Virginia Commonwealth Chess Kids, LLC offers weekend chess classes, after-school programs, summer camps in Loudoun County.
Our teachers are Joseph Calapati a U.S. Chess Expert (FIDE Rating of 2175 as of March 2018) and FIDE Master Christopher Castellano (online coach) who has a current FIDE rating of 2202 and had a peak rating of 2300. Coach Chris taught a student who just won a Gold Medal in the recently concluded ASEAN Age Group Championship. Our chess school has produced State, National, and International Champions.
Our chess school opened in the summer of 2014 in Stone Ridge Community.
Presently, we offer classes in two different locations, 21690 Red Rum Drive Ashburn, VA 20148 and in Gateway Community Church with address 42350 Tall Cedars Pkwy, South Riding, VA 20152.
We would love to have you visit us. Check us out and if you like what you see, we do encourage you to join us!
To see our previous activities, pictures, and reviews please click the following links:
Virginia Commonwealth Chess Kids and vcchesskids.wordpress.com
Below are the pictures of our chess students and their triumphs:
Coach Joseph and Blessie Sujit of McNair Elementary. Blessie finished 6th place with 4/5 points in the Under 600 K3 Category.
Coach Joseph and Chance Nguyen who finished with 4.5/5 points to grabbed the title as State Co-Champion and 3rd Top Girl Award.
Coach Joseph watching from afar the titanic clash between to amazing chess kids Brian Tay vs. Jason Liang. Brian won in a marathon endgame. People were all excited about this game right when the pairing was announced.
Our K-3 students who are all victorious! Seven VC Chess Kids finished inside the Top 10 of this Championship Section. (Other players are not in the picture).
Suhas and Subat!
Coach Joseph and Suhas Devarakonda. Suhas finished with 4/5 points in the K3 Under 600 category. He won the 4th Place Trophy.
Coach Joseph and Kindergartener Ryan Liu.
Our former student Owen Levin finished 4th Place with 3.5/5 points.
Two strong V.C. Chess Kids - 7 yr old Dhruva Patil (1794 USCF) and 10 yr old Brian Tay (1865 USCF).
Owen Levine finished strong 2nd place in the 3rd grade section!
Dhruva finished 3rd in the 2nd grade section!
7 year old Dhruva Patil finished strong as the number 1 player in the 7 year old section and under in the whole nation!
Joseph and Dhruva seeing each other for the 1st time after more than 2 years. Lessons and communications are all online.
Nehan Ramanujakootam is our online student from Houston, Texas finished with 5/7 points.
Neel finished 2nd in the Under 1000 section.
Brian tied for 2nd to 5th place in the strong 5th grade section. Brian played the top board in the last round and drew his game against the champion Jed Sloan.
2018 National Grade Level Championship: Ananya Ananth finished strong 11th place with 5.5 points out of 7.
Brian Tay and Jason Liang competing against strong players in one of the training games in our chess school.
Brian Tay and Jason Liang on their individual match up.
Our school in Ashburn
Chance Nguyen and Brian Tay competing in Spain for the World Cadet Championship.
2 VC Chess Kids competing in Spain for the World Cadet Championship.
Malaysian Chess Festival: Our student Brian Tay finished 9th place out of 100 kids. Congratulations Brian! Go VC Chess Kids! Go USA!
2018 Maryland K-5 State Chess Championship: Our student Anish Mariappan finished with 4/5 points and is a Co-Champion!
2018 Florida State Championship: K-1 Dhruva wins back to back championship! Amazing result!
2018 K-5 Va State Co-Champion Brian Tay and Teacher Joseph after the event.
2018 K-5 State Championship: Back-to-back State Champion for Brian Tay.!
Brian scored 5.5/6 points and finished as a co-champion in K-5 section.
K-3 Va State Championship: Pranav finished strong with 5/6 points to finish tied for 3rd-6th.
Pranav and Teacher Joseph after the event.
2018 State Championship K-3: Pranav tied for 3rd with 5/6 points.
K-8: Aadarsini scored 4/6 points.
