New Players, Welcome to Bay Area Chess

With over 100 Active In-Person Courses and online Broadcasts per week, we bring quality instruction to the Bay Area and Beyond!

This page is dedicated to Absolute Beginners (Brand new players unable to Checkmate, or Level-1 students). If you are looking for options for more experienced Players (Levels 2-5), please visit our 2023-Online Terms or Weekend Clubs


 Bay Area Chess accepts New Level 1 Students in any of our After-School programs! 
Are we in your School?!

Otherwise, First-Time Players may join us for any of the following:
     - Online Term Classes (link), description below (Level 1 Classes) 
     - In-person drop-in Weekend Clubs (link)
     - In-person Camps (link)

Level 1 - Absolute Beginners:
 For BRAND NEW players only: still learning the pieces and unable to checkmate or complete a game without assistance. More on Levels

All Online Registrants: BAC is in partnership with www.Chesskid.com to provide every registered (online) student with a free $49 value 1-Year gold membership account where students will have 24/7 access to unlimited games, extra lessons, puzzles, and to serve as a platform for students to play classmates and others across the nation. Classes will utilize Zoom-Breakout to optimize learning groups for larger classes with our low coach ratio for 100% live and interactive courses! You will not need any materials as everything is provided online.

Topics may include: Piece names/movement, starting position, turn-sequence, piece values, special rules, general board competencies and checks/checkmates. Combine with the first 10 animated lessons on your ChessKid account for optimal development and growth!



Online Term Classes (all classes)
Level 1 Online Term Classes are 60-minute classes hosted once per week for a term of 7 weeks. Choose any of the "Level 1-2" options and click a preferred Day/Time for more info.

General Camps Menu (all camps)
Seasonal Chess Camps are for all players, new or proficient!.

Weekend Club Options (All clubs)
Single-Session Drop-in Classes available Online or in Person in multiple locations!

In Online classes, BAC's experienced coaches are able to track all progress and give assessments based on Chesskid.com performance and scores!  A Homework suggestion curriculum will be emailed to help every child maintain the practice needed to stay on track (and join us for level 2 going forward!)
  New users: Information about your ChessKid Membership will be emailed 1-4 days before Course starts. You will be added to our BAC general Club with nearly 5000 other active members!
  Zoom: The orientation for the class (containing the Schedule and Zoom Link) are emailed to you roughly 24 hours before the Course starts.
* Hotmail.com users: Our Links often end up in your Spam Folder, please check there before emailing!

More Online Course FAQ


Contact Us

  https://enrichment.bayareachess.com is the BAC Enrichment Site
          All Camps / Classes / Clubs / Chesskid.com / Practice Events / Teams use the Enrichment website.
Support email: enrich@bayareachess.com

 https://www.bayareachess.com is the BAC Tournament Site
All USCF Events use the Tournament website.
Support email: 

  *Note that the two sites use different login credentials, so you will have to make a new account if you are a first-time visitor (we suggest making account credentials the same for both sites).  Apologies for this hassle as we work on optimizing the user-experience.