Who we are

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

Learn @ Aspire

From being a physical chess club, we have now evolved into a full online training system comprising of live session with coaches, recorded videos, analysis sessions, training assignments, tournaments, and a lot of fun!

Powered by Google Classroom

Frequent Online Tournaments

Live Sessions with Coaches (English & Tamil)

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:

October 26, Monday:
– 11 AM to 12 PM: Analysis session with Coach Anand
– 6 PM to 7 PM: Group A class with Coach Arun.
– 8 PM to 9 PM: Crazy House Fun Blitz Tournament: Open for all!
LINK: https://lichess.org/tournament/1lhu7xUH

October 27, Tuesday:
– 6 PM to 7 PM: Group B class with Coach Arun & Group C class with Coach Swaraj.
– 8 PM to 9 PM: Problem Solving Contest

October 28, Wednesday:
– 6 PM to 7 PM: Group A class with Coach Arun
– 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM: Practice Hour: Winning from an advantageous position/ Defending in a losing position.

October 29, Thursday:
– 6 PM to 7 PM: Group B class with Coach Arun & Group C class with Coach Swaraj.
– 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM: *Aspire Practice Arena* – Selection to GM Simul.

October 30, Friday:
– 6 PM to 7 PM: Group A class with Coach Arun
– 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM: Aspire Team Tournament 10+5

October 31, Saturday:
– 6 PM to 7 PM: Puzzle Battle Tournament.
– 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM: Aspire Chess Center Vs Crowborough Chess Club (UK): Friendly Team Match: https://lichess.org/tournament/z2Q9fZnQ

November 1, Sunday:
– 10 AM to 11 AM: Combined class for Group B & C with Coach Anand.
9 AM to 6 PM: Aspire Round Robin tournament (REAL EVENT!!). Venue: Mission Street, Pondicherry. (Contact Arun for more info!)
– 8PM to 9PM: Open for All 3+2 Blitz tournament!


Do you like stories?

We love stories 🙂 In fact, you’ll be excited to hear about the time when kids tried to plant a “Chocos” tree or the story behind our first magic show for kids. We created a unique space for blogging, which you can access here.


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