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Danial A.

36 Reviews
Santa Monica, CA
Starting at $110
  • Speaks English
  • Awarded 5 Time National Chess Champion from United States Chess Federation
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
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Danial A.

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At age 11 I achieved the title of Master, and since then have become an International Master (with 1 Grandmaster norm), 5-time National Champion and am currently the #1 18-year-old on the west coast of the United States. Without chess instruction from the most patient, inspiring, and hardworking chess coaches none of this would have been possible.

I began to play chess at 7 years old and after my coach ended our first class by saying, "Every champion was once a beginner" my youthful imagination ran wild and I was hooked. My early development in chess proved to be nontraditional where my structured classes provided by my school were supplemented by the aggressive, unconventional playing styles I learned from spending my weekends sneaking games in with hustlers at my local chess park. Yet learning these vastly different approaches to the game allowed me to become a more complete player, and after 6 weeks of practice, I could beat every kid in my class and almost defeated my coach. ...

About Danial

At age 11 I achieved the title of Master, and since then have become an International Master (with 1 Grandmaster norm), 5-time National Champion, North American Junior Champion, and am currently the #1 19-year-old on the west coast of the United States. Without chess instruction from the most patie

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tolen
Extraordinary player and coach! Danial really helped me pinpoint what to work on and challenged me to visualize several possibilities.
Berta
Thoroughly enjoyed the classes. I love that I can ask any question about chess and Danial knows the answer!
Louisa
Highly recommend
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Dennis U.

2 Reviews
Los Angeles, CA
Starting at $60
  • Speaks some japanese
  • Teaches students 4 and up
  • Teaching since 2003
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Dennis U.

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I have been playing chess for well over 30 years. I have taught one on one
children and adults for about 10 years. I have great patience when I teach
students never believing that any concept is too difficult to understand or
master. I have a love for the game that I want to instill in others
I have hundreds of chess books and have gotten to know lots of chessplayers
throughout the years. I do my best to have my students gain and UNDERSTANDING of the game rather than just rote memorization.

About Dennis

I have been playing chess for 30 + years and have a USCF expert rating. I have taught chess in afterschool programs and one on one in homes for over 10 years. I feel I have great patience especially with young children as their attention span is usually not that long. I have taught children as y

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Liam H.
My son looks forward to his weekly chess lesson with Dennis
Charles C.
very good
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Thomas H.

33 Reviews
Teaches Online
Starting at $30
  • Speaks English
  • Teaching since 2012
  • Teaches students 5 and up
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Thomas H.

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Beginning students can expect to learn piece movement, game rules, point value, notation, opening theory, pawn structure, en passant, check v. Checkmate v. Stalemate, pawn promotion, castling, and more. Intermediate students can expect to quickly refresh on all the above as well as learn techniques like pins, forks, skewers, discovered check, double threat, advanced openings, end game theory, tournament prep, and so much more.

About Thomas

"Good things come to those who know chess." -Thomas H. A bit about myself, I started playing chess at the age of 9 and have been playing ever since. I have been apart of several championship teams, and I have achieved many individual honors as well. I currently play chess professionally, teach

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Giovani
So far, great!
Tiffany
just makes me want to always play chess forever and ever and ever and ever hi Mr. Thomas see you on the next chess lessons bye and can you keep teaching.
Tiffany
best chess teacher ever!!!!!!
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Atousa P.

32 Reviews
Teaches Online
Starting at $50
  • Speaks English, Russian, Farsi
  • Teaching since 2006
  • Teaches students 4 and up
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Atousa P.

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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.

About Atousa

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. Everyone needs guidance in chess, I’m here to share my knowledge with you. Despite being a professional chess player since

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Shea
Great experience. I learned a large amount in just 90 minutes. She was very patient with me and took the time to address portions of the game that I was both interested in learning and were important that I was not aware of. Well worth every dollar spent.
Michael D.
Amazing instructor. My advice, if you want to learn, learn from the best. My understanding of chess is so much better after my lessons from Atousa. She is awesome. Answer all my questions, taught me how to practice and what to practice. How to understand seemingly simple concepts that separate low rated players from high rated players.
Patrick
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Parth B.

3 Reviews
Teaches Online
Starting at $50
  • Speaks
  • Teaches students 8 to 40
  • B.A. Economics & Film Studies from Yale University
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Parth B.

