Mission Statement

The club opened at the end of 2015 with the aim of providing top quality chess coaching in South West London. The goal of the club is to open up the world of competitive chess in a fun environment.  We endeavour to rapidly bring the children up to a level where they can compete in both local and national events.  To do this, we provide work books and set optional homework tailored for each child every week. We offer additional support outside of club hours and ensure that each child fulfils their potential. Parents are kept up to date with the plethora of chess events taking place all over the country and often we will attend as well to offer our support. We appreciate that it can be difficult to make every session so we operate a drop in policy where you only need to pay for the sessions you attend.

About Us

Tony Niccoli

Tony began teaching chess at the early age of 13 where he spent 5 years as the head coach of Barnet Knights chess club.  Since completing his Economics degree at LSE in 2004 he has been a full time chess teacher. He currently runs chess clubs at several of the best schools in London. His students have enjoyed enormous success playing at the highest level both nationally and internationally; several having played for England in the World and Youth Championships. Tony is extremely proud to have taught many former London and British junior champions. Every year he consistently produces some of the highest rated players in the country. He also successfully manages the Barnet Junior County teams who were national champions last year. Tony doesn’t just teach, he organises large junior chess events with over 200 children attending at a time and is a Trustee of the prestigious London Junior Chess Championships. He is a qualified ECF arbiter and can often be seen at junior events supporting the children he works with. Although Tony was one of England’s strongest juniors, he spent several years not competing until starting again in 2014. He quickly attained his current ECF rating of 200.

Toni Johansson

Toni is a qualified teacher who used to teach Politics in his native Sweden before embarking upon a career as a chess teacher. As a junior Toni achieved success by finishing third in the Swedish Under-21 Championship in 1994 as well as finishing second in the Open Junior Championship in 1993. Since then he has continued to play competitive chess and now coaches full time in various schools as well as privately.

Lucas Duda

Lucas caught the bug for the game when he was 12 years old and quickly became fascinated by the depth and rich history of the royal game.

Despite having played in a number of junior tournaments in his native Poland he dropped chess at the age of 16 returning to it only last year.
Lucas is a qualified history teacher who likes lengthy books and  rock music. He finds chess coaching both intellectually and emotionally rewarding.