Welcome to Hanley Chess Academy (HCA)

Upcoming Big Events Calendar

  1. 2015 Dewain Barber Scholastic
    May 31, 2015 @HCA

    Updated News!! A $500 College Scholarship Is Being Awarded to the Champion of Hex 1!!

  2. 2015 HCA Summer Camp
    June 22 - August 21, 2015 @ HCA

  3. 2015 HCA Summer Championship
    August 9, 2015 @HCA


  • Youth classes (Ages 4-18)
  • Youth tournaments (Ages 4-18)
  • Youth Camps (Ages 4-18)
  • Private Lessons
  • Travel to Compete in National and State Tournaments
  • 5 Scholastic Regional tournaments each year.
  • What We Stand For and Believe Children Will Learn From Playing Chess:

  • Develop Friends and Socialization Skills
  • Improved Critical Thinking Skills
  • Learns To Deal with Life's Ups and Downs Because We Will Not Win Every Game
  • That Making Mistakes are OK as These Are How We Learn
  • That With Perseverance and Correct Training, They Can Accomplish Any Dream(s) They Have
    (Even those who thought they wouldn't!)

  • Current HCA Students on
    Top 100 USCF Rating Lists
    January 2015

    1. Samarth Das 7 & Under, #45, USCF Rating 1239
    2. Sai Satvik Kolla 9 & Under, #96, USCF Rating 1435
    3. Gordon McNeill 12 & Under, #45, USCF Rating of 1879
    4. Daniel Pascoe 18 & Under #93, USCF Rating 1879

    HCA Hall of Fame

    Below are my students who have won National and State Championships.

    National Champions Title Tournament State Champions Title Tournament
    Joaquin Perkins 1st Grade Champion Nat'l K-12 Grade Level; Orlando, FL; December 2010 Solomon Ge 2nd Grade Champion No. CA Grade Level; Stockton, CA; November 2010
    Ryan Perkovich 1st Place - Class "E" US Open; Irvine, CA; August 2010
    Kyle Perkovich 1st Place - Class "D" US Open; Irvine, CA; August 2010
    Joaquin Perkins Kindergarten Champion Nat'l K-12 Grade Level; Dallas, TX; December 2009
    Joaquin Perkins K- 3 Champion Nat'l Youth Action; Irvine, CA.; December 2011
    Joaquin Perkins, Edward Jin, Nico Webb, Ryan McCloskey,
    Maddie Yee, Brad Orcutt
    K-3 Team Champions Nat'l Youth Action; Irvine, CA.; December 2011
    Joaquin Perkins Champion, Under 8 Yrs. of Age, Perfect 5-0 Score Nat'l Chess Congress; San Francisco, CA.; February 2012
    Charles Tang Champion, Under 16 Yrs. of Age Nat'l Chess Congress; San Francisco, CA.; February 2012
    Daniel Pascoe Champion, 20/18 & Under Section Nat'l Chess Congress; Irvine, CA.; March 2014
    Elbert Zheng, Rohan Jeyanandarajan, Samarth Das Team Champions, 6 & Under Section Nat'l Chess Congress; Irvine, CA.; March 2014
    Daniel Pascoe, Ben Quincey, Alex Wilde Team Champions, 20/18 & Under Section Nat'l Chess Congress; Irvine, CA.; March 2014

    Joe's Bio

    Joe Hanley has been teaching chess to youth and adults for over 24 years. He went to college at Long Beach State and graduated with a Bachelors of Business Administration degree in 1991. Joe learned chess from his father when he was 8 years old. In Junior High, he was introduced to tournament chess by the well-known chess teacher Dewain Barber. Since then, Joe has held a lifelong passion for chess and believes wholeheartedly in the value of learning and playing chess.

    Joe was a serious player in major chess competitions from 1978 and 2002. In 1991, he earned the title of United States Master from the U.S. Chess Federation. During this time, Joe won 64 games against master level (2200-2600 USCF) players including 2 Grandmasters and 6 International Masters (the 2 highest titles achievable in the world other than World Champion). Joe was the Champion of the Master section at the U.S. Open Championship in Hawaii in 1995, a tournament that had some of the best players in the US.

    Through his years of chess playing, Joe was able to see first-hand how the game trains the mind for focusing, strategic thinking, problem-solving and critical analysis. These skills greatly enhance intellectual pursuits such as tackling complex math and technical subjects as well as impart life lessons of hard work, self-confidence and self-responsibility. From 2004-2006, Joe was a teacher of advanced math (pre-algebra, geometry and Algebra) at a private school in Cypress CA. In this capacity, Joe also found his love of teaching and coaching. For several years, Joe was a referee for water polo, swimming, and basketball. In 2002, he was invited by the NBA into its referee development program where he continued to referee minor league and college basketball until 2009.
    In January 2008, Joe was able to combine both his love of chess and teaching by opening the Hanley Chess Academy (HCA). At HCA, Joe provides chess education and practice through private lessons, group classes, weekly tournaments, and training for major chess competitions. In the last 6 years, Joe has trained 7 Individual National Champions and two National Champion Teams. His students include(d): Joaquin Perkins (winner of 4 titles in FL 2010, Texas 2009, Irvine 2011 and Burlingame 2012), Kyle Perkovich (1st place in the D section at the US Open in 2010), Ryan Perkovich (1st Place Class E in 2010), Charles Tang (the Champion of 16 and Under at the National Chess Congress in 2012) and Daniel Pascoe (the Champion of 20 and Under at the National Junior Chess Congress in 2013). Joe has also trained two teams to National Championships in December 2011 and January 2013.

    To contact us, please email us at hanleychessacademy@gmail.com or call us at 714-925-3195.

    Hanley's Chess Academy is located at 2091 Business Center Dr.,Suite 120, Irvine, CA. 92612. From the 405 freeway, exit MacArthur and go south to the 1st light. Make a U-turn and then a right at Business Center Dr. Go about a quarter of a mile and we are on the left hand side.


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