Malta Chess Federation

Chess Training

There are various chess trainers and chess clubs that offer chess lessons to various levels.

Ron Sammut – National Junior Trainer 
Most junior players pass through Ron in their initial chess years. Ron’s main audience are students who know how to play chess and want to improve. He teaches beginners (with no rating) up to a rating of 1600. He also prepares players for tournament play. Promising players are shortlisted and offered further tuition under other chess tutors accordingly.

Swieqi Chess Club
The Swieqi Chess Club run by Mark Fleri and Colin Pace, offers regular chess lessons to all levels and ages. Students as young as 5 are known to have started learning the moves by attending these lessons.

For more information visit the Swieqi Chess Club website.

CM Duncan Vella
Duncan teaches players who have reached 1500-1700 level and want to make it to the next step to become Candidate level players. His chess sessions are one-to-one and creates a syllabus around  the playing style of the student. An opening repertoire is prepared for the student. Duncan also emphasis on important endgame knowledge.

Duncan can be contacted by email on

CM Colin Pace

Colin teaches chess for both juniors and adults, with separate classes for age groups. The classes are also split between beginners (L1) and intermediate (L2) levels. The material is similar but different pace and approach is taken according to age group. 

Colin also offers training sessions customised to individuals or small groups, to have more individual attention and adapted training approach . Colin will be a resident tutor at the Swieqi Chess Club.

Contact: or 00356 99496279

FM Clarence Psaila
Clarence Psaila is Malta’s only active Fide Master.  He is a player, professional organiser of international events, coach, teacher and chess companion. Clarence teaches both private and group sessions. His students have become Junior Champions in various categories, as well as qualified to the Malta  Championship Finals. Students of all levels, ages and goals are considered. Clarence also organises International study groups for periods of 3-6 months. 
Clarence can be contacted on +356 79050843 or email:   Web:

WFM Oana Caruana Pulpan

Oana is Woman Fide Master and a licensed Fide Instructor. She has represented Malta in the Chess Olympiads in Italy, Germany, Turkey, Norway and Azebaijan. She has extensive experience teaching juniors from age 3-16 years of various levels.

Oana can be contacted by email on