Prodigy School of CHESS and STEM

Prodigy School of CHESS and STEM is an after-school and weekend enrichment program providing computer, math, reading, and chess education for K-12 students.

We started in 2014 as a chess school in Aldie, VA with the name of VA Commonwealth Chess Kids. Our aim is to help students develop their love for learning, develop a solid understanding of key concepts, and gain practical problem-solving skills to enrich their capacity for independent learning.

Operating as usual

While your kids are stuck at home during the coronavirus social distancing period, Prodigy School offers free trial online group chess classes (2 sessions) for kids Grades K-12. This online group classes are for BEGINNERS and INTERMEDIATE levels.

Prodigy School offers highly-structured chess curriculum designed for students with zero chess knowledge all the way to the advanced level.

Prodigy School has successfully produced state, national, and international champions. Some of our students have represented Team USA in world chess competitions.

Our successful online classes have served students across the United States and other Asian countries.

Join our winning tradition!

Beginners: Every Thursdays and Tuesdays at 5:30-7:45 pm
Intermediate: Every Mondays at 5:30-7:45 pm

***This offer is valid for new students only who have never been to any of our trial or formal classes before.

For reservation, please send an e-mail to: [email protected] or [email protected]
Call: 703-577-2320

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2020 Va State Chess Championship (March 7-8):
Stellar performances from our students:

K-3 Championship: Xander finished 3rd
K-3 Under 600: Sahaj finished 5th
K-5 Championship: Owen finished 2nd
K-5 Championship: Shaurya finished 3rd
K-5 Under 1400: Aaditya finished 1st
K-8 Championship: Kent finished 7th
K-8 Championship: Chance won the Va Top Girl
K-8 Under 1200: Kingston finished 4th

After creating their game using Scratch, the two girls are practicing their public speaking skills by presenting the concept of their game to the other students and parents. Great job girls!

Coding for Kids

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Coding Class

Monday Group (Level 2 - Intermediate)

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Prodigy School of CHESS and STEM's cover photo

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Prodigy School of CHESS and STEM

Congratulations Dhruva for finishing 12th Place in the World Cadet Championship in Beijing, China! Despite suffering from flu, Dhruva went on to finish the tournament and could have finished inside TOP 5 had he won the last round. We are proud of your effort!

Completion of World cadet championship.we are happy with the result because during tournament Dhruva got very sick because of Flu. He fought and recovered in the end. He won 7 games 4 loss. Got 12th place in the world. He learned lot from this tournament. Thanks all for your support. Special thanks to CoachJoseph, Coach WGM Katerina Nemcova, Pravin tambe and all family back in India and USA for guidance and support.!!

Congratulations Dhruva Patil for ranking 1st in the World! This is really a special achievement!

Washington International: VC Chess Kids Results

Under 2200 Section:
Dhruva Patil (1975 USCF) scores 5/9 points in the Under 2200 Section winning $250. Dhruva beat WFM Anuprita (2160 USCF) in round 2 with the black pieces. Dhruva lost to players rated, 2140, 2200, 2100, 1900. He went on to win his last 3 remaining rounds beating Aadithya Pillai (1850), Kevin Su (1880), and Yogeshwar Sridhar (1900).

Anish Mariappan finished with 6/9 points and Ananya Ananth scores 5/9 points in the Under 1800 Section.

Congratulations to all our kids.
Fight Like Fischer!

### Panamericano de Ajedrez de la Juventud 2019 - Guayaquil, Ecuador (2019 Pan American Youth Chess Championships)

There were 621 players across 11 sections or divisions by age groups (for male and female) from 25 countries and dependent territories represented. This was Brian's first time competing at Pan-Am. Competing in the age category of Under 12 (U12-A), he qualified as the Official Representative (OR) for the United States, earning this honor from his achievements. That said, there were also pressures and stress that came with that distinction as well.

With a starting rank of #18 out of 76 players in the U-12A section, Brian competed against players from the following countries during the course of the tournament: Peru, Ecuador, Panama, Brazil, Colombia, and USA.

Highlights from the tournament: Brian drew against the #1 ranked U-12 player from Panama, won against the #3 ranked U-12 player from Colombia for the final round, and also won against the #3 ranked (and top seed in the section) U-12 player from Canada in the blitz tournament.

Brian played a good tournament overall but missed the chance to place for a medal; he did finished strong with 6/9 pts placing in the top 10 (#10) in the section, improving his standard FIDE rating.

He also participated in the Pan-Am FIDE Blitz tournament as a side event and improved his FIDE blitz rating as well.

This has been a good experience, honor, a learning opportunity, bonding time and further augments Brian's chess goals as he builds up his international experience and exposure.

#chesslife #chesstravel #nevergiveup #chessparents

Another successful Summer Chess Camp: Endgame Strategy

Brian Tay will be competing and representing the United States in the ### Panamericano de Ajedrez de la Juventud: Guayaquil 2019 (2019 Pan American Youth Chess Championships) which runs from July 20 – 27 in Guayaquil, Ecuador.

Go Brian! Go USA!

Congratulations to my student Dhruva Patil for being the highest ranked player in his age group in U.S. I’m so happy and proud studying with this kid since he was 4 years old.