DMV Chess League March 2018: Srimayi and Aadarsini (both 6th graders) scored the much needed 2 victories for the VC Chess Kids: Pawn Storm team to secure the top award for the under 1600 section.
DMV Chess League March 2018: The 3 VC Chess Girls competing in the DMV Chess League and won the 1st Place in the Under 1600 section. The 3 girls are Diya Deepak, Srimayi Merugu, and Aadarisini Murugan Ayyapan all 6th graders.
DMV Chess League March 2018:
Srimayi (6th grader) scored the final point of the VC Chess Kids: Pawn Storm Team beating her opponent who is rated 1550 to secure the top award for the under 1600 section.
Srimayi`s performance in this league: wins against, 1350 and 1550 and draws with 1550, 1500, and 1920 USCF ratings.
2018 K-8 State Championship: Pranav Chintakunthla wins 1st place in under 1400 section.
National K1 Championship: Dhruva finished 2nd Place!
2017 National 3rd Graders Championship: Kevin Su finished 12th Place!
Mid Atlantic Scholastic Chess Championship (K5):
VC Chess Kids update:
Congratulations to Alan for finishing 2nd with a score of 3.5/4 and Anish 6th place with 3/4 points.
Baltimore Elementary School Championship: Brian and Ananya won a trophy for their school.
Pracheth wins a trophy at the Baltimore Elementary Chess Championship
Pracheth won a trophy in Maryland Scholastic Chess Tournament.
Congratulations to VC Chess Kid Ava Boren (6 years old) for winning the DMV Chess K8 Tournament!
Kevin Su and Joseph after a chess class.
Arlington Chess Club Under 1700 Section: Brian and Barzin finished tied for 1st place! Congratulations!
Atharv and Vedanth after winning their first trophies in the Silver Knights Chess Tournament
Alan just won a trophy in Maryland Scholastic Chess!
Potomac Chess Tournament:
VC Chess Kids Students:
Aadirsini: 5/5 points - Champion-$250
Akshaj: 4/5 points - 2nd Place-$50
2017 U.S. Open Chess Championship: Jason Liang finished strong 1st in the Under 1800 section!
2017 World Open Scholastic Under 1400:
Brian finished 3rd and Allison finished 4th!
Aadarssinni finished 1st in under 800!
Akshaj finished 4th in under 1000 section.
2017 Super Nationals: Allison Tay finished 16th in the K5 Under 1200 section. Next to her is the 2017 U.S. Women`s Chess Champion Sabina Foisor
Teacher Joseph with 2017 Va State Champion Brian Tay!
2017 VA State Championship K-3: VC Chess Kid Brian Tay is the Champion. He finished the event with 6/6 points!
2017 VA State Championship K-5: Diya tied for 2nd-5th. She also won the Top Girl award!
VA State Championship
K-5 Blitz: Srimayi finished 4th place!
2017 VA State Championship K-5: Allison finished 19th place!
2017 VA State Team Championship K-5 Section: Liberty Elementary finished 5th despite having only 3 players! Congratulations Anantha, Kaushi, Vishvag!
VC Chess Kid (Wednesday Group) Srimayi with her trophy after winning the McNair Chess with a perfect score!
March 2017 McNair K-3: Pranav wins 1st place with a score of 5/5 points!
McNair K-3: VC Chess Kid Tejas scored 4/5 to win the 3rd place trophy! Congratulations!
McNair K-3: Shreyas finished 6th place.
VC Chess Kid student Dhruva win Florida K-1 State Chess Championship January 2017!
December 2016: National Scholastic Championship: (Kinder Section): VC Chess Kid student Dhruva finished as co-Champion! Congratulations!
McNair K-5: 3 VC Chess Kids students are co- champs by finishing with identical score of 4/4 points each!
2 VC Chess Kids students receiving their awards at Mcnair Chess tournament.
May 2016 McNair Chess: Fine Result for VC Chess Kid students!
K-3: Grace - 5th Place
K-5: Barzin - Champion 4/4
K-5: Srimayi - 3rd Place 3.5/4
K-8: Diya- Co-champ 3.5/4
McNair K-5: VC Chess Kid student Barzin 4/4 points Champion!
