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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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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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gary July 1, 2017
· Chess · In studio
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Melissa M.

Melissa M.

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About Danschnieder A.

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Los Angeles, CA
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I am a very good chess player. I was trained by my father and many other family members on how to challenge even an expert at chess. I am also willing to teach the basic rules to those who have never played this sport of the mind before. I am willing to share strategies and secrets performed by experts. I will even demonstrate them.

About Danschnieder
Hello my name is Danschneider. I cannot wait to meet all of you. I have been teaching chess, singing, English, algebra, and basic Math since 2002. I am more than happy to teach in-home, or in-studio to anyone. I have been a martial arts practitioner since the age 15, in different martial arts reigning from Hung Gar kung fu, Karate, and my specialty the Filipino martial art of Eskrima. I have years of experience teaching drawing from basic line drawing, to shading, coloring, etc.. I write my own original poems. I have been working with two non- profit groups such as KIWANIS and S.I.P.A. Under KIWANIS I became more in tuned with different kinds of people.I'm also very good with the children and teens. S.I.P.A. was a program where I worked with children from ages 6-12. I might not be a parent, but I know how to keep the kids enthusiastic and
cheerful . I am willing to teach and work with anyone.
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Jhenny October 5, 2017
· Tagalog · Online
Will recommend
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Alina September 30, 2017
· Chess · In home
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Jim June 18, 2017
· Arithmetic · Online
Very Great Excellent. 1/1 Star PERFECT
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Danschnieder A.

Los Angeles, CA 90004
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About mike G.

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Los Angeles, CA
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I started to teach children to play chess in 1979. In 1984, I worked with some world's best chess coaches and players like D. Bronshtein and P. Kondratev. I am a winner of multiple chess tournaments. My student recently became a national master

About mike
I am an experienced chess coach /instructor with deep understanding of chess at high levels I've been teaching students of all ages since 1980. I provide in classroom lessons as well as private in-house sessions. I have been playing chess for over 40 years. For several years I have worked as a chess teacher, helping young children to develop chess skills, in particular to enhance creativity, problem solving, critical thinking, decision making, memory, concentration, intellectual maturity, and self esteem. My adult student recently became a national master. I am the winner of the West Coast Continental Chess Championship in the expert
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I am also a very experienced Russian tutor. I have been tutoring and teaching Russian for over 8 years.
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mike G.

mike G.

Los Angeles, CA 90027
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About Eric S.

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Torrance, CA
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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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joseph January 15, 2017
· Chess · In home
my 8 yo son is a beginner. Eric was very nice and patient.
easy to follow instructions and promotes thinking behind every move.
great fun. highly recommend.
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Gwendolyn September 12, 2016
· Chess · In home
Eric was wonderful. He had lots of patience, which I appreciated. And he was very polite and respectful.
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Torrance, CA 90502
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About Austin E.

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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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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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Disha October 5, 2017
· Chess · Online
I must admit, in the beginning I was reluctant on trying our online lessons. However, Siddharth was awesome. We had connectivity problems and he just rolled with it. The lessons online were great and our boys really enjoy learning chess.
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Reddy Abbareddygari September 28, 2017
· Chess · In studio
Mr.Siddarth is a wonderful chess coach. My son enjoys his class a lot.
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ranjana September 11, 2017
· Chess · In studio
My kids are enjoying coach Siddharth chess classes. He is a great coach. My kids

are always look forward to going to his classes. Coach Siddharth has helped improve

their chess games greatly. My kids are ready to part in the tournament. I would

highly recommend any parents to send their kids to coach Siddarth chess classes.
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Siddharth G.

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About Jean-Marc J.

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Skokie, IL

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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
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!

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KW September 12, 2017
· Microsoft Excel · Online
Jean definitely has the heart of a teacher as he explained everything in the simplest form to make it easier to understand. He answered every question with a thorough answer and made sure that I knew what I was doing before he got off the phone. I would definitely recommend him!
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John August 7, 2017
· Computer Programming · Online
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· Chess · Online
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About Lee L.

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Tucson, AZ
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I have taught chess at all levels for over 30 years. I have played competitive chess for over 45 years and achieved the national master title. Several of my students have achieved national ranking. Many others have improved their play and learned to love the game.

My approach to teaching chess is to help you think and solve problems over the board. Becoming familiar with tactical and positional themes will help you play better and also give you an appreciation for the beauty of chess and understand why it has endured.

About Lee
I am a semi-retired IT Professional working in the computer storage field. After spending 32 years at IBM I now work for a small software company as a consultant. My wife and I love to travel and we take several long trips every year. I stay active by working out, playing pickle ball and table tennis.

I am on the board of two chess related non-profit organizations. I am a certified chess tournament director and have organized and directed numerous local and national tournaments.

I achieved the National Master title with the US Chess Federation in 1991. These days I only compete infrequently and mostly play chess casually online.
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Lee L.

Lee L.

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Greetings!

My name is Pete Andrews, and I've enjoyed playing chess for 24 years! Most recently, I taught in southern California on behalf of the San Diego Chess Academy. I worked at seven different schools, teaching elementary students basic chess fundamentals with the hope of instilling in them a love for this great game! My style is very interactive, and I am constantly asking questions to ensure that everyone is involved and comfortable with the lesson. The approach we used was to slowly and thoroughly go through brief master games, explaining move by move exactly what was going on, followed by supervised orb (over the board) play. Many of my students improved significantly over the course of their sessions, and I am confident that I can help any motivated student to understand fundamental chess principles, improve rapidly, and have fun! I look forward to working with you!

Sincerely,

Pete

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Whether you've never played a game of chess in your life, or think the terms "en passant" or "castling long" refer to something out of a medieval dungeon, fear not! You've come to the right place! I can comfortably and quickly take a complete beginner and make them a competent player able to play and enjoy chess, or a beginner/intermediate player to the next level through an enjoyable study of instructive games, tactics and sound chess principles! Together we will have fun and improve!
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About Matthew C.

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Hi, I'm Matt! I am a full time chess teacher/tutor. Over the last 6 years I have worked with over 100 students of all ages. At the age of 19, I earned the title of Chess Expert from the United States Chess Federation. I have taught both children and adults. I have experience teaching in large classroom settings and in one-on-one sessions.

For new players and beginners, my curriculum focuses on building a strong foundation of the rules, chess tactics, chess theory as well as a brief history of some of the best chess players of all time.

For the more advanced players, we focus more on the most recent chess theory and opening theory. If you have interest in competing in chess tournaments, I will analyze your games and prepare strategies.

I look forward to exploring the world of chess with all my students.

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I am Matt i'm 25.
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Matthew C.

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