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About Melissa M.

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Sunnyvale, CA

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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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Marla November 9, 2017
· Ukulele · In studio
Melissa is a wonderful teacher. She is very patient. She ensures that I understand the fundamentals. It has been a very enjoyable and educational experience.
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nina/olivia September 5, 2017
· Piano · In studio
fun and upbeat
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Katie August 28, 2017
· Ukulele · In studio
My 8 yo daughter just started taking ukulele lessons with Melissa and always looks forward to her upcoming lessons! Friendly, upbeat, patient, and wonderful teacher.
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Melissa M.

Melissa M.

Sunnyvale, CA 94086
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About Austin E.

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Chicago, IL
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I've been playing chess for about 8 years. Aside from being a strong player, I also have experience tutoring players of all ages and skill levels. This includes my time spent instructing a very competitive and successful high school chess team as well as serving as a personal tutor for different families in their homes. Of the hours I have formally tutored, I have amassed a 5 star rating on a comparable website.

About Austin
I've been playing chess for about 8 years. Aside from being a strong player, I also have experience tutoring players of all ages and skill levels. This includes my time instructing a competitive and successful high school chess team as well as serving as a personal tutor for different people in their homes. Of the hours I have formally tutored, I have amassed a 5 star rating on a comparable website.
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Drake February 12, 2017
· Chess · In studio
Really accommodating on scheduling the session. When it cam to the lesion, he quickly assessed where to begin and made it fun while informative.
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Clyde July 18, 2016
· Chess · In home
Exceptional gentleman and very professional. Arrived ahead of time 5 minutes which is ideal and took time to chat with Clyde which is fantastic. Clyde enjoyed the time with Austin and is already looking forward to next Sunday. Perfectly executed Austin!
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Austin E.

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About Sergey K.

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Schenectady, NY

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I love playing Chess and can teach you how to play as well

About Sergey
I am a NYS certified Social Studies and Special Education Teacher. I taught Special Education at a group home I also have many years experience tutoring and substitute teaching in various Capital Region School Districts. My other expertise is to teach Study and organizational skills. I have also taught GEO at Albany High School. Aside from teaching I also did freelance photography for a few years and can teach you how to maximize using your photo equipment, take amazing pictures and using the computer to edit your creations.

I graduated from Siena with a degree with History and a minor in Political Science. Then I went to school and earned my master degree from the College of St Rose in Social Studies. I also attended SUNY Albany where I got a second certification to teach Special Education.
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Janet T. May 25, 2018
· Photography · In home
when I made an appointment, I asked if Sergey was familiar with my camera and they said yes. It seemed new to him. But after talking about my fijifilm x100F, I am returning the camera. So overall I did like Sergey and look forward to my next Hour
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McKenna August 27, 2017
· Photography · In studio
Very helpful!!
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Brent May 30, 2017
· Photography · Online
Sergey taught me about everything I had questions about and also offered suggestions in helping me to better determine the best way to find the career path that is right for me. Rather than hard and fast lessons, it was an opportunity to spend time, one on one, with a professional and learn from his experiences what works and what doesn't.
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About Siddharth G.

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Clarksburg, MD

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I have been teaching chess for 3 years and my students have gone on to tournament level and won competitions. Within the first few lessons, my students have developed a deeper understanding of chess strategies As the progressed further in their lessons they have developed special moves to win the chess games. I take pride in my students' success and love working with them. I do provide tournament chess boards for my students.

About Siddharth
Hi there, my name is Siddharth and I have been teaching chess in public and private schools, including private lessons, over the last three years.

I love to see students grow with each lesson and accomplish their goals. Under my tutelage, I have helped students advance from beginner level to tournament level competition. Recently, two of my students have won in their respective tournaments.

I attended De Monte Fort University in England and earned my degree in Textile Technology and Business Management in 1976. Since then I have been fortunate to be able to travel worldwide.

I enjoy teaching children of all ages, as well as adults. My philosophy is to make chess a fun experience while improving my students' technical skills.

I look forward to helping you reach your goals.
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Pablo July 2, 2018
· Chess · Online
Knew the game well and had lots of experience. Good at explaining.
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Prashant June 9, 2018
· Chess · Online
Great start.
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Aneekah June 6, 2018
· Chess · Online
Very friendly and patient Tutor. My daughter was introduced to the game for the first time and she has learned a lot in the last 3 sessions. Curriculum used is very good. Introduces a new idea everyday and winds up the session with practicing what was taught earlier that session.
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Siddharth G.

