chess helps kids develop critical thinking abilities needed for present and future life decisions


Programs are modified to adapt to how each child learns


Students learn how chess skills can be applied to life scenarios


Through the application of chess principles students make sound decisions fully aware of the  consequences

Chess Programs for Students


Children learn the fundamentals of opening, middle and endgame play. Game play is continually supervised with a review of vital lessons taught each class. There are also simultaneous games with the Head Coach and teaching assisted by Junior Masters. While children enjoy their time in class they also begin to develop critical thinking patterns. As students progress through the MST PhD program they focus early on what really matters on the chess board. Before class ends we help children parallel lessons in chess to lessons in life based on age group.

Class 1: New England Movement Art Center (NEMA)

Location: 123 Muller St. • Burlington, MA 01803

When: Fridays 6:30-8:00 pm
Saturday’s 1:00-2:00 pm
Check for specific dates.


Class 2: Tobin BCYF Facilities 

Location 1481 Tremont St. • Roxbury, MA 02120
When: Thursday & Friday nights: 5:00-8:30 pm
Price—City Funded

Class 3: Brookline Chinese School

Location: Brookline High School • 115 Greenough Street • Brookline, MA 02445
When: Saturday 3:30–4:30PM (Starting September 2017 through the school year)

If you are interested in hosting a class please call us at (617) 596-5856 or contact us

Camps & Vacation Programs

Vacation and Camp programs offer a more concentrated focus on the key fundamentals of opening, middle and endgame play. Students engage in fun puzzles, tactics and engaging discussions. Chess art and related games included. An in-house tournament is also held. Our concentrated program enhances critical thinking abilities allowing them to make good decisions. Evaluations are given to parents so they can assist in fostering their child toward masterhood.

Prizes and surprises for all including medals. Trophies for tournament winners. Beginner chess books to help student make appropriate progress. Course work folder and certificate of completion and Future Masters t-shirts included.

Schedule: Half week or whole week Programs 

All camps have been completed for the season. Please continue to check back for our next one.

To enroll please call us at (617) 596-5856 or contact us

Private Lessons

Beginners: $50 an hour
Students receive a personalized chess training of our MST PhD program. With private coaching and continual analysis students develop faster as they progress and prepare for tournament play.

Advanced players rated 1400-1800: $60 per hour
Advance players learn the key skills and tactics to become an A player with training geared to increase their rating within first 2 years. Thru careful analysis of the student and their games using our MST PhD program students focus on the deeper levels of the program as it applies to tournament play.

To enroll please call us at (617) 596-5856 or contact us

Tournament Mastery

Students who excel in our classes and want to achieve the Master rank are coached on specific lessons and tactics for winning chess tournaments. The fastest absorption comes from coaching and game play against a master.

Price: $75 Per lesson

To enroll please call us at (617) 596-5856 or contact us

Junior Coaches

Our junior coaches are youths, who are 17 and under who have consistently demonstrated our 8 core abilities on a superior level. We use these Future Masters to coach our new kids. This volunteer program offers benefits to both our junior coaches and the beginner students they are coaching.

Want to join our Junior coaching Program? Apply now to be considered for the program. Great for college applications as students begin to bridge the gap from pupil to master of chess and life.

To apply please call us at (617) 596-5856 or contact us


To master the game of chess students must understand the elements that not only affect game play but also determine the winner. In chess there are seven elements:

  1. Material—The force of the pieces and the most permanent of the elements. Understanding the value of the various chess pieces leads to controlling the next element, space.
  2. Space—The amount of squares a player controls especially center squares. By controlling space on the chess board you can control the next element, time.
  3. Time—The amount of pieces you have out in play. The more pieces in play the greater time you have to make effective moves to gain position.
  4. Position—The position of the all chess pieces. The quality of the position can add up to more than actual material gained or lost. The better position your pieces are in creates a harmony for effective game play.
  5. Harmony—How the pieces work together. Understanding the role our chess pieces play in our band invariably creates dynamic game play.
  6. Dynamics—In short, tactics. Combinations are the spice in chess and utilizing various tactics allows students to understand their own as well as their opponents’ psychological tactics.
  7. Psychology—Your pattern of thinking and your opponents thus enabling you to predict behavioral patterns on and off the chessboard.

Based on these elements we’ve created our Master PhD (MST PhD) program which helps students become proficient in utilizing these elements to hone their game play. The MST PhD program focuses on the interconnectivity of chess pieces. From the very beginning we teach not only how the pieces move, but why they want to be on a certain square. This way students learn early on how pieces relate to each other as well as their opposing pieces.

The MST PhD method is adapted from Aaron Nimzowitsch, a leading chess master, author, and one of the greatest minds in chess history. Nimzowitsch’s philosophies still impact the way chess is played even to this day.

While the PhD method takes longer to teach it decreases the learning curve and dismisses bad habits developed in beginner game play. Thus through the MST PhD method students see the big picture from the start. Students then progress beyond the beginner level based on consistent utilization of the MST PhD program in game play.

Bridging the Gap

In both chess and life there are principals one must understand in order to make successful decisions. Through our MST PhD program students learn how these core abilities can be applied in life situations they will be confronted with based on their age.

1. Absorbability—To engross with interest. To engage. To grip ones attention. Goal is to apply. So one must first take in instruction and completely absorb. 

2. Accountability— I am accountable. Do not blame anyone else for mistakes or failures. 

3. Analyzability— Examine study and scrutinize yourself, your games, and others 

4. Decidability—Coming to right decisions after weighing possibilities. 

5. Foreseeability—To see more beforehand through calculation instinct, intuition, and vision. 

6. Honorability—Honest, having good morals, principles, of good character, ethical. 

7. Respectability—Good proper relations with others. Respect for coaches and other players. 

8. Responsibility—contrasted with accountability. We are answerable not just I. Take care of each other and chess materials.

About—Founder Lawyer Times

Over 200 USCF tournament wins locally and nationally over the past 20 years

I began learning chess at the age of 6 by observing my older brother teaching my older sister. Ironically, I picked it up while she did not. My brother began teaching me the basics and from there I continued teaching myself. In a short time I was able to beat my brother, the dream of every younger sibling. Afterward, as others began to see my potential I received coaching from the best Chess Masters.

After only five years of tournament play I achieved the rank of Chess Master and have maintained my rank for over 20 years. The fundamentals and practices I’ve honed throughout my career I’ve taught to students privately and at various schools and institutions throughout Massachusetts. As I began to see the tremendous impact it had on them both in game play and in life I founded the Future Masters Chess Academy. Now we assist kids in using chess principles to master chess and life.


1981  Youth High School Champion

1982  National High School Team Champion (Boston Latin)

1994  Declared Chess Master

2012  Boylston Chess Club Champion

2013-15   Most MVP points on Nor’easters Team in US Chess League

2017  Massachusetts State Chess Champion

Meet Our Team

Mr. Kas

Assistant Coach

Mr. Kas was originally a Tae Kwon Do instructor at NEMA in Burlington, MA. He later joined FMCA as an assistant coach with his five children being part of our founding class. Today he assists in our chess programs at our various locations.

Angela Times

Office Manager

Angela Times is our invaluable Office Manager and the wife of Lawyer Times being married for 30 years. She has been in the administrative field for over 30 years and volunteers her time assisting youth. She is crucial to all the behind the scenes tasks needed to make our programs run smoothly. Additionally, Angela assists at our chess programs helping our students make better decisions in chess and life.

Get in touch

Mailing address

PO Box 25

Boston, MA 02121

Phone: (617) 596-5856