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March 2020...


I am teaching Online Classes!  

I've had them every day since Thursday March 19.

I have to admit, I was nervous about online classes at first. I didn't know that I would enjoy teaching them, and I didn't expect them to be popular. I've been nervously preparing for online classes since January (when parents started asking me if I will offer online classes because of what we now know as COVID-19).



The classes have been very well received by students and parents. I, enthusiastically, added 3 more classes Monday-Wednesday. 

We have classes 7 days a week (8 total). These classes are good for Intermediate-Advanced players who want to improve their tournament play. 

Our free online tournaments are happening almost daily (I will add a Sunday time soon). For about 2 years, they used to be only Wednesdays. 

We have class options for new students, even though this was originally created to be a substitution for our Spring 2020 semester. All classes are taught by me, National Master Jeffrey Ashton, the founder/owner/organizer of Panda Chess Academy (which I plan to reopen as soon as it's safe!).  

Online Class Details


Summer Camps 2020 

Also, I've had Summer Camp details available since February, but I delayed advertising them. 

Here they are. 

I understand that people will either be social distancing this summer, or rushing to get back to normal activities. If you sign up early, please know that I have a reputation for being fair and flexible. I might offer more camps later in the summer if things get pushed back, or offer online camps, maybe both, and I will try to do everything I can possibly do to be fair and not take undeserved payment. But if you are interested, please register early. 

Summer Camps 2020

If you are interested in signing up for the Katy Scholastic Chess Club, click here. 

Spring 2020 Early Registration is open. Classes and tournaments resume January 9. Please visit our Online Store

For more details and dates, click here. 

9 State Champions! (Clear 1st Place, out of 12 grades). Click here to read about it.

3 Special Guests Lecture and Simul, November 25, 2019, 5:30-7:30pm. Click here!

The event is now listed in our Online Store and tickets can be purchased via credit card. Click here.

Please join our mailing list and follow @chesspanda on Twitter for more updates. 

2019 Calendar  

If you wish to play in our free online scholastic tournament every Wednesday, please join this separate mailing list: Wednesday Free Online.

Weekly Tournaments. We have hosted almost 800 USCF rated tournaments at our Panda Chess Academy: 9900 Westpark #254 Houston, TX Gate Code: #003 location. 

We have been in the same building for over 12 years hosting chess classes and tournaments for Houston K-12 chess players. Our values are Focus, Sportsmanship, and Safety. 


Consistent Experience: Our 1st tournament (about 12 years ago) looks identical to our most recent tournament. You can see 12 years worth of photos here.

Efficient: We respect your time. We do not have opening or closing ceremonies (we do have a trophy for 1st place). Players (and parents) can expect to show up at 6:29pm on a Friday and have the tournament begin at 6:30pm. We use software to look up all of our player's weekly USCF rating, and we have all of our players use a short, online entry form: Enter a Tournament!

Panda Chess Academy Chess Training

National Master Jeffrey Ashton gained a reputation for being an effective chess coach, with students competing in the World Youth, Pan-American, and National Championships. Teaching chess is Coach Jeff's passion.