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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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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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Carla August 22, 2018
· Watercolor Painting · Online
I learned A LOT about painting. It was a great first class. Thank you.
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Melissa M.

Melissa M.

Sunnyvale, CA 94086
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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 have peak ratings of 2348 FIDE and 2372 USCF. Some of my accomplishments include: I am a 4 Time National Champion, ranked top ten in the country for my age group, and have achieved the titles of national master and FIDE master. Along with this I am also rated in the top 5% of all chess players. 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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Aidan C. August 9, 2018
· Chess · Online
My son USCF rating 1400+ took a trial lesson with Danial. Danial is methodical and systematic in his coaching. He was quick to identify what my son needs to improve in order to get to the next level. The most important thing is that my son enjoyed his one-hour lesson and literally felt that the lesson time flew by as it felt like only 2 minutes long to him. My son gives Danial thumbs up and 5 stars.
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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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Danial A.

Danial A.

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About Mark P.

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Elmhurst, NY
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Hey chess lovers! I am GrandmasterMark Paragua, currently living in New York , City. I teach chess at every level with a keen interest in players between 1000-2000 in order to help them boost their chess to master and expert level. I usually start teaching with concepts and then emphasize a lot on calculation and evaluation processes during a game. Openings would become a regular matter after a while.

About Mark
Hi I am Grandmaster Mark Paragua currently living at New York City, I teach chess at any level, been produced many talent and aspiring players.

teaching chess to everyone who wants to improve level of understanding of the chess and in general to develop intellection.
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Mark P.

Mark P.

Online
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$50 / 30-min

About Bora Y.

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Brooklyn, NY
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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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About Leo C.

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San Jose, CA
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My name is Leo.. I’m from Chile 🇨🇱 - South America.. I learn to pay chess with my dad when I was 6 years old.. when I was 8 years old, I was able to memorize 9 moves without looking at the board.. Bobby Fisher did 13 at 9 years old.
I only lost twice since I was 11 years old..
If any of my students ever wins again me.. then the lesson is absolutely free..

About Leo
My name is Leo.. I’m from Chile 🇨🇱 - South America.. I currently work for Self driving vehicles in Palo Alto..
I learn to pay chess with my dad when I was 6 years old.. when I was 8 years old, I was able to memorize 9 moves without looking at the board.. Bobby Fisher did 13 at 9 years old.
I only lost twice since I was 11 years old..
If any of my students ever wins again me.. then the lesson is absolutely free..
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Leo C.

Leo C.

San Jose, CA 95125
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$42 / 30-min
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About alison L.

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San Jose, CA
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Specializing in a a playful and down to earth approach. Lessons are customized to the interest and style each individual. All ages welcome. Light-hearted and fun environment encouraged.

About alison
It is always an absolute joy to see people of all walks of life and ages catch a fish for the first time or on new waters! This is my number one choice if I could have a dream job. All proceeds go to me working on buying my first tournament style bass boat. Chess is a runner up in things that I enjoy to stimulate my mind...all ages welcomed and it's never too late to start!
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alison L.

alison L.

San Jose, CA 95120
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$72 / 30-min

About William E.

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Charlotte, NC
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Greetings! I am an advanced chess player of 15 years and have participated in many tournaments and have won many games against very experienced players. If you're looking to learn the basics and pick up the game, or if you're looking to learn advanced strategies and tactics, then please drop me a message!

My lessons will be very interactive and will revolve around many examples and games.

All ages are welcomed!

About William
Greetings, My name is William, but everyone calls me Liam.

I am an inspired musician, college graduate of computer science from Radford University class of '17, computer/math tutor, and life-long student who loves Chess. I am a bass player who has performed in some bands back in university, and it serves as my primary instrument.

I currently work a day job as an IT Security Specialist as well as a tutor to students for mostly Math and Computer Science topics. I love my work in IT, and have many side hobbies that I am looking teach to others!

If you're interested in Guitar, Bass Guitar, Chess, Computer Programming, Mathematics, or are a student struggling to learn material in Computer Science or Math related courses, then you have come to the right place!

I look forward to helping you develop in any of the subject matters I am offe
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William E.

William E.

Online
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$25 / 30-min

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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 $95. 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 $145 per hour.

30-min $25
 
$59 average
$97
45-min $59
 
$94 average
$134
60-min $45
 
$95 average
$145

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, 45-minute chess lessons are 2% less expensive at $94, and 30-minute lessons cost 38% less at $59.

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