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I have experience teaching young students, including children and can create fun and inventive ways of teach beginners the basics of chess.

I've been playing chess since I was about 10 years old and I've taught several other people the basics of playing chess, including small children.

About Melissa
I have been teaching since 2006 on a variety of topics. I graduated with an BA from the University of Wisconsin. My degree is in History with and emphasis on East Asian history.

I've taught all age groups from age 2 up to retirees. My teaching experience includes one-on-one and group classes in a variety of settings. I've taught corporate classes, private lessons, small groups, and traditional classroom lessons.

We have a student-centric philosophy of learning. Lessons are generally relaxed and designed to work towards accomplishing student determined goals. While all students will study similar fundamentals regarding technique, theory, and performance, every lesson is as different as every person. Special focus on topics like music theory, self-accompaniment, composition, song writing, and home recording are available as well.


What are your personal goals? We'll tell you what you need to do to get there, and help you take the steps to achieve your aspirations.

Lessons with small children are more focused on just having fun while developing a good musical foundation, but we prefer for them to have as much personal ownership of their lesson as possible.
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Youjia S. November 9, 2018
· Chess · Online
My daughter struggled to stay focused for the whole one hour. It would be better to have video conference option so she can see the teacher.
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Priyanka S. August 27, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Melissa was the perfect teacher for my child. She's warm, engaged, patient -- and very skilled. I think my daughter continued with her piano instruction only because she enjoyed her classes so much! If we hadn't moved an hour away, we would still be going to Melissa. She's awesome! I highly recommend her.
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James August 25, 2018
· Drum · In studio
Great teacher. I learned a lot.
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You will have more confidence & fun when playing this great game after a few sessions whether your a beginner or more advanced.

About Eric
Hello Fellow Chess Players and Game Enthusiast, I can certainly help you not only to improve your game whether you are a astute active tournament player (for rating under 1500), wanting to be able to play a good game with your friends and/or rival, and/or just to have fun with this game whether you play online or with a board and pieces.
I have been playing tournament chess for over 25 years and achieved a Life Candidate Master Title by the US Chess Federation since 1996.
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Vincent A. October 15, 2018
· Chess · In home
Eric is an incredibly talented chess player/instructor. His mastery of the game is only surpassed by his ability to teach it.
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Catt July 29, 2018
· Chess · In home
Eric truly enjoys the game of chess and shares his knowledge and love of the game with his students. He is patient, encouraging and makes learning fun.
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Jon January 29, 2018
· Chess · In home
Good teacher. Knows the game and the lines well and can relate to his students.
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Torrance, CA 90502
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West Covina, CA
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Strong analytical skills.
I've been playing chess for 20 years
I've reached a 2020 elo on lichess
I estimate my elo rating in otb (over the board) to be somewhere between 2100-2300 and close to master level or even Grandmaster level for slower games.
I know a lot of cool ways to improve at chess and how to teach to get better at analysis and improving your chess/understanding/reviewing your games.
I would love to work with you and help boost your elo by hundreds of points (especially those under 1800 elo) or beginners/intermediate players.
I'm willing to teach all levels.

About Stephen
Currently looking for new students.
I teach piano, japanese, chess, go(weiqi/baduk), and meditation/self-improvement.
I am very proficient in all of the above subjects and have helped dozens of students reach their long-term goals over the years. I am also very patient and have taught children piano lessons for more than 10 years. As a learner I know how overwhelming new subject-matter could be and I tend to understand the pace that the student needs/wants to go at.
I feel a huge sense of accomplishment when I see my students improving. I also am constantly improving myself as a teacher so the lessons will only get better and the material should be easier to understand with time.
Let's master anything you want to work on, and have a lot of fun too :)
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Ja'Quan September 7, 2017
· Japanese · Online
Awesome teacher man
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John Edward September 7, 2017
· Japanese · In studio
Patient instructor. I'm super rusty and he was able to keep at my pace. He also made it interesting by using practical scenarios and alternating with cartoons or games. He watches anime as well so I was able to learn while talking about things I like. It helped practicing much easier.
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真修 September 7, 2017
· Japanese · In studio
日本語の理解が深い。四字熟語とかことわざとかもいっぱい知っているし、漢字も教えられるし、上級者でも授業を受けてもいいと思う。初心者を教えるところも見たことあって、わかりやすく説明してくれた。
I think that both advanced learners and beginners could benefit from taking one of his lessons.
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About AHMED E.

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* This profile has a gold status and is rated as favorite in multiple categories.

** The hourly rate listed for this profile is a fraction of the regular rate. As this is a part of IT project during which the rates are to be accessible for those who would be otherwise left out.

