Chess Instructors

Angelo Tolentino

Calary, AB
Mobile: 403-680-4374

National Master
Vlad Rekhson

Calgary, AB
Phone: 403-970-8032
Not accepting new students
I have several years of coaching experience which includes: private lessons, group instruction, as well as teaching classes in schools. I currently teach at The Renert and Edison schools in Calgary, where chess has been included in the regular school curriculum.

My students range from complete beginners to advanced competitive players.
During private instruction, I first assess the student and besides determining their chess skills, I try to evaluate their approach to learning, what they enjoy the most about chess and base my future lesson plans on that. 

Besides being a chess instructor and a National Master, I am also an International Chess Arbiter. I have been the Chief Arbiter of two Canadian Opens, 6 Edmonton Internationals and an assistant Arbiter in a European Club championship.

National Master
Patrick Tolentino


Phone: 403-397-0017

Hi, my name is Patrick and I am a National Master with a current rating of 2238 (CFC). I have represented and played for Team Alberta in grades 1, 2, 3, 6, & 9 and my highest achievement was placing 3rd place in the Canadian Chess Challenge.

I was also an instructor for the CJCC Sunday Chess School from 2017-2019

I am accepting students who are very new to chess, all the way to students who aim to become a strong club player.

Coaching Philosophy: Understanding is the top priority for the student. Apart from learning key concepts and fundamentals for chess, reviewing the personal games of the student is one of the best ways to improve. I will place great efforts in simplifying specific ideas or mistakes that a student might find difficult to grasp and make them easier to digest. I encourage students to ask me the question "why?" which I am happily ready to clarify since my younger self probably would have asked those questions too!
FIDA Master
Alex Yam


Phone: 403-829-3008
FM Alex Yam 2014 Alberta Chess Champion. Fide Chess Master. Close to 2400 CFC 10 years of experience coaching chess I am very result-driven. I helped countless students achieve or exceeded their desired goals in chess. Some of my students even gained 1000 rating points in only a few years! Please phone me @ (403)829-3008 or email me @ for more details

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