lessons.


  • The online instruction (including zoom links) will be sent out after booking this camp successfully.
  • We recommend all students to have a US Chess member to measure the improvements by ratings. If you don’t have it yet, you can register a US Chess member here.
  • If you don’t know your child’s chess level, we will evaluate at the first class, and we will move him to the group as appropriate. If you know your child’s chess level, please add some comments to the booking comment.
  • All students will be offered a free entry at the end of session to attend ICEA Chess Monthly USCF-Rated Chess Tournament, and the games will be analyzed by the coach.
  • Recorded video will be provided if you missed any online class.
  • All registration is not refundable.

Class Schedule:

Date / Time Format
Lesson 1 2-18-2024 (Sunday) 2 – 3 pm (PT) Online
Lesson 2
2-25-2024 (Sunday) 2 – 3 pm (PT) Online
Lesson 3
3-9-2024 (Saturday) 4:45 – 6:45 pm (PT) In-Person (Workshop #9)
Lesson 4 3-24-2024 (Sunday) 2 – 3 pm (PT) Online
Lesson 5 3-31-2024 (Sunday) 2 – 3 pm (PT) Online
Lesson 6 4-7-2024 (Sunday) 2 – 3 pm (PT) Online
Lesson 7 4-13-2024 (Saturday) 4:45 – 6:45 pm (PT) In-Person (Workshop #10)
Lesson 8 4-21-2024 (Sunday) 2 – 3 pm (PT) Online

Note: There will be no class in following weeks due to the chess tournaments that Coaches might participate,


  • $200 / student 


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Coach Team

Coach Alex (National Master):

Alex Wang is a 11th grader at Corona Del Mar high school and a National Master with a peak USCF rating of 2298. Other hobbies that he likes to do are ping-pong and reading. He enjoys sharing his understanding of chess with others. Alex is also the captain of ICEA Chess Team for 2023 SoCal. SuperStates Championship and lead the team won the 1st place of K-12 Championship.


Coach Esther:

Esther Jou is a 11th grader at Acaciawood Prep in Anaheim and a USCF Expert with a peak rating of 2163. She is a competitive chess player and has many accomplishments, such as winning the 56th Annual American Open U1600, 2nd place in the 32nd Annual North American Open U2100. Esther is also team member of ICEA Chess Team for 2023 SoCal. SuperStates Championship and won the top female in K-12 championship and is nominated to represent Southern California in the WIM Ruth Haring National Tournament of Girls State Champions. She is USChess top list chess player (#3 for Top Girls Age 15, #57 for Top Age 15, and #59 Top Women in the US). She enjoys helping her friends with chess as well as playing volleyball and the guitar in her spare time.

Coach Felix:

Felix Guo is a 7th grader from Windward School. He has been teaching Math & Chess classes since 2020. He has instructed more than 100 kids in math and more than 10 students got national winner awards. He founded ICEA Chess Club in 2020. Felix Guo is top 35 of Age 12 with a peak rating of 2059. Felix represented the ICEA Chess Team in the K-8 Championship for 2023 SoCal. SuperStates Championship, and won the U12 Blitz Champion of 2023 Pan-American Youth Chess Festival and the Champion of 2023 World Open Blitz Championship (U2000 Section). Recently, Felix won the co-champion of the 2023 North American Youth Chess Championship (U 12 Open).

Coach Angela (Woman FIDE Master):

Angela Liu is 14 years old, a Woman FIDE Master and U.S. Candidate Master. She started to play chess at 10 years old and improved her USCF rating by ~1000 to 2129 in the past two years. Angela is a competitive chess player (#3 for Top Girls Age 14, and #24 for Top Girls Under 21 in the U.S.). Angela won a bronze medal at the 2023 Pan-American Chess Championship (Under 16 Girls) and the 2023 North American Youth Chess Championship (Under 16 Girls) and was awarded the WCM title. Recently, she won a bronze medal at the 2023 North American Junior Chess Championship (U20 Girls) and was awarded the WFM title. Angela is passionate about introducing chess to more kids and growing the chess community. Angela has many other hobbies such as playing tennis and drawing.


Coach Elena (Woman Candidate Master):

Elena Zhang is an 9th grader at Cope Middle School and a FIDE Woman Candidate Master (WCM) with a peak rating of 2009. She has been playing chess for seven years and was a medalist of Team USA in the 2018 North American Youth Chess Championship (U10 Female). Elena was also the co-champion of the 2018 International Youth Championship (9-Under) in Las Vegas and invited to compete in the Susan Polgar Foundation Girls’ Invitational in Saint Louis in 2019. In her spare time, she loves cooking (the more graceful way to say eating), writing, watching comedy, and spoiling her two birds.



Coach Assistant Ryan

Ryan Sweezey is 16 years old. He is 11th grader at Valencia High School in Placentia. His peak rating is 1721 and has won a few tournaments, such as the Pacific Southwest U1800 section in 2023 and the Lina Grumette Memorial U1600 Section in 2022. He is passionate about helping children grow their chess skills.

Coach Assistant Austin

Austin Huang joined ICEA Chess Club since 2020.  He is a 6th grader and his current USCF rating is 1000+. Austin has a passion for both playing and teaching chess for younger kids, and he is also one of the admins of ICEA Kids Chess Club on


Bookings are closed for this event.
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