Eagan Chess Academy
About Us

About Us

Eagan’s First and Only Chess Academy

Here at the Eagan Chess Academy, we utilize various training techniques to provide an approachable and thorough training program for every level.

While maintaining a fun and nurturing environment, our goal is to help each player get better at chess while developing a multitude of lifelong skills along the way.

Why Chess?

  • Improves concentration 
  • Enhances reading and math skills
  • Fosters logic and critical thinking
  • Improves memory, attention span, and spatial-reasoning ability
  • Encourages hard work 
  • Teaches you how to win and lose
  • Develops creativity
  • Promotes the ability to think through the solving of complex problems

Meet the Instructors


Pepe is a Spanish expert chess player and coach with 10+ years of experience competing and coaching at all levels.

He loves endgames and tactics, and he’s devoted to finding the simplest explanations for the most complex concepts.

“The harder I practice, the luckier I get.” – Gary Player


Joanna is our children’s education specialist with 10+ years of experience in the field and 25+ years of experience playing chess.

She especially loves playing speed chess (bullet) and variants such as “CrazyHouse” and “King of the Hill”.

“Chess is a game sufficiently rich in meaning that it is easily capable of containing elements of both tragedy and comedy” – Luke McShane


Michael is a Dutch chess expert with 5+ years of experience competing with masters of all levels.

Known for his complex tactical tricks, he loves inspiring his students to emulate his creative and aggressive style.

“Chess is war over the board. The object is to crush the opponent’s mind.” – Bobby Fisher