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In a digital age, learning software, software programming, and mathematics have become as vital as learning reading, writing, and arithmetic. Learning IT is essential in pre-college education, college education, workplace, acquiring advancements in current job; searching for a better job; managing businesses; and managing one’s personal life. Thinking computationally is something that every well-educated person needs to know and should know. There is a great digital divider between the Knows and Know Nots. Crossing this digital divider
requires solid understanding of digital concepts. One should not only live with these concepts, but could hardly live without. Many find a lot of IT potential opportunities but not enough knowledge to benefit from these opportunities.

I have helped people of all walks of life how to cross this digital divider. This includes professionals, business owners, college graduate students, college undergraduate students, high school students, and job applicants.

I am exceedingly-educated and I manage to close the digital gab by simplifying mathematical and computer science concepts. I do not simply repeat what has been already detailed in trillions of pages of books and lectures. Everyone’s mind is different and thus everyone has a unique perception to understanding one issue or another.

I have taught programming algorithms, pseudo programming codes, programming codes in Python and other computer languages, Databases, Microsoft Office Applications (MS Word, MS Excel, MS Publisher, MS Access, MS Outlook), and other IT areas for different levels: beginning, intermediate, and advanced.

I am a programmer analyst. I have an IT sole proprietary business that deals with the design of computer software including programming analysis, databases, and data analysis. My sole proprietary business applies mathematical modeling that relates to computer software. This includes One-Dimensional Databases; Multi-Dimensional Databases; Data Science; Data Structuring; Data Management; Data Compression; Data Arranging; Data Search; Extracting Data; Big Data; Spatial Data, Data Integrity; Data Anomaly; Utilizing SQL in Data Science; Data Correction; Applications of the Theory of Probability to Data; Application of Monty Hall Paradox to Raw Data; Data Storage; Data Control; Blocking Bad Data; Importing & Exporting Data; Creating Live Data; Complex Data Problems; Mutually Inclusive & Mutually Exclusive Data; Data Wrangling; Data Pattern Identification; Descriptive & Predictive Data; Data Security; Data Visualization; Structured & Unstructured & Semi-Structured Data; Data-Driven Products & Services; Data Theory & Application; Machine Learning in Data.

My sole proprietary business also covers software programming in computer languages that span from earlier languages such as BASIC, FORTRAN PASCAL, DBASE, COBOL to languages that continued and expanded such as C. And newer languages such as PYTHON with its extended libraries that managed to combine other tools and programming languages and became in its 3.x version an object-oriented language that runs linearly. Computer languages that include Weakly-Typed language, Strongly-Typed Language, High-Level Language, Low-Level Language, Interpreted Language, Compiled Language, General-Use Language, and Target-Use Language. My sole proprietary covers software design that combine code quality with efficient use of mathematics, logic, syntax, time, memory, and processing power. I have designed algorithms in various fields including Business; E-Commerce; Office Management; Real Estate; Legal; Demography; Technology; Architecture; Structural Engineering; Solid Mechanics; Analysis of Internal Forces (Normal; Shear; Bending Moment); Beams (Simple; Extended; Cantilevered); Frames; Trusses; Statically-Determinate & Statically- Indeterminate Structures; Virtual work; Deflection; Properties of Materials; Reinforced Concrete; Traffic & Transportation Engineering; Fluid Mechanics; Irrigation Engineering; Geotechnical Engineering; Computer-Aided Design & Manufacturing; Matrices & Determinants; Thermodynamics.

My computer skills include the following:

Operating Systems & Microsoft Applications & Corel Applications including: Android; Linux; Microsoft Disk Operating System; Microsoft Windows (MS Windows 10, MS Windows 8.1, MS Windows 8, MS Windows 7, MS Windows Vista, MS Windows ME, MS Windows XP, MS Windows Mobile); Bash Shell Command-Line Tools; DDL; CPU Testing; Maximizing CPU Performance; Files Integrity; Stochastic Optimization; Microsoft Office; Microsoft Utilities; Excel; Access; Word; Publisher; Powerpoint; OneNote; Outlook; Dashboards; Microsoft Works; Works Spreadsheets; Works Database; Works Word; Corel Office; Word Perfect; Corel Spreadsheets; Corel Presentation; Windows File Explorer; Disk Partition; Disk Formatting (NTFS, exFAT, FAT32); Disk Defragmenting; Digital Cleanup; System Restore; System Information; Registry; Macros; Merging Documents; Master Documents; Templates; VBA Programming; Pivot Tables; Error Trapping; Logical Functions; Financial Formulas; Mathematical Functions; Statistical Functions; Navigation Systems; Crosstab Queries; Advanced Reports; Smart Tables; Record Sheets; Web-Based Presentations; Web-Based Applications; Interactions Between Different Applications; Smart Art Diagrams; Virtual Memory; Data Macros in Web Applications; Python Tools For Visual Studio; Multi-Booting; Virtualization Software; Utilizing Python in MS Window Automation; Utilizing Python in Power Point Data Visualization; Python Scripting in Excel.

