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About Batuhan K.

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Escondido, CA
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I've played chess professionally starting at a very young age. I've thought to all ages and 100+ students over the yearsIf you have passion for learning chess or want to take your chess playing to the next level you've found your teacher!

About Batuhan
I'm a devoted and a passionate teacher, my goal is to motivate you and share anything that will help you. Even though I'm teaching a wide variety of subjects I'm passionate to teach every one of them. I love teaching and learning in the process

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Lessons are generally in a relaxed setting and designed to work towards accomplishing student determined goals. While all students will study similar fundamentals, every lesson is as different as every person. What are your goals? I'll tell you what you need to do to get there, and help you take the steps to achieve your aspirations.

As a teacher, my goal is to provide a positive hands-on experience. I strive to create an environment where learning is enjoyed and explored, teaching in an exciting, fun, and passionate mode. I am not strict, although I do expect the students to pra
ctice. I have an extremely optimistic, energetic disposition and positively encourage my students! This has always served me very well in working with anyone. Contact me for more information!
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Leo November 24, 2016
· Drum · In studio
He is devoted and patient for beginner. I am glad to choose him. I definitely continues my study with him
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Jackie W. August 25, 2016
· Geometry · Online
My daughter only had two sessions with him and I am sure I paid for more than that. He could have reached out to us to schedule more time but he didn't.
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Roberto A. January 31, 2016
· Music Theory ·
Batu and I had a Music Theory class together. He was very helpful in helping me understand complicated rhythms.
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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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Sunnyvale, CA 94086
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About Sam C.

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Miami Beach, FL

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My students can expect a lesson that's full of fun, engaging and accompanied by a high level of passion and energy.
I'm result oriented and very dedicated to my students and provide students with a lot of constructive feedback during the lessons.

The lessons are supplemented by several materials: work book problems, live game play, student's game analysis, online resources, classic game review and much more. My custom lesson plans are based on the student's background and experience

About Sam
I'm a certified teacher and a national ranked chess player, with over a decade of teaching experience. I have taught 100's of kids from grades K-8. Furthermore, I also have extensive experience teaching adults.

I graduated from the # 2 ranked university in the country on a scholarship. I also served as the president of my university's successful chess club.
For many years now, I have been teaching chess full-time here in Miami to grades K-8. I really enjoy teaching and my school's team has won many prestigious titles and trophies.

This past year my students' team placed in the top ranks, at the "Florida States Chess Championship," in section K-8. Additionally, my students have also won several 1st place trophies in many local tournaments.

My passion for chess is really manifested though my teaching style and it's never a dull moment wh
en I teach. As a professional teacher, I know how important it is to keep students engaged, therefore I bring a high level of energy, dedication and fun to the lessons.

I have the credentials, experience and knowledge to maximize my student's potential.

Please inquire today.
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Patrick February 15, 2017
· Chess · Online
I'm writing this on behalf of my 9 year old son. His first chess lesson was AMAZING. Best Instructor he ever had. Sam made my sons lesson FUN as well as educational. He is looking forward to the next lesson. THANKS SAM!!!
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Declan January 24, 2017
· Chess · Online
I am Declan's Grandmother and I have to say this was an incredible lesson. Declan said it was awesome and I concur. We will definitely be in touch for more learning.
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Nick January 22, 2017
· Chess · Online
Great First Lesson
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Sam C.

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About Bingjie L.

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Hello, I'm Bingjie and I've taught chess for 9 years. I am a United States Chess Federation Expert Titled player and I am rated 2122. I can improve your Chess in all aspects of the game, having never stopped learning more about the game. I am still a tournament player and have been playing and learning chess nonstop for 9 years. I teach beginners to advanced players on any question you may have.

About Bingjie
Hello I'm a 2122rated United States Chess Federation Expert in the top 5% of Chess players in the US. I have taught in different locations since 2007 including Gaos chess school in Flushing queens, Gold Coast Arts Center and Cumberland Center in Great Neck, Ny as well as private lessons in my home in Great Neck. I have learned from many grandmasters including Igor Smirnov, Giorgi Kacheishvili, Tamaz Gelashvili, Damian Lemos, Maxim Dlugy. I teach all aspects of chess ranging from beginners to advanced players. I will help meet your chess improvement needs. I'm happy to meet you, and I hope to improve your chess.
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Bingjie L.