2016 Pennsylvania State Championship: VC Chess Kids student Pre-schooler Dhruva is the Champion in Kindergarten section!
Dhruva with his new chess board!
2016 VA State Championship: VC Chess Kids student Grace receives her trophy in K-3- Top Girl and Top 7th overall!
2016 VA State Chess Championship: VC Chess Kids students and their awards!
2016 VA State Championship: Diya (Discovery ES) is receiving her trophy in K-5 top under 1000 rated!
2016 VA State Championship: Brian Tay (Little River ES) with his trophy and medal in K-3 section.
2016 VA State Championship: Dheenav (Liberty ES) is receiving his medal in K-3!
2016 VA State Championship: Clement Ding (Floris ES) is receiving his medal in K-3!
2016 VA State Championship: Liberty Elementary Chess Team finishing 5th!
2016 VA State Championship: Harsha (Rosa Lee Carter ES) with his medal in K-5!
A short warm-up during in-between rounds!
2016 VA State Championship
2015 National Championship in Orlando, Florida: Grace with the white pieces!
National Scholastic Championship!
2015 Mid Atlantic Grade Level Championship!
Mid-Atlantic Grade Level Championship in Baltimore, Maryland: Joseph and Dhruva!
Mid-Atlantic Grade Level Championship: Dhruva finishing 2nd place in K-1!
Daddy and Grace with her trophy: 2nd place finish in McNair K-3!
Clement Ding and Joseph at Dulles Scholastic Chess Tournament!
McNair Chess Tournament: VC Chess Kids students from Liberty Elementary Schoo (Anantha, Visvhvag, Veeksha) and McNair (Srimayi)!
Dulles Scholastic Chess:
Joseph and students Anantha (Top in K-5) and Diya (Top in K-8).
The Virginia Commonwealth Chess Kids!
Grace vs. Chess Prodigy Ronen Wilson
Pizza time before the 2016 State Championship!
Mid-Atlantic Chess in Baltimore, MD: Daddy and Grace after finishing 5th (4/5 points) in 3rd grade section!
Fairfax Team Championship: The Amazing Chess Kids finished 2nd in both team and mixed event: Team members: Grace Calapati (Captain), Ding Clement (Board 2), Suchir Godavarthia (Board 3) and Veeksha Veeramachaneni (Board 4)!
Grace at Mcnair!
Greenbriar ES vs VC Chess Kids: 2-2!
Arlington Chess Club: Friday Night Action-Grace won her game that lasted for almost 4 hours!
The night before Mcnair Chess Tournament: Dhruva scored 3/4 in K-8. Impressive performance by a pre-schooler!
Dhruva in Pennsylvania!
Dhruva (4yrs. old) scored 3/4 finishing 5th in K-8! Amazing performance for this young chess wizard!
Grace finished 2nd in K-3. Anantha co-champ in K-5 and Vishvag finished 4th in K-5.
Veeksha scored 4/4 in her section. Liberty Elementary receives a trophy!
Grace and Lauren at the 2015 National Scholastic Championship at Disney World Orlando Florida!
Grace won a medal in Floris Elementary K-8 Chess!
Suchir scored 4/4!
Vishvag scored 4 wins in 4 games! Champion!
Veeksha tops her section!
Grace with the white pieces!
Arlington Chess Club: Grace vs child prodigy Ronen Wilson
Dheenav Rallabandi finished strong 4th place in recently concluded 2015 World Open Scholastic Chess held in Arlington, VA
World Open Kids: Dheenav finished strong second!
Dheenav finished 4th in the World Open under 600!
Coach Joseph and Dheenav in one of the chess tactics classes in Stone Ridge Community.
Coach Joseph with daughter Grace and student Suchir finishing 4th and 2nd place respectively at Cherry Blossom Chess Festival
Grace learned chess in August 2014 and joined her 1st ever tourney on May 2015 finishing tied for 2nd-4th at Mcnair Chess.
Coach Joseph watching the chess kids in action!