• Bay Area Chess Teams

    @ the new BAC Chess Center
    or @ Palo Alto Unitarian Universalist Churc

    @ 2050 Concourse Drive Suite #42, San Jose, CA 95131 (map)

    General flyer for the BAC Teams

    Team member? Pay for your team membership here.

    Since the BAC teams are targeted for tournament players, the detailed pages for each teams are hosted on the BAC tournament website: www.bayareachess.com
    We would like to give a brief overview here so that those who are interested in learning more can get an initial idea what are the BAC Team classes offering and gives directions where to look for more information.
    For any questions: please email enrich@bayareachess.com

    BAC Teams
    Categories and classifications

    BayAreaChess have 4 different categories of teams, and players and students are welcome to inquire about these based on their USCF rating and tournament experience.

    BAC Elite Team: invitational only for players with 1900+ USCF rating
    Meets: Saturdays 9AM-11AM
    Head Coach: GM Daniel Naroditsky (12892910)
    More Info:  Elite Team page

    BAC A-team: for players in the 1500-1900 USCF rating range
    Meets: Saturdays 11AM-1PM
    Head Coach: IM Kostya Kavutskiy
    More Info:  A-Team page

    BAC Intermediate Team: for players in the 1000-1500 USCF rating range
    Meets: Saturdays 1-3 PM
    Head Coach: IM Faik Aleskerov & GM Zviad Izoria
    More Info:  Intermediate Team page

    BAC First Team: for players who are looking for challenging team training
    Players without rating as well as with under1000 USCF rating range are welcome to inquire.
    Meets: Saturdays 10AM-12PM @ Palo Alto
    or 3PM - 5PM @ San Jose
    Head Coaches: IM Faik Aleskerov & GM Zviad Izoria
    More Info:  First Team page



    For Schedule and specific tournament recommendation,
    please visit the BAC Team main page at the tournament website:



    Team Fees, Policies & FAQ

    Monthly Team Fees
    Elite: $150/month
    A-team, Intermediate, First team: $150/month
    The fee is non-discountable. This means no Basic, Gold or Platinum pass membership can be applied to the fee.

    Late Pick-up policy:
    Team players are expected to be picked up within 5 minutes to the end of their class. Any player who is not picked up by 10 minutes after the class ends will be given a warning. Second incident may result in withdrawal from the team. Please, respect our coaches by respecting their time.

    Team Fee includes

    - 2 hours of training with the team and Head Coach on three weekends
    (total of 6 hours of training time)
    - email communication followups during the week with Head Coach regarding problems & solutions, personalized questions, and much more.

    Missed a class? Make-up policy
    To ensure retaining quality titled instructors, we cannot offer make up classes for missed classes.

    Q: What's the difference between the Weekend Clubs and the BAC Teams?
    A: The clubs are more casual, fun athosphere and attendance can be on an ad-hoc basis by purchasing a drop-in fee. Teams need commitments and consistent attendance, and will be focues on improvement in all areas of chess.

    Q: Can we try out the class? Do you offer a first try-out class?
    A: You can bring your child upon confirming space with us, there will be no charge if your child chooses not to continue after the class. If you continue, you will be charged the regular monthly fee.

    Q: What is expected from the Team members?
    A: Consistent attendance and team commitment. Also recommended to spend anywhere between 2-30hr/week on chess at home.

    Q: What software or other tools are required for the team members?
    A: For the Elite and A-team members, Chess base (http://shop.chessbase.com/en/categories/chessbase) is required software. For the Intermediate and Beginner team members, there is no required tool at this point.

    Q: Is there a maximum number of team members for each team?
    A: Yes. Elite team is by invitation only. All other teams are open but are limited to 12 for each of the A-team , Intermediate Team, and Beginner team.

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