Welcome to the home page of Aspire Chess Center, Pondicherry. You can find more information here about our history, online chess classes (We have evolved), about our tournaments, and much more! Happy exploring! If you can’t find what you are looking for, feel free to contact us.

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 recorded lessons (Only Tamil at the moment), training assignments, tournaments, and a lot of fun!

Powered by Google Classroom

Frequent Online Tournaments

Recorded Video Lessons in Tamil

Know Your Coach

Arun J

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.

S. Badrinath

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.

Upcoming Tournaments

July 6, Monday:
6:00 PM Bug House (Supply) Fun Tournament on Chess.com:
To join:
Step 1: Join Team. Step 2: Read the rules. Step 3: Registration is open one hour before the event. Tournament link here.

July 7, Tuesday:
6:00 PM: Puzzle Battle!

July 8, Wednesday:
2 PM Bug House (Supply) Fun Tournament on Chess.com.
– 6:00PM: 4th Aspire Inter-Club Team Battle! (Learn more) – Note: No entry fee/No prize fund this time, let’s have fun and learn from the games! We’re almost broke so apologies for pulling out the prizes this time.

July 9, Thursday + July 10, Friday + July 11, Saturday:
Long time control Round robin: Time control will be 20+20 with two games per day. We will limit the number of players per group this time.

July 12, Sunday:
10 AM: Aspire Students Team Battle: TEAM BATTLE LINK: https://lichess.org/tournament/ZlnPJs1f
9PM: Forward Chess 3+1 blitz tournament.

To know more information, or to join our Whatsapp group for tournament communications, contact us here –> Contact us


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