Congratulations to our Wednesday Group Student Barzin for winning 5/5 in the Under 2000 Continental Chess Tournament. Barzin was my student since he was a complete beginner and now inching closer to 2000 USCF rating. He won over $1000 over the weekend.

Dhruva Patil

Great job Dhruva!

Amazing performance by Dhruva in International Chesskid chess tournament...Dhruva won individual Gold and Silver in Team. Below is Live commentary video.

Good luck to our two students who will play today in the 1st Ever ChessKid Games!

Link to watch on Twitch at on Saturday (June 1st) at 11:00 AM Eastern.

Article Link:
Go Brian and Dhruva!

Have fun in this special event!

1st Ever 'ChessKid Games' This Saturday

We are proud to announce that two of our students were invited to play in the 1st Ever ChessKids Games!

Let`s cheer for both Dhruva Patil and Brian Tay!

Link to watch on Twitch at on Saturday (June 1st) at 11:00 AM Eastern.

Article Link: Ten of the most talented American juniors and ten more child prodigies will partner up and face off in the inaugural "ChessKid Games" on June 1. The competition is the marquee event for, the scholastic extension of The 20 players will form 10 teams of two players and will com...

2019 Cherry Blossom Chess Festival: Under 2100 Section

Congratulations to our Prodigy Chess Program student Dhruva Patil (8 Yrs old) for finishing strong 3rd-4th with 5.5/7 points.

He entered the section as the youngest participant, but led for the most part of the tournament. At some point, Dhruva was 5/5 points, but lost the 6th round and drew the last round to the eventual champions.

Dhruva is currently rated 1965 USCF.

We are very proud of you!

Round 1: WON vs. Abhinav Mundayat (K6. National Champion) 2088 USCF
Round 2: WON vs. Anatoly Bishkek - 1946 USCF
Round 3: WON vs. CM Robert Forney - 2018 USCF
Round 4: WON vs. Roman Goldovsky - 2060 USCF
Round 5: WON vs. Eric Sheng Wu - 2019 USCF (2018 Spain World Cadet Championship Representative)
Round 6: Loss vs. Jonathan Xu
Round 7: DRAW vs. Eric Kurtz - 2070 USCF

DMV FIDE Team Event: Round 1

Our team which is named THE PRODIGIES won their match against the TABIYA TECHNOLOGY 2.5-1.5 behind the wins provided by Ian Barruel and Dhruva Dinesh Patil. NM Jason Liang played the top board and drew with NM Collier. Ronen Wilson dropped his game against Victor Guzman.

Ian Barruel out calculated his veteran opponent in a highly tactical attack and counter attacking game.

8 year old Dhruva Patil won a textbook attack against Philip Newcomb.

Annual MD Open:

Congratulations to our students!

Under 1500 Section:
1. Arad Badiee finished solo 1st with 4.5/5 points

Under 1900 Section:
1. Barzin Badiee finished strong 2nd with 4/5 points. Barzin is now over 1900 USCF.

2. Alan Jegan finished with 3.5/5 improving his rating to 1760 USCF.

Under 1700 Section:
1. Kent Slate finished with 3.5/5 points and has improved to 1530 USCF.

Prodigy Chess Program: Advanced Wednesday Class. Friends and rivals meet up! Plenty of interesting match ups and quality games! Compete and learn with each other.

Welcome back Dhruva Patil in Virginia!

We are proud to share the accomplishments of these kids:
5 Individual State Championship Titles
2 Individual National Championship Titles
4 Top Girl Titles
1 Official Representative in the 2019 World Cadet Championship in China

1st Colonial Open: Under 2100 Section:

Congratulations to our Wednesday Advanced student Barzin Badiee for finishing 2nd with 4/5 points. Barzin is few points away from crossing the 1900 USCF rating.

2019 Spring Chess Camp:

Rosa Lee Carter K-5 CHESS:

Congratulations to our Level 2 student Xander Nguyen for finishing tied for 1st with 4/4 points.

He also beat a player who has a USCF rating close to 1700.

Job well done Xander!

2019 Va State Championship: K-3

We are proud to say that 7 of the Top 10 Players in the K-3 Championship Section are students of VC Chess Kids!

Congratulations to all our students!

Our very own Dhruva Patil is the OFFICIAL REPRESENTATIVE of the U.S. Team For the World Youth Championship In China and Pan American in Ecuador!

We are so proud of you Dhruva!

Big News : Dhruva is USA official representative for World Youth Chess Championship 2019 in China and Pan America in Ecuador

World championship will be played in Weifang, China on Aug 20 - Sept 3 2019

More details :

2019 Va State Championship: K-3 Championship Section

Our student Srinandasai “Nandu” Ari finished strong and clear 2nd with 4.5/5 points.

We are so proud and happy of your victory Nandu!


We fight like Bobby Fischer!

2019 Va State Championship: K-5

Congratulations to our student WCM Chance Nguyen for winning her first ever State Championship (Co-Champ) and the Top Girl Award for 3 consecutive years!

You are simply a fighter!

We are so proud of you!

We Fight Like Bobby Fischer!

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