Tournaments, Personalized Lessons, Group Instruction, School Programs

Hill Country Chess offers rated tournaments, group instruction, chess classes, and individual lessons. I am a qualified chess teacher offering personalized lessons and instructive services to students in the hill country area and San Antonio. I love what I do and have been teaching people of all ages and experience levels since 1995, always maintaining my commitment to help others discover and reach their full potential in the world’s greatest game.


Shawn Noland



Personalized. Comprehensive. Fun.

I recognize the potential in each one of my students. Chess is a lifelong game that teaches cognitive thinking, consequences for actions, and confidence to tackle life’s bigger challenges. HCC holds rated United States Chess Federation Tournaments and offers customized, individual, and/or group lessons. I’ve seen my San Antonio and Hill Country area students’ self-esteem and skill-set consistently rise. I love what I do and it makes me happy to be able to share my passion with others. Since starting as a private teacher in 2006, my results are a testament to the fact that my system works. I’m a patient, adaptable, and professional Chess Coach ready to help you or your child reach your goals. Get in touch today so we can start working together.



Making Learning More Enjoyable



Customized Lessons to Fit Your Needs

I specialize in Beginner Fundamentals and know how to reach my students with the right balance of personalized attention, patience, practical training, and positive encouragement. I make learning fun through a variety of engaging and outside-the-box activities for a range of ages. Whether adult or child, if you’re just starting out and want a great foundation for your chess game, Beginner Fundamentals is right for you.



Personalized Attention

The Advanced Chess Theory class is for individuals who want to take their game to the highest level possible. It is a detailed course with much homework and commitment required on the part of the student. It is a long-term commitment, and only players committed to being the best they can be in chess will be enrolled. This is a limited group of top candidate players who, after completing the course, will be well on their way to Expert and Master class.


Compete and Grow

Competition is a healthy and much-needed aspect in everyone’s life. My philosophy is of the growth mindset—in other words, we never fail; we just continue to learn. It is all a process of growth and discovery. HCC holds both advanced and beginner rated tournaments to test each player’s skill set, level of competence, and ability in the King’s game. Our tournaments are a perfect way to test your current chess aptitude.


Contact me - Shawn Noland

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