Welcome to Kingston Chess Academy! Our mission is to provide a Centre of Excellence for junior chess in the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames.

We provide a nurturing environment for children, fostering a love for chess and cultivating essential life skills through the game.


We recognise chess as more than just a board game; it is a powerful educational tool that enhances critical thinking, concentration, problem-solving, and decision-making skills. Our dedicated team of experienced chess tutors is committed to imparting not only the rules and strategies of the game but also instilling values such as patience, perseverance, and sportsmanship.


Our curriculum is designed to cater to varying skill levels, ensuring that beginners receive a solid foundation while advanced players are challenged to reach their full potential. Through interactive lessons, practice matches, and engaging activities, students will develop a deep understanding of chess principles, tactics, and strategic thinking.


Beyond the board, Kingston Chess Academy seeks to create a supportive community where young minds can thrive and build lasting friendships. We believe that chess is a gateway to a world of intellectual exploration and personal growth, and our Academy is committed to providing a platform where every child can unlock their cognitive potential and develop a lifelong love for learning.

The Academy meets at Tiffin School
London Road
Kingston upon Thames
Surrey KT2 6RL

Car park available for drop off and pick up


Who we are?

Chess Director: Ameet Ghasi

Ameet Ghasi is an International Master who has won the British RapidPlay title (the youngest ever winner at the age of 13) and the British Chess title. He stepped back from chess to pursue a successful accountancy career. He is now devoting more time to chess and is on his way to qualify as a grandmaster having achieved two out of the three norms required. Ameet developed his chess skills at the famous Checkmate Junior Chess Club in Birmingham where he sparred with England’s first grandmaster Tony Miles. Ameet is motivated to develop children’s talents to achieve competitive success.

Academy Director: John Foley

John is an experienced chess player and chess tutor. He teaches chess at schools and also privately. John is a certified FIDE Instructor, a certified ECU School Chess Teacher, a councillor with the European Chess Union Education Commission and President of Kingston Chess Club.  He was the London under-16 champion and Oxford University chess champion. John is the Director of ChessPlus, the chess education company running the Academy. He has recently published a book for beginners titled Checkmate! which can be obtained online from Amazon or Blackwells.

For further information, contact John on 07850 045805

Or email the office: [email protected]

Children can join the Academy from the age of 8 to 18

Every Monday,  from 5:00 pm until 6:45 pm, during term time

Taking the next step for those who know chess basics

Kingston Chess Club