Central Florida's Best Instructional Chess Program

The OSOTA Chess program is comprised of the following offerings:

  • grade level enrichment classes during the school day at One School of the Arts

  • a middle and high club which allows scholars to play chess on campus during lunch.

  • an after school club which provides instruction for three different skill levels

  • a competitive team which competes at local, state, and national chess championships.

OSOTA Chess in partnership with Orlando Chess Academy is a fluid opportunity for chess players across Central Florida to grow in chess. We are open to the community and accept kids from other schools. We strive to help shape a unique chess identity and to provide turning point resources and progressive opportunities as our players' abilities change & skill levels improve. 

Grades K- 12 | 4 Levels of Chess Instruction | Two Tracks: Competitive and Recreational |

The Right Fit

One of the great things about our program is that we strive to innovate and meet the many, changing needs of our chess players. In order to remain fluid and keep our programs dynamic, we focus on:

Chess Basics . . .

Beginner Chess provides basic instruction such as names and piece movement and is sutitable for all ages. This will be a mixed class of kids in Kindergarten - 6th grade, but this is normal for beginning chess instruction. Students will learn the basic rules of the game and play chess against their peers to develop their familiarity with the game.

Skills Taught:

  • piece names
  • piece development
  • opening moves

** Please note that registration for Kindergarten age players require a consultation. We must see how your player handles a club day. Parents are encouraged to schedule a shadow day, free of charge prior to registering. Please contact radorno@oneschool.net for details.

Club Chess . . .

CLUB CHESS! - a great way for kids who want to use their chess fundamentals and play recreationally with their friends. These students may not be as interested in competition, but can still find challenge in playing others and learning through peer guidance. This is suitable for Beginner - Advanced or all skill levels.

Level Up Chess . . .

LEVEL UP CHESS - for kids who really want to take their chess game to the next level. They are typically at the intermediate level. There will be instruction and lesson-based play in this level. It's perfect for players who are wanting structured challenges, feedback from a coach, and just overall better game play. This is suitable for Intermediate - Advanced, and students will be monitored for possible promotion.Intermediate players are already comfortable with the rules of the game and have a desire to further develop their chess skills. Students will focus on learning and applying tactical patterns and basic opening principles to their games. They will also play chess with their peers in a structured environment (aside from learning, playing time is a crucial aspect of improvement in chess).

Intermediate players are introduced to

  • tactics,
  • further their skill in opening moves.
  • They explore more challenging tactics
  • gain more confidence on the board.

Competitive Chess I & II . . .

COMPETITIVE CHESS - These players are wanting to play others who compete regularly or want to learn how to compete at the local, state, and national level. Players in this level usually have an official USCF rating and are practicing and working on their game through study, competition, and daily tactics. After the first few weeks, we assess who is ready for the second level of Competitive Chess. Our chess coaches really challenge and speak the language of chess players in order to elevate their game. This is suitable for Mid - High Intermediate - Advanced, and students who want to compete in tournaments.

Focuses of this group include

  • building opening repertoires,
  • improving tactical vision
  • learning must-know endgames.

OSOTA Lunch Club . . .

MS/HS LUNCH CLUB is only open to students who attend One School of the Arts and are in grades 8th - 12th. They meet during lunch hours and connect with each other for great games and chess fun. This is great for older scholars who just want more playing time.

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Tournament Registration

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Rates and Scheduled Days . . .

50% off Sibling Discounts are available. Refunds are not available for missed days. If there is a normal cancellation, families will be contacted via email within 48 hours. Emergency 24 hours.

One School Chess Players

CHESS BASICS // Winter Semester $64

CLUB CHESS! // Winter Semester $64

LEVEL UP // Winter Semester $80

COMPETITIVE // Winter Semester $80

LUNCH CLUB CHESS // Winter Semester $0

Community Chess Players

CHESS BASICS // Winter Semester $80

CLUB CHESS! //Winter Semester $80

LEVEL UP // Winter Semester $96

COMPETITIVE // Winter Semester $96



January: 15th , 22nd

February: 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th

March: 5th, 12th


April: 2nd, 9th, 23rd, 30th

May 7th, 21st, 28th


** Winter Registration Nov. 27th - Jan 8th **

Note: Classes fill up quickly. We cap the program at 52 players. Email radorno@oneschool.net to be waitlisted or to preregister for the Spring semester.

Awards & Achievements

2017 Florida State Championships | Orlando. Fl.

2017 Florida State Championships | Orlando. Fl.

 2017 National Scholastic Chess Championships in Orlando. More than half of our competitive team had successful games and won at least one round. 

  • Avery K - 1st place for Unrated Section

  • David R. - 2nd place for his 800 - 1000 section

  • Caleb H. - 3rd place for Unrated Section

  • Andrew T. - 1st place for Blitz Chess




Orlando Chess Academy + OSOTA Chess


2017-2018 OSOTA CHESS + OCA

 2018 State Scholastic Championship

2018 FL State Champions

44 individual wins, 3 team trophies in 2nd, 3rd, and 4th place, as well as 1st place individual.


2017 FL State Champions

K-3 Divison Second Place

K- 5 Division 4th Place

K -8 Division 5th Place


2017 Competitive Team

K-12 National Scholastic Championships

Orlando Florida

2017 Competitive Team

Florida State Scholastic Championships

Orlando, FL.


2016 Competitive Team

Fl. State Scholastic Championships

Orlando, Fl.


December 2014

K -12 National Scholastic Chess Championships