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Ruben Ondangan

Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science

University of Manila, Philippines 1993


Recipient of Chess Scholarship Award 1989-1993

Varsity Player, University of Manila Chess Team


Recipient of Chess Scholarship Award 1993-1995

Varsity Player, Philippine College of Criminology


Winner of numerous chess tournaments
in the Philippine Islands from 1990-1997


Hawaii Chess Teacher and Coach 1997-2003


Hawaii State Rapid Chess Champion 1999


Western States Open Reno, Nevada Champion 2000


Hawaii State Open Champion 2004


Founder : CHECKMATE Chess School's  Lancaster, CA 2006-present


National Master Title Awarded : January 2011


Santa Monica FIDE Qualifier Los Angeles Chess Club Champion January 2011


Antelope Valley 1st Easter Open 2011 Champion


Glendale, CA 1st Summer Open 2011 Champion


Antelope Valley 1st Spring Open 2012 Champion


Los Angeles FIDE Qualifier Metropolitan Chess Club Champion June 2012


Antelope Valley 1st Beat A Master Chess Tournament Champion May 2013


Los Angeles Chess Club Saturday Intermediate Class Lecturer June 2013 - present


Antelope Valley 4th Christmas Classic tied for 1st December 2013


Antelope Valley 3rd Spring Open 2014 Champion


Antelope Valley 2nd Easter Open 2014 Champion


West Valley Chess Club All Winter Long Swiss 2014 Champion 


Antelope Valley 5th Christmas Classic 2014 Champion


Quartz Hill 2nd Beat A Master Open Champion October 2014 


Antelope Valley 1st Winter Open in Quartz Hill 2015 Champion


Original Life Master Title Awarded :  March 2015

Ruben Ondangan

(661) 917-7628


Ruben is a wonderful teacher. The qualities that most impress me are his passion, his patience and his ability to customize a lesson unique to the needs of each student. He is humble... but watch out!!! The chess board is his battlefield and he is in command of his army. I can't recommend him enough!
Peri Rogovin

"Ruben is wonderful….patient, gentle, kind, and truly a master.  His knowledge and memory are amazing, and he makes learning the game fun, interesting and exciting.”  

~  Pat Barkley


Master Ruben is an excellent teacher ... he speaks with passion and clarity. His words simply sparkle  with ideas and concepts that are easily understandable. Having him as a coach for two years now benefits my chess understanding tremendously. Highly recommended !

~  Chris Hamilton


About Ruben

"I began playing chess when I was young but did not begin taking formal lessons or playing in tournaments until well into adulthood.  I have had several instructors over the past several years but I can say Ruben Ondangan stands at the top not only in his ability to explain chess concepts but also in his ability to motivate , inspire and promote the game of chess. Because of his excellent interpersonal skills he is an excellent teacher for both children and adults."
~ Dr. Sheldon Brooks

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