Graphic Design & Multimedia including: Layering; Projection (Isometric, Oblique, Prospective); In-Depth Framings; Analytical Databases that query some 16,777,216 colors that are defined by Hex Triplet, RGB, Hue, Saturation, Tint, Shade, Depth; Color Calibration; Patterns; Sizing; Cropping; Utilizing Permutations & Combinations in Colors Integrations; Typography Effects (Shadow, Reflection, Glow, Bevel, 3-D Rotation); Design & Layout; Print and Digital Publishing; Illustration; Digital Processing & Editing; BMP; BNG; FPX; GIF; JPEG; PCX; RGB; TIFF; Compressed TIFF; File TIFF; EPS; Pixel-Based Imaging; Vector-Based Imaging; Integrating Graphics with Trigonometry and Geometry (Plane, Solid, Analytical, Descriptive, Fractal, Differential); Applications of Chaos Theory to Graphics; Incorporating Graphics with Computer-Aided Design (AutoCad, ViaCad, Turbo Cad); Graphic Calibration; Soft Proofing; Enhancing Pixel Quality; Motion Graphics & Animations; Virtual Reality; Augmented Reality; Polygon Graphics (Simple, Complex, Concave, Convex, Regular, Irregular, N-Gon); Polyhedra & Non-Polyhedra Graphics; Applications of the Theory of Numbers to Graphic Design; Clip Art; Smart Art; Image Compressing; Resolution Reduction; Hierarchy Graphic Structure; Raster Graphics; Graphic Representations of Irrational Numbers; Edge Detection; Audio and Video Software; Window Media Player; Real Player; UM Player; VLC Media Player; QuickTime; Roxio; Nero; Corel; Paint; Panorama Maker; Wavepad; Mort Player; EXPStudio; Dragon; MP3; WAV; GSM; 3GP; M4A; WMV; AVI; FLV; MPEG-1; MPEG-2; MIDI; MOV; WEBM; MKV; Audio Fading; Audio Delaying.

PDF software and Adobe Applications: PDFILL; PDFREDIRECT; Adobe; Turbo PDF; Power PDF; Handling PDF files (Merging, Splitting, Reordering, Rotating, Reformatting, Text Watermarks, Picture Watermarks, Converting PDF to Images, Converting Images to PDF, Bookmarks, Hypertexts); InDesign; Illustrator; Adobe Acrobat DC; Premiere Elements; Premiere Pro; Acrobat; Stock; Lightroom; Muse; Acrobat Pro; After Effects; Project Felix; Dreamweaver; Animate; Audition; Bridge; Media Encoder; Flash Builder; InCopy; Prelude; Spark; Scout; StoryPlus; PhoneGap Build; Creative Cloud; Gaming SDK; Extension Manager; ExtendScript Toolkit; Photoshop; Creative Suite; Digital Editions.

Mapping & Navigation & GPS software including: Programming Longitudes & Latitudes; Spherical Trigonometry; Topography; Delmorme; Navaman; Pharos; Google Earth; Street & Trips; Google-Based Navigation; Map Matching; Green Wave Algorithms.

File Compressing & Backup & Digital security including: Winzip; Cloud Backup; Cloud Architecture Patterns; Carbonite; Google Drive; Drop Box; Firewalls; Anti malicious software (Viruses, Warms, Trojans, Rootkits, Spyware); Digital Security Against Phishing & Spamming & Hacking; Mcfee; Norton; ZoneAlarm; AVG; MS Defender; Kasparsky; VPN; SSL; SSH; Port Forwarding; Dynamic Port Forwarding.

