Learn about the Swiss Masters Chess Academy Family

We Raise The Bar On Traditional Chess Education.

Swiss Masters Chess Academy is the first chess learning centre in Zurich, supported by an innovative social and learning platform. Children and adults are taught by prominent players, trainers as well as qualified specialists from various wellbeing fields, all in a positive and no-pressure mindset. Creating an optimal balance between study and practice, students are taught how to set objectives and reach them in an engaging environment.

Led and taught by Swiss Grandmaster Yannick Pelletier, it combines proven methodology and modern technology tools. Therefore, we have created a unique social media platform and an app for our students to help them progress, keep in touch and enjoy chess!

I am Yannick Pelletier, International Grandmaster and FIDE Senior Trainer from Switzerland. I discovered chess at the age of seven and since then have grown to become the first Swiss-raised Grandmaster and have been a constant member of the Swiss National Team since 1995. After 25 years at the top, the time has come for me to pass on knowledge and experience to future generations of champions.

I am happy to present to you the Swiss Masters Chess Academy, an innovative incubator for young chess talents. I have prepared the best training material for all levels, while my team of technical experts has set up a one-of-a-kind platform to enhance the learning experience. Switzerland has a rich tradition of high-class chess tournaments, but in spite of this stimulating environment, players have rarely managed to become grandmasters, let alone reach the world elite. One of our specifications is to give young talents the tools to make it to the top.
No matter what your ambition is, our main endeavour is to help people of any age and strength flourish through chess.


A unique Learning & Gathering Centre for Chess Players

“Children must be taught how to think,
not what to think.”

Margaret Mead, cultural Anthropologist


We are currently searching for the perfect location in Zurich and awaiting for the sanitary situation to stabilize in order to be able to welcome you in safety. It is a long process, as we are looking for a space where classes, workshops and tournaments could take place. In the meantime, we offer online Zoom classes, a vast amount of learning content and consistent support on our social media and gamification platform to make chess more fun!

Build Children's Dreams

Our main mission is to provide our students with the necessary tools so that they can progress fast and achieve a high playing level, all while maintaining their love for chess. We believe that a gentle and supportive approach is the way to go. Finally, mental health and positive affirmation is a subject that has been suppressed way too long in chess, an issue which we are willing to amend through workshops with qualified specialists.

Guidance for parents

Parents often ask chess trainers what they can do to motivate their child or to support his/her growth. The answer is not that simple, as many factors play a role in the way your child wants and needs to be supported. But don’t worry, we will be there with you along the way and are happy to answer all your questions and address all your concerns.