Who we are

We are a chess club based in the city of Pondicherry, India. We believe in innovative teaching methods, having a lot of fun, developing a competitive atmosphere and in a creative approach towards chess training aimed at holistic development in children.

Learn @ Aspire

The COVID pandemic has changed the way we function. From being a dedicated physical chess club in Pondicherry, we have now changed to a virtual chess club that also offers face-to-face personal classes at your doorstep if required. Feel free to contact us if you have questions.

Online Group Classes

Training Games & Tournaments

Online & Face-to-face personal classes

Know Your Coach

Arun is a passionate and fun-loving chess trainer with experience in different fields. His highest FIDE rating is 2129 and has played in the international arena for a short span of time before finding his passion for teaching. He dropped out of engineering in the last year and started his own learning journey which led him to wear different hats – from being a writer, a hobby programmer, a volunteer in non-profits to being a part of different startups internationally through freelancing. He has had the privilege of working with some of the exceptional minds in the chess field like Susan Polgar, Maurice Ashley, and many leading chess companies.

Swaraj is a former Jharkand State champion(twice) and an experienced player & coach. His highest FIDE rating is 2223 and he also holds the title of FIDE Instructor(2019). His biggest achievement as a coach is when his student Samarth won a silver medal in the World Junior (For disabled) Chess Championship. He is also a polyglot who can speak 7 languages.

Anand is a successful coach from the last decade who has produced both State and national medals during his peak in 2008/09. As a player, his highest FIDE rating is 2073. In the chess circle, we all know him for his brilliant entry into the chess field when, as an unrated he defeated a 2500 player and became an overnight sensation. As things turned out, he switched to a government job and kept a low profile ever since. He is an advisor for Aspire and helps whenever his schedule permits.

Badri is a former Pondicherry State champion with the highest FIDE rating of 2093. He is an experienced player who also proved himself at the national level in 2017 when he finished 5th in the National Under 25 Championship. He is also an Engineering graduate from a prestigious NIT.

Weekly Activities Schedule:

There’s a temporary hold on tournaments. We’ll be focusing only on classes for now.

Intermediate Level Group Classes:
– Tuesday, Thursday: 6 PM to 7 PM IST.
– Weekends: Practice Activities.


Use the contact form below to reach out to us. You can also call us on +91 – 77089 21273 or email: arunjchess@gmail.com