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About Mathew M.

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Norristown, PA

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I have been coaching chess for 2-3 years now. What makes chess lessons unique with me is that I make the chess lessons exciting, fun to learn, I point out mistakes/weaknesses in a very kind way, I give good examples of moves/positions relate to real life, I teach people the psychology of playing chess, and I improve people's game through love and repetition. I teach several opening variations as well as middle-game and end-game tactics. But I focus on what people's weaknesses are and I make those weaknesses their greatest strength.

About Mathew
I have been coaching chess for 2-3 years. I have been passionately studying the game of chess for 13 years. I am currently a 1939 USCF player (Class A player). My highest rating was 1983. But I am committed to go to 2200+ USCF player (National Master player). I have won several chess tournaments as well.

I am currently coaching 7 students to go above and beyond their expectations. If you hire me as your coach, I will take you above and beyond your expectations in the game of chess. My coaching style is hands on, which means that I provide move by move feedback. My coaching philosophy is grounded in encouragement and meticulous game review. My one student that I have been coaching for 2 years went from never playing chess to a 1350 USCF chess rating.

I graduated from Kutztown University of PA in 2013 with a B.S. in Biology: Molecula
r/Micro/Cell with two Minors in Mathematics and Biochemistry. I have such a passion for math, science, and chess. And I try to live with that passion everyday and show that passion to people everyday.
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Shan April 23, 2018
· Chess · In studio
Dedicated and passionate chess guide. Great working with him.
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Mallik April 23, 2018
· Chess · Online
Matt is very good instructor. He works with the pace of the student at the same teaching new techniques. Would recommend to anyone learning chess at any level
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marion February 7, 2018
· Chess · In home
Matt is amazing. My husband and I never played chess before and after only four lessons we knew all the basics and could play a game. We were so delighted with our progress that we signed on for more. Matt is fun, friendly and a pleasure to learn from.
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Mathew M.

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About Rush F.

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Chicago, IL

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I've been an avid chess player my whole life, and I think it's one of the most engaging and mentally strengthening things you can partake in. Not only is it fun but it also is a game of wits and patience, and I'd love to sit down and help somebody feel they're the best they can be when they sit down for games of chess in the future.

About Rush
I'm hoping to get to work with students who want to dive right into mastering their camera and all it has to offer, whether we're shooting on film or digital, both of which I can offer instruction in. Learning to be in absolute control of your camera and how your settings will affect your photos is key to creating your images & making sure they come out exactly the way you envision them. Our time together will be a full immersion into light-writing. Over the years, I have had approximately 4 years of cumulative formal instruction on the subject, and have been freelancing since 2011, for events such as weddings, anniversaries, baby/bridal showers, graduation and engagement photos, live concerts, and just about anything else you can think of. Previously a Photography student of Daytona State College in Florida, I made the move up to Chicago
in 2015, and am currently studying at Harold Washington College. In the spring I will graduate with my Art Studio AFA. I genuinely look forward to any time spent with someone with a desire to hone their craft, and hope to bring more inspiration to those wanting to bring forth their vision. Aside from photography, I also teach a handful of other subjects that you or someone else may be interested in!
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Charlotte C. January 24, 2018
· Photography · Online
Rush is really nice and answered all my questions, he gave me tips and tricks, and different kind of photographs I could take. So if you're looking for a photography teacher then you have to give Rush a shot!
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Marcela Z. January 12, 2018
· Photography · Online
Really helpful.
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Miguel D. December 3, 2017
· Photography · In studio
Rush is awesome! He broke down the camera into easy-to-understand steps and focused on areas I was struggling with. I learned a lot in a very short amount time.
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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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Danial A.

Danial A.

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About Richard S.

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Aurora, CO

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I'm a USCF National Master with a peak rating of 2335. My chess style is what I call "active positional". I build up my forces while seeking to gain the initiative, and then strike with a killer tactic!

I can definitely help you with improving your skill level and appreciation for the game!

About Richard
I'm a chess master who knows what it takes to become good at this game. I've competed against some of the nation's top players and did alright. If you work with me, I'll do everything I can to help you to improve your chess level!
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Richard S.

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$35 / 30-min

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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Bora Y.

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.

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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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