Welcome To Berkeley Chess School

The Berkeley Chess School is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization offering chess instruction and regional chess tournaments (including a biannual all-girls tournament), winter and summer chess camps; Friday night chess classes in Berkeley, San Ramon, and Walnut Creek, and an advanced chess class on Tuesday nights in Orinda. We also offer chess in the classroom in Title One schools, and have an international chess exchange program.

Our Mission

True to our mission of enriching the lives of children from all backgrounds, we have undertaken ambitious new outreach programs in Oakland and Richmond Title I elementary schools. Click here to learn about the BCS Oakland Chess Program and how you can help.

Our Story

The things that Elizabeth Shaughnessy loves about playing the game are tactics, problem solving, and of course, winning. But what she loves most about chess itself is its ability to cross boundaries and appeal to all ages. Read more.

Meet Our Team

Elizabeth Shaughnessy
Elizabeth ShaughnessyBCS Founder and Executive Director
is a former eight-year member of the Berkeley School Board and 1970 Irish Women’s Chess Champion. Read more.
• Queen GrahamChair
has worked as executive assistant to the Berkeley Unified School District’s Board of Education and seven superintendents, church clerk…
• Tina DonovanBoard Member
is a senior manager with Accenture, a global management consulting, technology services, and outsourcing company.
• Stephen ShaughnessyVice President
is a Berkeley native. He attended Berkeley public schools from K-12, and…
• Roger PoehlmannSecretary
has been a National Chess Master since 1986 and a chess instructor for the Berkeley Chess School since 1995.
• Sunil MarangolyBoard Member
has spent the last 20 years creating, marketing, and selling high technology products.
• Fong WangBoard Member
is a physician who works on the clinical development of therapies for prostate cancer.