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Derik's Chess School is No.1 chess training institute of Karnataka and among the leading centre for chess in India. Derik's Chess School was founded in 2001, with the primary objective of nurturing young talents in to future champions. Over 2 decades, Derik's Chess School has created pool of champions in International, National, Inter University, Inter college and Inter School levels.

  • We have taught over 10,000 students across India and other countries.
  • Derik's Chess School is proud to have produced several aspiring chess talents in International & National levels.

Our vision is to impart quality chess education, unleash the creative genius and creating harmonious growth in personality through chess.


Established in

Meet the Founders

Deric Pinto

Deric Pinto

International Rating 2137 ELO

Mangalore's first FIDE rated player. Former State Rapid Champion & State Age group champion. Had Captained Mangalore University during college days. Also has coached Mangalore University for more than 15 years.

Has been instrumental in popularising the game across Karnataka coastal belt. In 2013 he was awarded 'Vishwa Kannada Chetana' by his excellency Dr. Joseph V G, Honorary Consul General of Maldives in Garden City College, Bangalore.

Prasanna Rao

Prasanna Rao

International Rating 1907 ELO

National Arbiter since 2002 with International experience. Former Joint Secretary of Chess Association of India. Has conducted innumerous local, state and national tournaments and championships.

Conducted first ever FIDE rated Tournament in Karnataka in 2004. He brought in the trend of big prize money tournaments in Karnataka.