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About Jean-Marc J.

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Columbus, OH

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Learn the basics of chess or how to improve your game if you already know how to play.

About Jean-Marc
******Update:
I am now offering group lessons for an extremely low price compared to the private lessons cost.

The price is $20 per 1 hour of group lessons
(private lessons are $60 per 1 hour).
So that's $20 vs. $60 (66% discount)

Please use the "Ask Jean-Marc a Question" button to message me and get the details or let me know that you are interested.
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Hi, there! My name is Jean-Marc and I can't wait to meet you! I'm a software engineer. I have been teaching computer technology lessons since 2007 and have loved helping my students excel in programming, web development, and productivity programs. I went to The University of Wisconsin and earned a degree in Computer Science in 2017. My teaching style is patient, thorough and detail oriented. I look forward to helping you reach your goals!

Skills:
PHP
JAVA
SQL
Mysql
HTML
CSS
JAVASCRIPT
Microsoft Access
Microsoft Excel
Microsoft Word
Microsoft Powerpoint
Microsoft Windows
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iris July 10, 2018
· Chess · Online
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Hunter June 10, 2018
· Computer Programming · In studio
Jean-Marc was very nice, very imformative and I thought the classes went very well with him.
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Gary Soward June 10, 2018
· Chess · Online
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About Stephen M.

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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 :)
Thanks for reading!
-Stephen
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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 Danial A.

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Santa Monica, CA
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I have been playing chess for eight years, and now am rated 2310 FIDE and 2368 USCF. This means I have achieved the titles of national master and FIDE master. Along with this I am rated in the top 5% of all chess players, I am a 4 time national champion, and am ranked top ten in the country for my age group. I have taught many chess camps for kids and adults across the California area and have 2 years of total teaching experience. I welcome all levels and will make sure each lesson is tailored specifically to every students needs. I can guarantee wth my help I can help you reach the next level in your game. Feel free to shoot me a message if you are interested!

About Danial
I am a professional chess player that has traveled across the world playing in tournamnent representing the U.S on an international setting. I am also ranked top ten in the nation for my age and have played some of the best in the world including former world champion Viswanathan Anand. My USCF rating is 2368 and my FIDE rating is 2310 awarding me the titles of national master and FIDE master. (top 5%) I have taught for two years now in Chess camps across the state for kids and adults and currently have regular online students as well. After receiving many hours of coaching myself and improving to where I am today, I can guarantee I can help you get to the next level. If you are ready to improve your Chess don’t hesistate to shoot me a message!
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Dean December 19, 2017
· Chess · Online
As a high rated 1500+ player, Danial was able to teach many new things about my openings and how I ca imrpove. Great coach!
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Wilson December 17, 2017
· Chess · Online
Very good chess player! Definitely worth the money!
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Rachel December 17, 2017
· Chess · In home
Great Teacher!
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About Bora Y.

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USCF expert & certified coach, enthusiastic about the game, and friendly teacher,

10+ years of experience working with Grandmasters,

15+ years tournament play and psychology experience,

Can help you improve on various aspects of the game -- over the board, as well as online lessons,

Specializing in players rated 800-1800 level.

About Bora
Know thyself is the saying, and it applies to chess as well.

Everyone is different. Each has his/her different objectives. Everyone also his/her own strengths and weaknesses.

I tailor the lessons taking these into the account, and focusing on improving on the weaknesses within the framework of the student's goals.

I try to put the emphasis on calculation, middle-game positions, and endgames, however.
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Thomas May 22, 2018
· Chess · In studio
I am taking weekly lessons with Bora in order to push my game to the next level. Bora is passionate about chess, and it really shows in his approach to teaching, which I find to be both entertaining and effective. Bora is also a nice person all around and I would not hesitate to recommend him to my friends and/or their kids.
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Bora Y.

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Average Cost of Chess Lessons in San Jose, CA

The average cost of 60-minute chess lessons in San Jose is $45. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and your location, you should expect to spend anywhere between $45 and $45 per hour.

30-min $25
 
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60-min $45
 
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For the best experience, we typically recommend 60-minute chess lessons. However, students looking for a more affordable option may want to consider a shorter lesson length of 45 or 30 minutes. On average, 30-minute chess lessons are 45% less expensive at $25.

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