Solid knowledge of computer hardware including: Computers; Monitors; Microprocessors; Motherboards; Wifi Cards; RAM; SDRAM; DDR SDRAM; ROM; CD/DVD/Disk Drives; Hard Drives; Flash Drives; Memory Cards (Secure Digital, Micro Secure Digital, Compact Flash, SmartMedia); Scanners; Faxes; Copiers; Printers (Inkjet; Laser, Multi-Purpose, Cloud-Based; 3-D); Printer’s Cartridges & Toners; Printing Media; Keyboard (Wired & Wireless); Mice (Wired & Wireless) & Touchpads; Projectors; Wired and Bluetooth Head Phones & Headsets; Digital Cameras; PC Cameras; Smart Phones; Modems; Routers; Lightscribe; Specifications Comparison; BIOS; Wireless LAN; IEEE 1394 Devices; Graphics Cards.
Integrating E-Commerce with Social Media & Online Communications & Internet Browsers & Search Engines. Business Planning; Business Venturing; Business Modeling; Market Research; Worldwide Market Analysis; U.S. Market Analysis; Variance Analysis; B2B; SIC-Based Databases.

Very strong communication skills including solid oral and written communications and technical writings in both English and Arabic.

My mathematical skills include the following:

Algebra; Geometry; Trigonometry; Analysis (Calculus); Statistics; Permutations & Combinations; Theory of Probabilities; Engineering (Civil, Structural, Geotechnical, Surveying, Traffic, Transportation); Architecture; Solid mechanics; Fluid Mechanics; Soil Mechanics; Hydraulics; Theory Of Structures; Trusses, Frames, and Beams (Simple, Extended, Cantilevered); Properties of Materials; Thermodynamics; Concepts of Forces, Work, Momentum, Energy, and Work; Numbers Theory (Natural, Real, Imaginary, Rational, Irrational, Special, Large, Whole, Fraction, Simple, Complex, One-Dimensional, Multi-Dimensional (Matrices & Determinates)); Modulus; Decimal/ Hexadecimal/ Binary/ Octal Systems; Modulus Functions; Equations; Sequences (Finite, Infinite, Fibonacci, Arithmetic, Geometric, Harmonic, Cauchy, Power, and Triangular); Algorithms; Plane Geometry; Solid Geometry; Analytical Geometry; Descriptive Geometry; Fractal Geometry, Differential Geometry; Projection; Differential Equations; Databased Unit Conversions; Discrete Mathematics including Computer Science; Algorithms including: Constant Algorithms; Logarithmic Algorithms; Linear Algorithms; Quadratic Algorithms; Exponential Algorithms, Searching Algorithms (Linear/Brute Force; Bi-Sectional; etc.); Sorting Algorithms (Comparison Sorts; Non-Comparison Sorts; Slow Sorts; Comparison Sorts (Quick Sort; Merge Sort; Heap Sort; Insertion Sort; Intro Sort; Selection Sort; Tim Sort; Cube Sort; Shell Sort; Bubble Sort; Binary Tree Sort; Cycle Sort; Library Sort; Patience Sort; Smooth Sort; Strand Sort; Tournament Sort; Cocktail Sort; Comb Sort; Gnome Sort; Block Sort; Odd-Even Sort); Non-Comparison Sorts (Pigeonhole Sort; Bucket Sort; Bucket Sort; Counting Sort; LSD Radix Sort; MSD Radix Sort; MSD Radix Sort (in-place); Spread Sort; Burst Sort; Flash Sort; Postman Sort; Slow Sorts (Bead Sort; Simple Pancake Sort; Spaghetti (Poll) Sort; Sorting Network; Bitonic Sort; Bogo Sort; Stooge Sort).
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Ella P. November 9, 2018
· Python · Online
Excellent!!! Already recommended him.
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· Python · Online
Excellent first lesson, very patient and breaks the material down in a simple way to understand...Thanks!
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Bruce September 28, 2018
· Python · Online
My name is Bruce. I am a mechanical and manufacturing engineer at a large company in Silicon Valley, California. I have acquired a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering as well as a Masters in Engineering Management. I was interested in learning the programming language Python and signed up for tutoring lessons with Ahmed. After the first initial lessons, I then signed up for another thirty five lessons. I plan to continue lessons with Ahmed until I have gained significant proficiency in programming.
I am very pleased that I have met Ahmed and that I am taking lessons with him. He has helped me with computational skills and learning what programming is and why and how it works. Ahmed has patiently helped me with the debugging of my programs. I have been able to design programs that are mathematically eloquent, logically sound, and that are free of syntax errors. Without hesitation, I would recommend Ahmed for anyone that requires help in IT.
Ahmed has been helping me design efficient programs that include understanding of variables, lists, conditional statements, loops, functions, and theory of probability. I like the fact that Ahmed merges the curricular of universities that include Harvard, Yale, MIT, and Stanford. Ahmed’s presentations use videos, audio, graphics, and PowerPoint, all of which have been very helpful.
Ahmed has a strong command of the English language as well as the computer languages. Ahmed combines an impressive knowledge of mathematics, history, politics, and sociology. Learning Python opens numerous opportunities in one’s academics, professional and personal life. Python can be incorporated into Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, Publisher, and other software. I am looking forward to future training in machine learning and artificial intelligence. Thanks.
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AHMED E.