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I am an internationally rated chess player based in Columbus, Ohio. I studied Economics & Film at Yale University and graduated in May, 2020. Originally from India, I have won several state level & national level championships including the 2014 & 2016 Indian National Schools Championships. Throughout my career, I have played & beaten several international masters, grand-masters & currently possess a UCSF rating performance of 2200 based on my only UCSF rated tournament. My strengths lie in opening theory, middle game tactics & basic end-games. I use ChessBase, Leela Zero & sample games as my training methods. In addition to this, I used to provide blind & under-privileged children squash lessons back in Delhi, India & have significant experience training students of all ages.

About Parth

Hey! I am an internationally rated chess player based in Columbus, Ohio! I graduated from Yale University with degrees in economics & film and played on the varsity squash and club chess team there. Currently, I work at a startup in San Francisco, but continue to live & fall in love with the mid

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Elliott
Parth might be what he says, but something is unlikely -- he has "UCSF" when it's "USCF"!
Kellen
Parth is doing a great job. I took lessons from Parth to understand and get better at chess openings. He has a phenomenal grasp of fundamentals and his online teaching is very user-friendly. I would recommend Parth to anyone who wants to improve at chess.
Vedant Kapoor
I had taken online classes from Parth at a time when my chess rating had become stagnant at 1200. Parth is a very creative coach as he not only focuses on chess openings like Sicilian and French Defense, but also taught me several variations that I had a problem facing in the past. He has a great interactive style of teaching and my rating improved from 1200-1540 in a matter of just 3 months.
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Noah V.

1 Review
Teaches Online
Starting at $15
  • Speaks English
  • Awarded Departmental Award for Outstanding Visual Artist from Andrew College
  • Teaching since 2020
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Noah V.

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It's never too late to learn a timeless game. In beginner chess, we will go over the fundamentals of the game. starting with how the pieces move and building a skill set that will lead to developing strategies and understanding chess theory. This will be a playing-based course, so you will learn by playing the game.

About Noah

Howdy! My name is Noah. I am a studio art major at Andrew College, but more importantly, I am a working artist. I am a published author and artist. I’m from Kennesaw, GA. I chose to go to Andrew College because of its work in the public art field. I plan to paint murals for my career, and I alread

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AARUSH
Excellent Coach. My 6 year old kid understand chess clearly with the movements in his first class.

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The average cost of 60-minute chess lessons in Santa Monica is $78. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and location, you should expect to spend between $34 and $210 per hour.
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"I have had an excellent experience with Siddharth Gillaria as a chess teacher. He simplifies complicated scenarios with ease and is a vast font of chess knowledge. I look forward to learning more and taking additional classes with him."
Rummi
Took Chess lessons from Siddharth G.
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"Extraordinary player and coach! Danial really helped me pinpoint what to work on and challenged me to visualize several possibilities."
tolen
Took Chess lessons from Danial A.
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Michael
Took Chess lessons from Kyle B.
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"Good lesson. I enjoyed it."
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Took Chess lessons from Cindle V.
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"My son is only 6 but loved his first session and is exited about continuing. I wasn't sure if he would appreciate the online platform but he enjoyed it. Thanks!"
Emeen
Took Chess lessons from Kyle B.
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"Siddarth has been a kind and patient chess teacher- he quickly gets a good idea of what level you are at and what kind of help you need. He is very flexible to your needs and wants and you will always leave each lesson with new knowledge. Highly recommend!"
Nicholas
Took Chess lessons from Siddharth G.
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"Josh is very professional and serious about teaching chess. He teaches my 9 year old daughter and she is learning fast. I asked him to make sure my daughter states the rules before each move and he does a great job at that. He is very nice and we feel very comfortable with him. He doesn't joke around or waste time. I like that especially when dealing with kids. We will continue our classes with him. My daughter will take a few mins to get started and he starts the time when she's ready."
Calista
Took Chess lessons from Joshua F.
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"Your always ready.-Zelman Zhang"
Tracy
Took Chess lessons from Kyle B.
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"My son is so excited about chess and increasing his skillset from lessons with Dipankar!"
Kelsey
Took Chess lessons from Dipankar G.
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"My Kid started going to Siddharth's Chess class few months ago, he is really enjoying in playing chess. Instructor is very encouraging and my kid is always ready to go to chess class at any time. He is an excellent teacher.My son is having a very great time in learning Chess from Siddharth ."
SThimma
Took Chess lessons from Siddharth G.
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