Bay Area Chess started as a parent volunteer organization when Founder Salman Azhar's son moved to a new school with a low-quality high-cost commercial program. The goal was to sharpen the minds of our own children through top-notch instruction by deeply passionate teachers.

Our work was so successful that other parents requested programs and events at their school. We had to grow fast and hired professional coaching and administrative staff to support the growth. Almost 15 years later, our values remain the same and we treat all children like our own and do for them what we would do for our children. We have constantly evolved and improved our program to stay committed to that goal.

Financial Aid is available, please contact for more information.


Svetlana Kondakova
Enrichment Program Manager