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Select Chess Training Program

The Saint Louis Chess Club offers its Select Chess training program to qualified students with the objective of training them into titled chess players. Under professional instruction from Grandmaster Yuniesky Quesada, accepted scholastic players will receive in-person weekly group training sessions, individual lessons, tournament preparation, and camps.

Training sessions span an entire school semester, and will have a set roster. Students that wish to join must apply before application deadline for the semester. Qualified applicants will be screened and selected by a selection committee. Personal information and tournament history will be evaluated to select the best students for the program.

Grandmaster Yuniesky Quesada
Grandmaster Yuniesky Quesada

Winter 2024 Semester


Orientation Day
Wednesday 6:00 - 8:00 pm
February 7th


Red Group
Mondays   6:00 - 8:00 pm
February   12th, 19th, 26th
March   4th, 11th, 18th, 25th
April   1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th
May   6th, 13th, 20th
Each student will have 6 hours of total of individual lessons for the semester
Attendance to Winter/Summer Camps Required


Blue Group
Wednesdays   6:00 - 8:00 pm
February   14th, 21st, 28th
March   6th, 13th, 20th, 27th
April   3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th
May   1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd
Each student will have 6 hours of total of individual lessons for the semester
Attendance to Winter/Summer Camps Required


Green Group
Personalized Training Schedule
2 hours per week 
February through May
Optional Winter & Summer Camps


Office Hours
Each Saturday   2:00 - 5:00 pm
February   10th, 17th, 24th
March   2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th
April   6th, 13th, 20th, 27th
May   4th, 11th, 18th, 25th
Students will be expected to play during Ladder Day Saturdays
Students will be expected visit Office Hours regularly


2024 Summer Camp
May 27 - 31   12:45 pm - 8:00 pm
Arrival   12:45 pm
Afternoon Training Game   1:00 pm (Sharp)
Snack and Break   2:30 pm
Afternoon Lecture   2:40 pm
Dinner Break   4:00 pm
Evening Skittles   4:30 pm
Evening Training Game   5:00 pm (Sharp)
Evening Lecture   6:30 pm
Departure   7:45 pm - 8:00 pm
Students should plan on attending this Summer Camp
This camp is included in the price of your Select Chess Tuition (a $450.00 value)


Requirements and Application (Please read carefully).


Please download, and fill out the PDF Application and email the completed application to with the title Select Chess Application 2024 - Name - Date of Submission.

Winter 2024 applications can be submitted upto January 25th, 2024. The same application can be used at the links below.


1. Application for Fall 2024 should be submitted by Thursday, August 15th, 2024. Please fill out the PDF Application HERE and email it to Richard Pointer at

2. All Students must play in at least 1 Standard Rated tournament per month.

3. All Students will attend 1 Office Hour Session per month (Students should play at least one ladder game, and seek out one-on-one analysis from GM Quesada).


4. Red and Blue Groups:     Payment of $450 for the semester.

                                                           Non-refundable if withdrawn or dropped from program.                                                                                 


5. Green Group:                   Payment of $850 for the semester. 

                                                           Non-refundable if withdrawn or dropped from program.



Not all qualified applicants will be accepted due to limited space. 

Please review all requirements above before applying.