It’s been awhile since our last post, but here are some updates with KLA Chess Club

* Club is participating in the San Diego Scholastic Chess League with the 4S-Ranch Library Chess Club and Gompers Preparatory Chess Club

* After School Chess Club is well underway

* Chess class is using the Chess Magnet School program

* We are planning to host two scholastic tournaments (Tentatively for Dec and Mayor June)


San Diego Scholastic Chess League

KLA Chess Club has now partnered up with the Gompers Preparatory Academy Chess Club and 4S-Ranch Community Library Chess Club to form the San Diego Scholastic Chess League.

The purpose of the league is to develop Scholastic Chess in San Diego in a fun and instructive environment. This will be a great opportunity for our students to develop their game, establish new relationships and have fun playing chess.

Our goal is to improve each week. For more information about the league, visit the website. San Diego Scholastic Chess League

KLA Chess Club now on Chess Magnet School.

KLA Chess Club will now be utilizing arguably the best scholastic Chess teaching program available, Chess Magnet School. KLA chess club received the $1,000 fund through the generous supporters of Donors Choose.

Chess Magnet School is an instructive online chess program that allows students to learn at their own pace. Students obtain different levels based upon their conceptual understanding. The program also allows the instructor and parents to monitor their students’ progress.

Chess Magnet School will allow KLA chess club members free access for the upcoming year in which students may participate in either in class with our class set of lap tops or at home. We are looking forward to an exciting year of chess.

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and others were generous supporters of this project to bring Chess Magnet School to KLA.

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and others were generous supporters of this project to bring Chess Magnet School to KLA.

2014 KLA Spring Open





Saturday, June 7, 2014- Keiller Leadership Academy

The KLA chess club hosted its 2nd annual Spring Open Chess tournament. Last year, the tournament consisted only students from KLA and was a great start to the chess program. However, this year’s tournament featured approximately 40 students from KLA and other parts of San Diego, including Gompers Preparatory Academy and North Country SD.It was a great addition to the tournament to have more students attend with strong competition. 

This year’s tournament had 4 sections including Open, Intermediate, Novice and a special Rated Beginner’s Open (RBO). Tournament cross tables can be found from the USCF  

Top finishers from this year’s tournament:


1 | PEDRO IVAN ROJAS               |4.5  |W   5|W   2|W   3|D   4|B    |
   CA | 15184057 / R:  821   ->1043    |     |     |     |     |     |     |
      |            Q:  802P25-> 999    |     |     |     |     |     |     |
    2 | ANKIT BISAIN                   |4.0  |W   4|L   1|B    |W   3|W   5|
   CA | 15212230 / R: 1108   ->1115    |     |     |     |     |     |     |
      |            Q: 1101P20->1095P24 |     |     |     |     |     |     |
    3 | JOSE LUIS MARTINEZ CORPUS      |3.0  |B    |W   5|L   1|L   2|W   4|
   CA | 15242094 / R:  892P16-> 927P20 |     |     |     |     |     |     |
      |            Q:  875P9 -> 890P13 |     |     |     |     |     |     |

Intermediate Division:
1 | SAHIL WADHWA                   |4.0  |W   5|W  10|W   2|D   3|D   4|
   CA | 15211697 / R:  747   -> 829    |     |     |     |     |     |     |
      |            Q:  713P19-> 823P24 |     |     |     |     |     |     |
    2 | SEBASTIAN JAIMES               |4.0  |W   9|W  12|L   1|W   5|W   6|
   CA | 15242120 / R:  571P17-> 719P22 |     |     |     |     |     |     |
      |            Q:  563P10-> 732P15 |     |     |     |     |     |     |
    3 | NEFTALI BOJORQUEZ              |3.5  |W   7|W   6|L   4|D   1|W   8|
   CA | 15029804 / R:  606P22-> 724    |     |     |     |     |     |     |
      |            Q:  669P15-> 731P20 |     |     |     |     |     |     |

    1 | ARMANDO RADILLA                |5.0  |W   5|W   7|W   4|W   2|W   3|
   CA | 15029605 / R:  493P22-> 816    |     |     |     |     |     |     |
      |            Q:  485P15-> 813P20 |     |     |     |     |     |     |
    2 | NEEL KUMAR                     |4.0  |W   9|W  11|W   8|L   1|W   4|
   CA | 15457820 / R: Unrated-> 789P5  |     |     |     |     |     |     |
      |            Q: Unrated-> 799P5  |     |     |     |     |     |     |
    3 | ANVIT WATWANI                  |3.5  |D   8|W  10|W   5|W   6|L   1|
   CA | 15365451 / R:  166P5 -> 436P10 |     |     |     |     |     |     |
      |            Q:  156P5 -> 432P10 |     |     |     |     |     |     |


Donor’s Choose Project



We have a new Donors Choose Project now posted. We are currently asking for a 1 year site license to the excellent online chess curriculum, “Chess Magnet School”.

 In a class full of students of various playing abilities, Chess Magnet School progresses each student at their own pace and level, allowing students maximum quality instruction. Since this online, students can also practice and learn at home. 

For a limited time, if the promo code 100WOMEN is used by May 7th, donations will be matched dollar for dollar up to $100. 

Click Here to visit our project.

San Diego Union Tribune- High school Nationals


San Diego Union Tribune- High school Nationals


This generation of youth chess players got good faster than their predecessors thanks to computer programs, games and websites that make chess help more accessible than ever. On top of that, more schools are establishing chess programs, which experts say are in sync with the nation’s new Common Core academic standards that go into effect in most states in the fall.

“Chess is a natural fit with Common Core, which preaches going deep with knowledge and applying it,” said Jay Stallings, a member of the United Chess Federation’s Scholastic Committee. “With chess, you’re thinking five and seven moves deep.”

2nd Annual KLA Spring Open


KLA Chess Club will be hosting its 2nd Annual KLA Spring Interscholastic Chess Tournament on Saturday, June 7th at Keiller Leadership Academy, home of the KLA Chess Club. Our inaugural tournament last year was a great success, as well as our National Chess Day Tournament this past October.

Our goal is to get as many students as possible playing. KLA students will be Free, while all other students will be charged only $5. Click here for more information and registration.


Game Annotations

This has been a work in progress, but we are finally starting to analyze and annotate our own games. The goal of this activity is twofold:

a)To help students to analyze their own games and learn from what they did well and what they need to improve on

b) To incorporate writing with chess to develop students writing skills.

Click here for game annotations.