All of HCA tournaments, camps, and classes are open to everyone. We wish to extend a "welcome" to everyone, and ask you to let us know how to make your experiences more enjoyable.
Welcome to Hanley's Chess Academy (HCA) What We Stand For and Believe Children Will Learn From Playing Chess:
Develop Friends and Socialization Skills
Develop Critical Thinking Skills
Learns To Deal with Life's Ups and Downs
That Making Mistakes are OK as These Are How We Learn
That One Never Fails, They Simply Stop Trying
That With Perseverance and Determination, They Can Accomplish Any Dream(s)
That Success is Getting Up One More Time Than We Have Fallen Down
BONUS? KID'S LOVE TO PLAY! (Even those who thought they wouldn't!)
HCA Hall of Fame
Below are my students who have won National and State Championships.
1st Grade Champion
Nat'l K-12 Grade Level; Orlando, FL; December 2010
2nd Grade Champion
No. CA Grade Level; Stockton, CA; November 2010
1st Place - Class "D"
US Open; Irvine, CA; August 2010
1st Place - Class "C"
US Open; Irvine, CA; August 2010
Nat'l K-12 Grade Level; Dallas, TX; December 2009
Thank you for hosting a wonderful tournament for my child and the extras you added for the parents and guardians is a super bonus.
Even though my child didn't win and it was a long drive for us, we all had a great time. I'm pretty sure it took a lot organizing that event,
so i want to make sure that you and your assisstants know that your work is very much appreciated. Please keep it up, looking forward
to the next one."
That was a fine game by Solomon G. (referring to the game where he beat a 1700 at the 2010 US Open; Joe H.) He probably played at
Class A strength, or higher. I've taught hundreds of beginners, and very few ever get to the level where they develop rapidly, control the
center and see basic tactics.
Your teaching has started him out very well! Keep up the good work!"
Best wishes, Jack Peters
International Master & LA Times Chess Columnist
Hope you're doing great! We are successfully settled in here in London, Canada and so far we are really liking it! I just wanted to let you
know that Niko just received his report card from his 6th grade teacher and his scores for the CA state testing that he does every
year...the fantastic news to report is that he improved his scores over last year by 200 points in both english and math and scored in the
96th and 94th percentile for english and math across all kids in the nation. That is a huge improvement over his scores in the past where
he was in the the 70-80th percentile! We believe that the big game changer has been his participation in chess and your coaching over
the past year!!
So as we plan out the next school year, I want to figure our a way that we can continue to keep him playing chess on a regular basis.
There is no chess school here in London so please let me know what you think might work for having Niko in some sort of chess
instruction once a week and then maybe participation in the HCA National Team where we can work tournaments into my travel
schedule or something like that!"
Hope you all are doing great!
Dante M. Pirouz
The Richard Ivey School of Business
University of Western Ontario
London, Ontario, CANADA
"I love HCA...Mr. Hanley is a lot of fun! Plus, I get a chance to learn."
Aaron G.(12 Yrs.
Old; 1336 USCF Rating) San Jose, CA. USA (7/2010)
"My son Joaquin started taking private lessons from Joe Hanley in July 2009. Joe was able to quickly identify
and address the main flaws in Joaquin's chess thinking. Under Joe's private coaching, Joaquin became a National Champion with a
perfect 7-0 score in the Kindergarten section at the K-12 Grade Level Championships in December 2009."
P. West Covina, CA. USA (12/2009)
"My son started working with Joe Hanley 2 1/2 years ago when he was 11 years old. I would say that the
money we've spent in that time on lessons and events at Hanley Chess Academy has been one of the best investments we've ever
made. Joe has such a talent and passion for teaching chess and he really knows how to meet the individual needs of each
Matthew, our son, has benefited in so many ways. Through chess and working with Joe, he has learned the value of goal setting,
planning, and self-discipline. His concentration and focus have improved tremendously as well as his ability to control his emotions
when things aren't going well. We've also seen significant improvements in his logic and reasoning skills and we believe that has been a
major factor in bringing his math grades up to straight A's in the eighth grade.
Recently, we moved to North Carolina and what we miss most about California is Hanley Chess Academy! Matt is still taking private
lessons online with Joe and travels to the national tournaments with the group but we sure miss that Saturday Night Chess Club at the
academy. Every Saturday night, my husband and I would go down the street for dinner and a movie while Matt had a blast playing
chess! It was great!"
Ruth H. North Carolina, USA (12/2009)
"Hi Joe, Thanks, again, for taking on Drew while we were in town. He really enjoyed the time with you
and your chess club members and talked about it as a highlight of our vacation. He played a scholastic event yesterday in the "Elite 8"
section, which is the top 8 players who register. He won all four games and commented afterward that in several situations, "Before I
had that time with Joe, I would have resigned myself to being behind and figuring out how to pull out a draw or a win just on the basis of
my experience and stronger skills. Instead, I was able to step back, shift gears, and find the upper hand, again." Apparently, your point
about how he often sticks with a good-turned-mediocre-plan -- instead of remaining flexible -- was a key concept he absorbed from your
lessons. Getting such a nugget of knowledge, as well as having the pleasure of meeting some genuinely nice people, made the
experience at your academy well worth it."
Amy C. Oregon, USA (11/2009)
"Trophies, tournaments, classes!...one stop shopping...who could ask for anything more?"
Coach Kevin Bulone Coach of All Star Youth Chess (9/2009)
"My son greatly enjoys the fun and excitement of coach Hanley's chess tournaments!"
Hanley's Chess Academy is located at 7390 Center Ave, Huntington Beach,
CA. 92646. Cross Streets are Gothard and Center. From the 405 southbound freeway, exit Beach Blvd. and make an immediate right
onto Center (rather than going left which will take you to Beach Blvd). We are three blocks up on the left hand side in the Del Taco Retail