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!
No recordings; we are 100% live.  No Webinars; we are 100% Interactive.

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 Fall 2021 Terms or 2021 Camps Pages. 


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

Otherwise, First-Time Players may join us for:
     - Online Term Classes (link), description below
     - Online Boot-Camps (link), description below
     - In-person drop-in Weekend Clubs (link)
     - In-person Camps (link)


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, everything is provided online.

Online Course Descriptions for Level-1 (brand new) players:

- Level 1 Online Term Classes are 60-minute classes hosted once per week for a term of 6-8 weeks on two different scheduling tracks. (Show me

- Level 1 Online Boot-Camps are 50-minute sessions hosted 'daily' for 1 week, during seasonal Holiday or Summer breaks.

Camp List

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


General Camps Menu (all camps)
Fall 2021 Online Term Classes (all classes)


BAC's experienced coaches are 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 camps 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 3500 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 BAC FAQ Here.