Anaheim, CA 92801
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Master chess tutor with USCF rating as 2000.
Trained to teach kids and adults .
Will train students to win chess tournaments and increase Internation ranking.

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I am professional chess player with rating as 2000. My main strengths are combinations ,streategy and positional play.
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Want to learn Chess? Don't want to find judgemental teacher like your school/college professor? Look no further.
I'm a college student who has great knowledge of chess (played for 18 years, competitively for 13). I've been working as a teacher for 2 years. Im fluent in English/Russian/Ukrainian.
What I will give you/your kid is a good/great base, make him enjoy chess. In my lifetime I met teachers who push their kids too hard that kids eventually drop enjoyment from chess. I know chess can be challenging and will try to provide you with great opportunity to learn, without breaking your limits and make you regret you took this class. I was a victim of losing my interest to chess because of one such teacher, so for me its important that when you leave my class, you still enjoy what you are doing.

What I'll be covering in my classes:
Beginner- basic chess moves, simple logical and thinking development, referencing or showing different openings (giving both theory and practice)
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I was born in Ukraine, started playing hockey at 3, chess at 4, still playing chess but not competitively anymore. I'm a junior at University of Houston and working towards my Engineering major, where I feel chess helped me great, especially with logic thinking and analysis. I've been teaching chess in high school library to kids who wanted to learn and then also played and taught chess in university to those who didn't know it yet. When I stopped playing competitively in chess at 15, my ELO was in around 1900. Currently I would say its around 1800-1900 based on chess players/programs that I play with.
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Sergii N.

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Played chess for many years now. Have a solid place in at least two chess clubs no matter what university I attend. Not the best and am far from a professional, but I know the rules, understand the game, and know how to teach the different strategies.

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Tutoring now for 5+ years. Received many credidations, scholarships, and awards for my work offering teaching aid and tutoring in my district. Took some time off from tutoring at the middle/high school level to focus more on undergraduate tutoring and Dual Credit advising for younger high schoolers unsure of how to go about the process of getting into and managing college life. Now looking to go back to my roots while still staying open to my newer skill sets as well. I have tutored and teachers aided for nearly any class you may imagine. Young enough to be cost efficient and personal with my lessons, but experienced enough to know what I am doing and to get you where you need to be. Message me if you have something you think I may be able to help with and I will let you know!
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Learn Chess from a Woman Chess Grand Master!

She's been teaching chess from beginner to advanced level for more than 10 years.
She's been playing chess professionally Since 1996.

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Becoming the world youth champion at 12 and chess Grand Master at 20, would have never been possible without receiving the best chess lessons from my trainers and coaches. And I believe everyone needs guidance in chess. So I’m here to share my knowledge with you.

Despite being a professional chess player since I was 9, I’ve been teaching chess since 2006 and started my own chess school in 2008.

Private Lesson is an excellent way to learn, implement and achieve desired results for ambitious players or children who want to start chess methodically. Also it helps any chess player to improve his or her chess. My students range are from beginner to master lever.
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Hi! So you’re interested in learning how to play chess. Initially the game can seem a little intimidating. I can get you familiar with the pieces and rules quickly. You will be winning in no time. I am very patient and personable, I guarantee it will be a fun and informative lesson! Thank you for considering me.

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I am a CAD Draftsman, Estimator and Carpenter with 20+ years of experience in the high end custom home industry. I have been playing chess for 35 years. My son and I play regularly. It’s one of our favorite things to do at the end of the day.
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I have been teaching chess for over 10 years and my current USCF rating is 2170. I specialize in the beginner/intermediate levels (unrated-1800 USCF rated). Lessons are customized and catered to the needs and goals of each student. My teaching style revolves around creating a fun and interactive learning environment. Lessons involved opening preparation, middle game ideas and tactics, end-game preparation, and most important one-on-one game play with move-by-move analysis by chess master. Not only will you be playing chess in no time, but you will be building a strong foundation of chess knowledge that will allow you to move rapidly through the ranks and crush your opponents. Let's get started!

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My USCF rating is 2170 and FIDE is 2160. I played chess in both high school and college, winning many tournaments along the way. I have played in many international tournaments and competing in other countries is one of my favorite things to do.

Lessons are created according to the students strength but also their interest. A typical lesson consists of tactics, playing, and working through an aspect of the game (opening, middle game, ending).
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