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Shyam Gandhi
Texas, United States
Sep 20, 2014
Last Login
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Supporting member since Jun 29, 2016

Hi and thanks for visiting my chess.com coaching profile! I am National Master Shyam Gandhi and I would love to be the coach that takes your game to new heights! I am the President and co-founder of SoCalJuniorChess (a small business started by two close friends that run  affordable, quality, chess camps for kids of all levels) and was the president of my High School's Chess Club. I have always had an enormous amount of success at scholastic tournaments and know how to effectively share my secrets for success at these tourneys with my group and private students. 

Online lessons available over Skype!

"Shyam was great in teaching chess. He was always prepared for the lessons to teach and the homework was ready ahead of the class. He took time to explain both kids separately considering there age and their skill level. My kids enjoyed learning from Shyam."

Mridu S. (Mother of Saamarth and Shravya (Both Unrated) Cerritos, CA)


"I approached Shyam because my son was falling behind in tournaments due to the lack of private coaching guidance/analysis that we could offer. We wanted someone who can analyze his games, teach new tactics and mentor him in this area. I heard about Shyam through one of my friend and how he helped her son to improve the ratings. Shyam being a senior in HS and playing tournaments regularly himself makes a big difference in teaching younger kids as he is able to related to how tournaments are played etc. Shyam has helped my son in providing detailed analysis of the games and what moves really helped or didn't help with the game etc.I have found the experience to be very helpful for my son as he started getting back on track that I thought he was falling behind. And also the convenience of taking it online without having to drive is a plus as well for busy parents.I would recommend Shyam to people who need help with mentoring and detailed analysis of games, tactics. "

-Sudha R. (Mother of Naveen P. (1500 USCF) Los Angeles, CA)


"I decided to enroll my child in a SoCal Junior Chess Camp because it was affordable and taught by highly rated young chess players. I had been looking for more ways to feed my son's love for chess.  My son learned a lot about strategies during the day, and he enjoyed blitz when he was able to apply what he learned One thing I liked was the small group learning environment I found the experience inspiring to meet such lovely people The instructors were young but extremely skilled at chess. Because they were young, they could relate to the kids' struggles with chess.  I would recommend SoCal Junior Chess Camps to parents who are looking for an affordable option for their budding to advanced chess players."

Lili Y. (Mother of Austin T. (800 USCF) Los Angeles, CA)


"I whole heartedly recommend SoCalJuniorChessCamp to anyone remotely interested in the world of chess. My son was so engrossed in the camp on the first day that he actually forgot to eat lunch! He learned a great deal, from tactics to mindset/strategy all while growing his love and passion for the game. From a pure novice to a rated player, the instructors can cater to any and all levels of skill."

David Y. (Father of Dawson Y. (700 USCF) Los Angeles, CA)


More about Me

I have consistently been top 30 in the nation for my age group throughout the last ten years and have competed nationally and internationally in tournaments since the age of five. My best wins are against IM Joshua Sheng (2016) and FM David Bassett (2015), and I have drawn multiple International Masters, such as IM Ricardo De Guzman (2015) and IM Tim Taylor (2015), in tournament play as well.  My best tournament win is the 2014 North American Open, held annually in Las Vegas. I have taught hundreds of students in the group setting over the years and have had/continue to have several private students who I devote significant time and attention to. I specialize in understanding the various imbalances of a position and in chess psychology.  I currently enjoy teaching chess to my private students as my deepest passion but still compete in tournaments regularly in order to stay in touch with the game. Apart from playing and teaching chess, I can be found playing basketball and hanging out with friends. have also won four state championships, am a certified club tournament director, and am a USCF Life Member.


Send me a message on chess.com if interested or contact me at [email protected] 


Above all, based on feedback not featured here, parents tend to appreciate the personalized curriculum I create for each student, and the flexibility in my schedule (Available starting 4pm PST on weekdays and 8am PST on most weekends)

Still accepting students! Don't miss out!


Fixed Rate: 45/hr


Rates for training games are negotiable depending on whether you would like analysis or not and what type of analysis you would like (chat or skype)


Serious inquiries only please! Happy to help


Recent Rated Student Accomplishments (July 2017-): 

Viranshi V. : 639 to 806 USCF in one tournament!

Naveen P. (1465): Tie for 2nd/54 in Greater California Scholastic Championships in U1500 section

Sathya S. (1279): Tie for 5th/54 at the Greater California Scholastic Championships U1500 Section

Darsh M. (672): +49 point rating gain!

Naveen P. (1565): Tie for 2nd/32 at the SoCalOpen U1600 section - +75 point rating gain!

Sathya S. (1326): 3rd place at the 9th Off Da Rook Scholastic K-12 Open Section

Darsh M. (766): 2nd place at the 9th Off Da Rook Scholastic K-8 U700 Section- +94 point rating gain!

Vaideesh S. (1061): Clear 1st at the 9th Off Da Rook Scholastic K-12 U1000 Section- +100 point rating gain!



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